The Jets coming off a crushing loss on the road to the Bengals look to return home and right the ship in hopes of a good end to the season against the dolphins today. So I’m going to run down 5 things to keep an eye on in todays game.
No Le’veon, No Difference
If Coach Gase didn’t elect to try and run the ball more against the worst rush defense in the league last week, then a change from that isn’t likely this week. The Jets rank 27th in rush attempts per game this season, averaging just 22.3 rush attempts per game. The team announced yesterday they would be without their premier back, Le’veon Bell, in todays game. So don’t expect a shift in play calling with Bilal Powell expected to take a majority of the snaps.
Come Out Swinging
The last time these two teams faced off, to say the least, was an embarrassing affair. The game started off in typical Jets fashion. Beautiful first drive, followed by an utter collapse. Including 21 unanswered points from the Dolphins in the second quarter. Consider Adam Gase a fool me once shame on you kind of guy, as he surprisingly has a winning record when playing teams a second time in a season (6-4 for those wondering.) To do this, Coach Gase is going to have to have this team looking like they looked the three weeks leading up to the Bengals game. Make a statement early. A shot downfield, Designed run for Darnold, Anything to get this offense cooking.
Prez Out Of Office
The team announced yesterday that they would be without All Pro Safety Jamal Adams this week. A crushing blow to a team who has been marred by injuries all season. Adams who suffered an ankle injury early in last weeks game. He finished the game but was practically non-existent, recording only 1 tackle after three big weeks prior. The Jets will also be without cornerback Brian Poole, making that two vital pieces of the secondary the defense will be missing. Expect Gregg Williams to do what he has done all season and get creative with this defense to try and force some unique pressure on this Dolphins team.
Sam In The Saddle
With Le’veon bell out, Number 14’s security blanket is out of the picture. This is the game Sam needs to make a statement to show why he’s going to be the Jets quarterback for years to come. And what a perfect game to do it. Down multiple stars on defense and one major piece in the offense. Everyone looks like they’ll be able get in the game with Sam under center. A bright spot of this team has been the target share on offense, Sam typically gets the ball to 7 or more receivers a week. And last week he got the ball to ten different receivers. Today should be no different, Miami has allowed an average of 256 yards through the air, ranking 23rd in the league. Look for Tight end Ryan Griffin to shine today specifically as the dolphins have allowed 700+ yards from Tight Ends this season.
Second Time’s The Charm?
The Good thing about division rivals is you get to see them twice a season. And the first time was not ideal. Much like the Bengals game last week, The Jets walked into Miami expecting a win. Which is a very bad thing to do when you’re the Jets. But that was the first time, like I referenced earlier Coach Gase does in fact have a winning record when playing a team for the second time in a season. Unfortunately for the Jets this is not the same Dolphins team they met in early November. This Dolphins team has won some significant games. Including last week when they Cut up a potential playoff contender in the Philadelphia Eagles, 37-31. And with the banged up Jets Secondary we could potentially even see another December shootout from Darnold. Hopefully with a different outcome than the Packers shootout from last year.
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