The New York Jets are set to visit the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium for the rivalry’s 93rd meeting. Both teams find themselves 1-1 and at a gridlock in the AFC East. Many are wondering if Mark Sanchez can rebound from a dismal loss where he threw for just 138 yards. As for Tim Tebow, he’s been absent from the field nearly all season.
Joe Philbin earned his first win as an NFL head coach as Ryan Tannehill and Reggie Bush each performed very well on offense. Special teams continue to be a solid group for Miami as well. However, the Jets defense poses a difficult challenge for a confident but inexperinced group of receivers.
1. Jets in the Air: Sanchez struggled mightily last week in throwing for just 58 yards in the final three quarters against Pittsburgh. However, Miami’s pass defense is suspect. The Dolphins have given up 627 yards passing through two games, good enough for 30th in the league. Miami’s stout run defense will force Sanchez to throw and Jets fans should be optimistic. Expect the quarterback to toss two touchdowns and 250 yards passing.
2. Tannehill Tamed: Rookie Ryan Tannehill made excellent strides with zero turnovers and two touchdowns last Sunday. However, the Jets present a difficult challenge because their run defense is so good. Coach Philbin will need Tannehill to put the game on his shoulders, something that he may struggle with. The no-huddle offense will be interrupted with incomplete passes and minimal gains. Somewhere between 175-200 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception is realistic for Tannehill.
3. Time of Possession: Both teams have shown they can hit major lulls on offense. Game management will be critical and that edge goes to the experienced Sanchez. Whichever team controls possession late in the fourth quarter should win this game. New York will keep the Dolphins offense reeling and off the field to win on the road, 17-14.