The New York Jets will have their hands full as they try to contain Miami Dolphins’ Jay Ajayi who has broken out the past two weeks.The New York Jets don’t want to become a part of history. Jay Ajayi is attempting to go over 200 yards for the third week in a row which would be a record. Luckily the Jets have the third best run defense in the league.
It’s not happening, says Sheldon Richardson.
“Decent back,” Richardson proclaimed, via ESPN. “They found a little groove with him right now. I think we’ve got a game plan for him. We’re not going to be a footnote in history, and that’s how we approach it.”
One thing is for sure, the Jets have been very good defending the run. They allow the third fewest yards per game at 88.2. It’s their pass defense that is the issue.
If the Jets utilize their strength to it’s fullest potential they can have a pretty good shot against this Miami Dolphins team. The Jets pass defense is their weakness on the defensive side of the ball for sure.
The one positive the Jets have going is Ryan Tannehill as the opposing QB. There are more than a few rumblings about the future of Tannehill in Miami.
He’s got seven passing TDs and seven INTs through seven games so far this year. Notice a trend here? If Tannehill throws for a TD and an INT the jets would be in pretty good shape. The likelihood of Tannehill torching Gang Green’s defense by passing is unlikely despite the Jets poor defensive backfield.
The Dolphins, rightfully so, rely heavily on the run game. If the Jets stop Ajayi they likely stop the Dolphins offense.
With the Jets offensive struggles keeping this a low scoring game would be ideal for the Jets, especially if they can create a turnover from Tannehill. They will be taking a similar approach with their running game.
The only difference is Miami is 24th in the league against the run. Advantage Jets. If they stop Ajayi they most likely win on Sunday.