The New York Jets (3-4) will be looking for a sweep of division rival the Miami Dolphins (3-3) at home this Sunday. The Jets already defeated the Dolphins earlier this season in a come from behind overtime thriller, 23-20. New York has not swept the regular season matchup with the Dolphins since the 2007 season.
Jets’ franchise quarterback Mark Sanchez made some really big plays in the initial meeting. Sanchez threw for 306 yards, completing 21 of 45 passes including a touchdown and two interceptions. Sanchez’s two interceptions were overlooked because he led the Jets to 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. His counterpart, Ryan Tannehill, completed less than 50% of his passes while throwing for 196 yards and an interception.
Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan will look to improve his run defense, in week 3 they gave up 185 yards. The rush defense has been a continuous problem this season, the Jets have allowed five out of their seven opponents to rush for more than 130 yards.
The Jets will look a lot different on offense and defense on Sunday than in the first meeting. The Jets will not forget the first matchup, they lost their defensive leader, cornerback Darrelle Revis, who tore his left ACL on a non-contact play during the third quarter.
Jets’ wide receiver Santonio Holmes will also be absent from the Jets’ huddle, injuring his foot in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers back in week 4. The Dolphins’ secondary will not be extremely disappointed for Holmes’ absent, he had 9 catches for 147 yards back in week 3.
The Dolphins’ rookie quarterback seems to have matured since the first meeting. In the three games since his first meeting with the Jets, he has completed over 60% of his passes, thrown for 839 yards and three touchdowns to just two interceptions. The most important aspect, the Dolphins have won two of the last three games.
The Jets also have seen a transformation in one of their premier players, running back Shonn Greene. The fourth year running back out of Iowa has rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns over the last 2 games.
The opposite is true for backup quarterback Tim Tebow. New York City’s most notorious quarterback has seen more plays over the last two games, but increased playing time has not translated into more production.
A win for the Jets brings their record back to .500 for the season going into their bye week. In 2009, the Jets also had a .500 record going into their bye week. That year, their season ended playing for the AFC Championship with, then rookie quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Gang Green would have an impressive and respectable 3-1 record in the division.
A loss for the Jets drops them two games under .500 going into the bye. Possibly signaling a need for significant changes during their extra time off. New York would fall to .500 in the division at 2-2.