Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/17/12

N.Y. Jets at Miami

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla. - TV: CBS; DirecTV: 710

*TV announcers: Marv Albert, Rich Gannon

*Keys to the game: As Miami does its part to make anyone but rookie QB Ryan Tannehill the focal point, the crux of the Jets' defensive plan is to make Tannehill win the game. New York's approach, blending fronts that convert SS LaRon Landry to a linebacker and blitzer in "46" looks, includes single coverage of RB Reggie Bush, who caught Tannehill's longest pass last week (25 yards) on a key third down. Bush is averaging 6.0 yards per carry and had a 65-yard touchdown in a 26-carry, 172-yard effort last week and broke four tackles on a 23-yard scoring jaunt. Bush could be spelled more regularly going forward by rookie Lamar Miller, who gained 65 yards on 10 carries and had a 15-yard touchdown in his NFL debut last week. The Jets are converting 53.8 percent of third down tries, but the Dolphins excel in that area -- 27.6 percent allowed. The absence of a consistent ground game hinders play-calling, and the Jets could unveil a heavier dose of QB Tim Tebow as a run-first complement to QB Mark Sanchez.

*Matchup to watch - Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano vs. Dolphins defense: LB Karlos Dansby and many of the Dolphins' veterans in the teeth of their defense have been well-prepped -- by Sparano -- in stopping the wildcat and inside isolation running plays. They were also one of the initial victims of Tebow's turnaround of the Broncos last season.

*Player spotlight - Jets RB Bilal Powell: Impressive and endorsed by coach Rex Ryan in preseason play, Powell stepped in when starter Shonn Greene (head) was dazed in the Week 2 defeat at Pittsburgh. Powell led the Jets in rushing with 33 yards on nine carries.

*Fast facts: Sanchez completed only 10 passes last week, three on the last-minute drive. ... The Dolphins have held opponents to 2.2 yards per carry this season.


The Jets will overplay their hand to take away RB Reggie Bush, and rookie QB Ryan Tannehill isn't ready to stare down the barrel at Jets CBs Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie with too few gamebreakers at wide receiver.

*Our pick: Jets 23-13

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