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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
East Rutherford, NJ (Dec 12) – The New York Jets have done a lot of talking this season but now it is time to play. The score of 45-3 last week in New England defeated the Jets. Not only is New England their division rival it is who they are battling for best record in the league and the game left no doubt that the Jets have a lot of work to do before they can say anything again about being the best or a Super Bowl Team.
The Jets will take on the Miami Dolphins at home in the New Meadowlands Stadium. Here are some news and notes to get you ready for the game.
Rex Ryan buried the game ball from the game last week to prove a point. He is trying to tell his team it is only one game and right now, he is right. The Jets can only worry about the next game and win it but eventually that game last week will come up. The Jets may have to face them down the road again or may not have home field advantage because of that game.
The Jets also have games in Chicago and Pittsburgh, which is not going to be easy and makes this week’s game an even bigger game. The Jets have already beaten the Dolphins once this season and need to sweep the season series. If the Jets do win the game, it would be their first 10-win season since 2006. It would place Miami on the brink of missing the postseason for the eighth time in nine seasons.
The Jets in their first meeting against the Dolphins had no problems offensively but last week that was not the case. Mark Sanchez appeared to be on the verge of being a superstar, but has taken a step backward especially last week. The Jets also have to be worried about their secondary, which was shredded by Tom Brady and is missing Jim Leonhard for the rest of the season after he broke his shin last week in practice.
Chad Henne the Dolphins QB had a career high 363 passing yards with two touchdowns against the Jets in their first meeting. He did throw three picks last week though against the Browns with one of them coming with 1:34 remaining in the game. It led to the Browns game winning field goal as time expired. Miami has been alternating wins and losses over the last eight games and one more loss will probably put them out of the postseason for good.
I would pick the Jets to win this game especially coming after last week’s disaster in New England. I do not think it will even be that close with the Jets winning by the score of 24-10. The Jets should be going back to their ground and pound ways which they need to do in December and January.
They have the ability to run the ball and control the clock. The defense is good but not dominating and it is best to give them some rest with the offense controlling the clock. The Jets biggest problem on defense has been the lack of a pass rush. It looks like it is just the personnel and not the strategy. It would really help the secondary out if they could get any kind of pass rush going. I think the Jets have talent but it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from a big blow that they suffered last week. It will be the week to see what they are really made of and if they can be a team that has to be reckoned with going into the playoffs.