The New York Jets will look to earn their third win this Sunday morning when they face-off against the rival Miami Dolphins in London.
By Jeff Jarboe
Coming off of a Week 3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in which they turned the ball over four times and Ryan Fitzpatrick threw the ball 58 times, the New York Jets will look to get back on track in Week 4 against a struggling Miami Dolphins team.
The Dolphins are heading into this game after getting blown out by the Buffalo Bills by the score of 41-14…at home. Offensively they finished with a modest 391 yards (because of garbage time), but committed three turnovers in the air. Defensively they allowed Tyrod Taylor to finish a near perfect 21/29 for 277 yards and three touchdowns, and rookie Karlos Williams to rush for over one hundred yards.
Throw in the fact that none of the Dolphins players listen to Joe Philbin when he talks, and you have the makings of an easy win for the New York Jets.
Though they also looked sloppy in their loss to Philadelphia, the Jets are in a great position heading into this game with Chris Ivory and possibly Eric Decker returning from injury. Right now Decker is questionable, but Ivory seems likely to play which is of enormous importance heading into this game.
Miami has allowed the third most rushing yards in the league through the first three games, and that came against Karlos Williams, T.J. Yeldon and Alfred Morris. Expect Chan Gailey to lean on Ivory for the majority of this game, and force the Miami defense to stack the box.
If Ivory is able to pound the Dolphins in the running game and they do end up bringing more pressure, it will be up to the offensive line to give Ryan Fitzpatrick enough time to get the ball out.
After throwing three interceptions last week and taking several unwarranted shots down the field, Fitzpatrick is definitely going to be on his best behavior against Miami. This means fewer deep shots down the field, and most likely more check-downs.
Defensively New York is going to have to worry about much of the same—none of the Miami receivers are going to burn Revis and Cromartie on the outside, but they are quick in intermediate routes. Tannehill will be looking to get the ball out quickly and accurately, which means a lot of Jarvis Landry and Lamar Miller.
If Calvin Pryor continues to play the way he has in the last three games (20 tackles, one forced fumble, one pass deflection and one interception), Miller shouldn’t be much of a problem out of the backfield.
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The job of guarding Jarvis Landry however, will fall to Buster Skrine. Skrine’s physical style of play and speed make this a favorable match-up, but his tendency to get penalized will be concerning if he’s caught in one-on-one coverage down the field.
Based on the way the Dolphins offensive line has looked these last two weeks though, I don’t expect Tannehill to have much time to throw on Sunday. Miami’s franchise quarterback has been hit 18 times in the last two weeks, and has been sacked four times.
Todd Bowles loves to bring disguised blitzes and Miami’s offensive line seems to be having a bit of trouble communicating lately. As long as they’re able to bottle up Miller and Jonas Gray in the run game, New York should see a lot of third and longs and have ample opportunities to pressure Tannehill.
Because this is the first division game for New York and Miami is heading into the game with internal issues regarding their head coach and his players, I expect this to be a comfortable victory for Todd Bowles’ group.
Jets win, 31-17.