1. Scheme out Cameron Wake
- Cameron Wake is an absolutely devastating pass rushing presence. The Jets won their matchup with the Dolphins earlier in the year because they were able to hold Wake without a sack, though he did have several pressures. If the Jets want to complete the season sweep, they’ll have to keep Wake off of Mark Sanchez so that their newly efficient passing offense has time to work its magic. If Wake is a non-factor, the Jets should be able to mount a good offensive attack.
2. Spread the ball around
- Jeremy Kerley just had his first career 100-yard game, Stephen Hill’s getting more consistent by the week (despite that costly drop near the end of the game against New England last week), and Dustin Keller clearly boosts the Jets’ passing game and gives Mark Sanchez a target he’s comfortable throwing to. Patriots CB Devin McCourty went so far as to suggest that the Jets are in fact more dangerous without Santonio Holmes, as Sanchez doesn’t feel the need to get the ball to him. Having Keller back in the lineup undoubtedly helps Sanchez, as he’s the only target Sanchez has had throughout his career. Last week, with a healthy Keller as part of the Jets’ starting offense, he caught six passes for 72 yards and a score, and Sanchez had his highest completion percentage since Week 1, and the most passing yards all year. Kerley, as stated before, had the most productive game of his career, and Hill had his best game since Week 1. McCourty appears to be right. Sanchez is able to spread the ball around without the need to force the ball to anyone with Holmes out of the lineup, and the Jets’ passing attack is improved for it. While the Jets didn’t win last week, it gave them a blueprint for success on offense. If the Jets want to beat Miami, they’ll have to spread the ball around to every weapon, and keep the Miami defense on its heels. If they can do that by getting the ball to Kerley and Keller often while taking plenty of deep shots to Hill, they should be able to be very productive on offense.
3. Contain Reggie Bush
- The Jets run defense, the football equivalent of Swiss cheese earlier in the season, has been much improved, as of late. They’ve surrendered an average of 86 yards on the ground the past two weeks, including limiting top-10 rusher Stevan Ridley of the Patriots to only 66 yards rushing last week. Miami’s offense features the ever-dangerous Reggie Bush, and the Jets will need to contain him in order to stifle the Dolphins’ offense. If the Jets run defense is as good as its looked in the past couple weeks, they need to maintain that high level of play in order to be successful moving forward.
4. Sack Ryan Tannehill
- The Jets beat the Dolphins in their first matchup, but only barely. A lot of that was because when Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill dropped back to pass, he had a lot of time to look downfield or move around and extend the play, something Tannehill used to lead a game-tying drive in the final two minutes. In order to get the Dolphins off the field and inefficient in passing situations, the Jets need to get to Tannehill and bring him down, something the Jets were unable to do a single time in their first matchup. Tannehill’s mobility is a strong suit for him, and its up to the Jets to eliminate that weapon from his game.
By Arun Morace
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