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Antonio Cromartie Should Get Plenty of Help on Brandon Marshall

MIAMI - AUGUST 14:  Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins lines up against  the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the preseason game at Sun Life Stadium on August 14 2010 in Miami Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
MIAMI - AUGUST 14: Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins lines up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the preseason game at Sun Life Stadium on August 14 2010 in Miami Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Brandon Marshall will spend Sunday on Alcrotraz. Antonio Cromartie drew Randy Moss for almost the entire second half of last week's game against New England. He should see Marshall on the other side for most of the night. He should not be alone, though.

While the job Cro did on Randy Moss was very impressive, I'm not sure he is at the point where the Jets can trust him to handle Marshall by himself. If he uses his strength and athleticism the way he did against Moss, he can take Marshall away. He hasn't shown the consistency, though, for Gang Green to feel confident enough to leave Cromartie on his own.

The Dolphins do not have many other weapons in the passing game. Davone Bess is a really good slot receiver, but he's no game breaker. Brian Hartline has 3 catches for 28 yards at this early point of the season after a 31 reception rookie year. The jury is still out on him.

The Jets need to double Marshall to try and take him off the table. They should force Chad Henne to target his secondary options. Can they succeed and beat Dwight Lowery and Kyle Wilson. Yes, but I don't see an edge of any substance for Miami. It's best to force the opponent to beat you by having significantly lesser players step up.