How Do The Jets Attack That Dolphins Defense and Contain Their Offense?
-The Jets were able to move the ball last week vs the Pats defense but this week they are facing a somewhat better Miami Dolphins secondary. But, it’s a secondary that will be without starting CB Richard Marshall who will miss his 3rd straight game with a lingering back injury. The Dolphins secondary is “better” than the Patriots but Sam Bradford still threw for over 300 yards against them as he was able to find the holes and exploit them. Sanchez will have a few weapons at his disposal this time around that he didnt have during his first meeting vs the Dolphins. TE Dustin Keller and WR Stephen Hill will both be active this week after missing the first Dolphins game about a month ago. Some are calling it a ‘wash” seeing as though Holmes isnt in the lineup but you’d be hard press to find anyone that doesnt think this Jets passing game has been better since Holmes has gone down, whether you agree with that notion or not, it IS a debate.
-Go after the Dolphins LBs with Keller and see if he can repeat the big game he had last week vs the Pats. Keller has a propensity to play very well against divisional opponents and the Dolphins are not immune to Keller’s knack for big games vs divisional opponents.
- Keep attacking with Kerley from the slot. Week in and out Jeremy Kerley is showing that he is legit and demands serious defensive attention. Kerley is becoming a great route runner and an even better pass catcher especially when there’s plays to needed to be made. Kerley had a TD grab during the first meeting with the Dolphins, a beautiful slant pass from Sanchez. With the Dolphins injury issues as CB, the Jets need to allow Kerley to roam free to see where he can have the most success in the secondary.
-The Dolphins secondary played alot of man vs the Rams, that bodes well for the Sanchez to Kerley connection.
-Look for Rex and Sparano to try to enforce the running game this week with Greene, Hilliard and Grimes. The Dolphins run defense is certainly very good but that shouldnt stop the Jets from running to help set up the pass for Sanchez. Look for Greene, Hilliard and Grimes to all get touches this week to help tenderize that Dolphins run defense. RB Joe McKnight is still questionable but if he can go this week, it’ll be very big.
-As i eluded to earlier, Ryan Tannenhill has been playing better more consistent football as of late in spreading the ball around effectively. When given time, Tannenhill has been making very solid decisions with the football in being able to adequately locate his targets for the most part, which is why Rex WONT give him the time to do so. Expect Rex to come after Tannenhill with blitzes and disguises and will force Tannenhill to beat him with his arm.
-Jets run defense has been better these last few weeks and they will need to be on their A-game with Reggie Bush coming into MetLife. Considering Bush has officially galvanized this Jets defense with his STUPID comments re: Revis and other things, I’d say the Jets defense is PROBABLY prepared for Reggie Bush this time around.