Sep 16, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) carries the ball against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Good morning Jets fans, it's a big week this week as we take on our heated rivals the Miami Dolphins in an AFC East showdown. With all four teams stuck at 1-1, it's always important to beat the teams in your division and we could take our divisional record to 2-0 on Sunday.
The Miami Dolphins are a rebuilding team, they have a new young quarterback who they are throwing into the fire this year and they have the running game to support it. Through two games this season, Reggie Bush is averaging 6.0 yards a carry and rookie Lamar Miller is averaging 6.5 yards a carry. Now most of the damage came against a terrible Oakland team, I watched a lot of that game and the tackling was high school standard. However you can not underestimate the talent that both Bush and Miller have. If we can stop the run though, I'm not nervous about being beaten in the air.....not with a rookie quarterback and some suspect receivers.
The good news is that we limited Dwyer to 2.3 yards a carry last week against the Steelers and Redman was even worse at 2.1 yards a carry. In week one we surrendered a lot of yards to C.J Spiller, however a lot of that came in garbage time and we were without Sione Pouha anchoring the middle of the line. This week we will have that line to depend on, the same as we did in week 2.
The real question mark comes down to tackling as it always does with limiting the running game. In week one against the Bills, we saw some very dodgy attempted tackling. I'm looking at Landry to come in and wrap up instead of going for that big hit, the corners to play physical and get off the blocks as Reggie loves to bounce it to the outside. Miami's greatest strength does play to one of our greatest strengths as well. Stopping the run will be vital and it will certainly be something to watch out for.