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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
You know what? I still hate the Jets more than any other NFL team. Let's get into the mood a little here.
Q: Why do NY York fans keep their season tickets on their dashboards?
A: So they can park in handicap spaces.
Q: Why did the NY Jets offensive lineman with a concussion go to the bank?
A: To get his quarterback!
Q: How do you stop a NY Jets fan from beating his wife?
A: Dress her in a Miami Dolphins Jersey!
Q: Did you hear that the NY Jets football team doesn't have a website?
A: They can't string three "Ws" together.
Q: Where do you go in New Jersey in case of a tornado?A: Metlife Stadium they never get a touchdown there!
Q: How many NY Jets does it take to change a tire?
A: One, unless it's a blowout, in which case they all show up
Enjoy the game ... and Go Fins!
The Miami Dolphins are alone in first place!!! And guess what, a win over the J-E-T-S keeps them there for another week!!! 1 PM game in New Jersey this weekend where the Dolphins are favored by 6 with an over/under of 41.5.
Last week I expected Adam Gase to unleash the rocket arm that is Jay Cutler. I foresaw an aggressive passing attack to set the tone. Instead Gase used a combo of Jay Ajayi runs and Jarvis Landry screens to set up the rushing attack. It left a lot of us scratching our heads but perhaps it was the smart move so that the offense can continue to gel. The playbook opened up in the second half and Miami came away with a nice road victory to start the season. The offensive line was decent, and that is good considering LA boasted a very good run defense and vicious pass rush. Miami's defense contained Melvin Gordon but was carved up by Philip Rivers. Luckily all of those yards did not translate to many points.
Lets take a quick look at the Jets. Sitting at 0-2 they have surrendered the most points and the most rushing yards in the NFL. That bodes very well for Adam Gase's run heavy approach. I hope he doesn't have Ajayi carry the ball another 28 times as its a long season with no bye week. They have solid backups. The Jets' passing defense is also currently ranked 28th in yards allowed. Their defensive line includes a formidable duo in Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonards Williams. Both could give the Dolphins' interior offensive linemen fits. The weak link in Game 1 was Laremy Tunsil so he'll have to tighten up his play to stop the Jets' defense from clobbering Cutler. This defense could be very good in a few years as they have a lot of big name, young talent - the previously mentioned Wilkerson and Williams, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye and Jordan Jenkins. Jets fans better hope Todd Bowles can get these guys to play up to their draft hype.
On offense the Jets are, um, well...yeesh. It seems like the worst kept secret that they are tanking for the first overall pick. Josh McCown seems to be the new Ryan Fitzpatrick where he'll bounce from team to team with expectations of a decent year. He won't hurt a team too badly but he also isn't taking over a game. The rushing combo of Matt Forte and Bilal Powell looks decent on paper but neither has shown much yet. While the Jets had over 100 yards rushing last week you have to consider that McCown and 3rd string back Elijah McGuire accounted for 50 of those yards. I'd list the Jets' receivers but I doubt you would even recognize any of the names outside of Jermaine Kearse. The offense couldn't even muster 300 yards total in either game this year.
It really stinks for the Jets defense that they have all of that young talent but no leader. LB David Harris could have filled that void but is now with the Patriots. They also will get gassed frequently because the offense won't be able to stay on the field. Perfect opportunity for Miami to ground, pound and wear out New York's front 7.
This game should be a layup for Miami, but we all know that weird things happen on Sunday. This will be the home opener for the Jets and they are playing against a hated rival. They could have enough emotion and andrenaline to make this a competitive game. I'm thinking Adam Gase comes in with a similar blue print as the San Diego game. With the defense relatively healthy I don't think we'll see any major changes in snap counts. They should be able to contain Forte and Powell on the ground but need to be cautious of McCown using check downs to challenge the LBs. Last week Mike Hull really struggled in coverage, and while the Dolphins just traded for Stephone Anthony I'm not certain he's going to play much. We already know Lawrence Timmons isn't playing (and may never for that matter). The good news is that the Jets offensive line has struggled to protect McCown. He has been sacked 5 times already with a lost fumble. He also has thrown 2 interceptions. The secondary will not be facing the receiving threats they saw in Los Angeles last week. Contain the run, force long third downs and pressure McCown into mistakes.
As I mentioned earlier, this would be a nice game to go run heavy. The Jets' defense has given up 190 and 180 yards rushing in their first two games. Don't be afraid to get Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake into the mix. Last week Miami ran the ball 32 times. I understand Ajayi got most of the load because they needed his tackle breaking ability to get into field goal range late in the game. This week maybe give 8 of those carries to the backups and add a few other runs for them. The Jets are going to try to get Cutler to force errant throws because that is their only chance to steal one here. Why even give them the opportunity? Cutler did a very nice job of managing the game in Los Angeles and took some chances when they were available. Wash, rinse and repeat. This doesn't need to be a statement game.
As a Dolphins fan I'm always going to have that nagging thought in the back of my head that something will go wrong. Adam Gase has proven time and time again that his team finds ways to win rather than botch it. I expect this to be a ho hum, comfortable victory for Miami. They will show up ready to play and will not revert to the level of their opponent.
New York 17