The Jets should be very careful against a dangerous team in the Dolphins who will do everything and anything to leave London victorious.
The New York Jets will meet the Miami Dolphins in London this Sunday. Our U.K. Jet fans are hyped up for the game and the stadium fans promise to make this a home game for the Jets. Fans here are equally excited, some even making the trip across the pond to follow their team. The Jets stand at 2-1 going into the contest and the fan base is pumped to see them go 3-1 heading into the bye week.
We talked earlier in the season that a 3-1 start with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm would be ideal, fantastic in many fans opinion at the time. Fitzpatrick has fared fairly well for the Jets in three games, but fans raised concerns after last week’s poor performance against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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The game on Sunday will be an important contest for both teams as they hit the quarter way point in the NFL season.
Many of the fan base I’ve talked to have already claimed victory in this game after watching the dismantling the Dolphins suffered at the hands of the Buffalo Bills last week in a 41-14 loss. The consensus many of the fans have is the Jets will win this easily. I’m not as confident as most, it would appear.
I’m not predicting a Jet loss to the Dolphins this Sunday, I actually believe they are the better team. What I am saying is, the Dolphins could be a dangerous opponent under the circumstances. I have some concerns heading into this game and am not as sure fired positive that the Jets will enter next week’s bye standing at 3-1. Let me tell you why.
First the Dolphins are a talented team, they have talent on both sides of the ball and the 1-2 record they possess doesn’t clearly indicate this team’s potential. Last week’s horrendous performance is not indicative of the talent this team possesses, and to under estimate them could be a fatal mistake on the Jets part.
Secondly, I expect the Dolphins’ coaching staff to use the loss to Buffalo as a way to motivate their team. You can bet that head coach Joe Philbin and his staff have been hard at work fixing the issues of last week and motivating their football team. Going into the bye, the quarter way point, the Dolphins are on the verge of elimination if they were to lose this game to the Jets and go 1-3. Philbin and his staff know the situation and are likely preaching the urgency.
The Jets on the other hand are 2-1, after a poor performance last week. They haven’t played particularly well in any contest this season, but have done well enough to post victories in their first two games. With the loss of Willie Colon to a knee injury, Brian Winters will need to step up and fill the spot against a talented defensive front. The Jets have issues, the team is still developing as the season progresses, but injuries could slow them again this week. The Jets will need to bring their A game for this match up.
Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets guard Willie Colon on the exercise bike during minicamp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets have the talent undoubtedly to win this game. They must play better then they did last week, but they go into this one as the favorite. I see this as a “trap game” for the Jets. The distractions of London, the long flight and lack of rest could be enough to make players lose focus. The Jets need to keep the focus on the game and not look ahead to their bye week.
The Dolphins are a dangerous obstacle in this year’s schedule. I expect them to come out and play with urgency, they are hungry for a victory and their season is on the line. The Dolphins have not played to the talent level this team possesses, it is a talented roster that to this point has disappointed its fan base. Expect them to try to change that this week.
The Jets vs Dolphins game this Sunday promises to be a good one. The Dolphins will be out to prove they still deserve to be included in the AFC playoff discussion and the Jets will be out to prove they belong at the front of that same conversation. I think the final in this one to be closer than most fans expect. I have the Jets winning by seven points, 24 -17.
What’s your take on the game? Do you see this as a “trap game” as well? Maybe you see the Jets dismantling the Dolphins in London? We hear at The Jet Press would like to hear what you are thinking. Please leave us a comment below and join the discussion. The Jets are playing in London so let’s talk some Jet football!!