On Sunday the New York Jets (5-6) try to end their two game losing streak against the Miami Dolphins (5-6) at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. EST). This match-up has significant playoff implications as the loser will be all but eliminated from post season contention.
Control the line of scrimmage- In order for the Jets offense to get back on track the offensive line has to start dominating the battles in the trenches. Gang Green’s line must be prepared to face constant pressure as Miami is going to sell out to stop the running game. In addition, the running backs and tight ends must remain consistent in terms of blitz pick-up.
Aggressive playcalling- It is no secret that the New York Jets will try to pound the rock against the 26th ranked Dolphins run defense. At the same time offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg must keep the defense off balance with the passing game. Gang Green cannot afford to have quarterback Geno Smith in repeated third and long situations. Predictable playcalling is the recipe for failure with this Jets offense.
Play with confidence- Over the past couple of weeks the Jets have lost confidence on offense. Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg have to find a way to get their rookie quarterback back on track. If Geno Smith struggles out of the box it could take the life out of the team and the stadium. Mornhinweg should try to incorporate emotional guys like Santonio Holmes and Kellen Winslow early on to give the unit a boost.
Dominate the line- The New York Jets front seven should absolutely dominate a Dolphins offensive line that has yielded 44 sacks. Look for big plays from Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Quinton Coples.
Contain Clay- One of the biggest surprises for the Dolphins has been the play of tight end Charles Clay (46 catches, 4tds). The Jets linebackers and safeties must play physical with Clay and take him away as a safety valve option, especially on third down.
Match-up with Mike- The Jets secondary is going to have their hands full with wide receiver Mike Wallace. The Dolphins receiver has game breaking speed and will look to take advantage of a unit that may be without Antonio Cromartie. Gang Green will have to check Wallace at the line and roll coverage on deep routes.
This game could be just what the doctor ordered for Gang Green. The Jets should be able to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Defensively the line should be in the backfield the entire game. On offense running back Bilal Powell and company should fine space to run. It will be up to Geno to limit turnovers and to make some plays in the passing game. A quick start is a must for New York as the crowd could turn on them following another slow start. Jets 14-9