The Miami Dolphins will come off their bye week by traveling to meet the New York Jets this week. Since these two team last met, the Dolphins have won 2 of 3, while the Jets have lost 3 of 4. Despite the 4 loses, the Jets have been playing competitive football since getting blown out by San Francisco. However, being competitive isn’t enough for a team that was expected to be fighting for a playoff spot, and the high expectations are starting to take a toll on the players and coaches.
The Dolphins meanwhile, went into the bye week winning two in a row, and feel really good about where they are at despite losing two games in overtime they could have won. They are tied with division leading New England in the loss column, and have some favorable matchups through November. If the Dolphins are going to make a run, these next 5 weeks are critical. After the Jets, the Dolphins travel to Indy, then host Tennessee before going to Buffalo on their lone Thursday Night game. After the long week, the Dolphins host Seattle to end the month of November.
The rematch with the Jets couldn’t come at a better time for Miami. During their last meeting, the Jets lost their best player in Darell Revis for the season with a torn ACL. Since then they have also lost their best wide receiver Santonio Holmes. The offense is struggling to put up points, fans are calling for more Tebow, and Mark Sanchez isn’t having much success with the lack of weapons the Jets have. All of these factors favor the Dolphins, especially coming off a bye where they will come into this game well rested, with extra time to game plan for the Jets.
The Dolphins will likely have Jabar Gaffney active for this game. I am hoping he can turn into another viable target for Ryan Tannehill, who despite only having two real targets at wide receiver, has been more than expected during his rookie season. With a running game that excels with a healthy Reggie Bush, and a defense that will keep the Dolphins in most of it’s games, Tannehill should continue to grow before our eyes this season as the Dolphins exceed expectations. Look for another hard fought game this Sunday for the Dolphins.