In week 1, the New York Jets victory against the Bills was a great start to the season. However, to get an even better insight on how their troubled offense is holding up, they needed to be in action against a team with a much stronger defense than the Bills. On Sunday, the Jets played against the Pittsburgh Steelers and we watched them crash. In week 3, they face division rivals, the Miami Dolphins. With the Dolphins coming off a win and the Jets coming off a loss, the only true question is “What’s in store for the Jets?”
Both teams are 1-1. Miami played a great game in week 2, while the Jets struggled with their already ‘patchy’ offense. Although Tim Tebow played, he was only present in three offensive plays and came into the game in the third quarter when the Jets were trailing 20-10. He managed to make a 22-yard run, but was silent after that. The absence of CB Darrelle Revis was also notably missed, and the Jets can’t afford for him to be out again in week 3. Revis was limited in practice this week after suffering a mild concussion in week 1. He’ll need to be cleared by the team physician and a neurologist in order to play in Sunday’s game and even have a full contact practice. TE Dustin Keller, whose presence is also needed, has been out since week 2 against the Steelers. Keller is suffering from a hamstring injury that has been ongoing since the preseason.
As the Jets head back to the drawing board, we have to take a look at what they can improve on. Their offense is where most of the trouble is, so OC Tony Sparano is going to have to think of a way where Tebow can have more playing time in an effective way. More playing time for Tebow may be the key to helping out the offense, especially if Keller is still out. For the past few seasons, Keller has been Sanchez’s ‘go-to’ guy and has been able to make some great catches and touchdowns. Dolphins RB Reggie Bush ran a career high 26 times for 172-yards and had two touchdowns last week. This is where the Jets defense is going to have to find a way to stop him. Their rookie QB, Ryan Tannehill, had a good game as well. Going into this week, the Dolphins are still going to be hyped from their previous win. Another issue the Jets can work on to prepare themselves for the Dolphins is their defense improving on third down. They did horrible against the Steelers, allowing them to convert on 8 of 15. With Revis possibly still being out, they are going to have to work extra hard.
Within the past two seasons, the Jets and Dolphins are 2-2 with the Jets losing both road and home games against them. This game also marks the homecoming for Jets’ newly acquired OC Tony Sparano, who was the head coach for the Dolphins last season. This should be an interesting one.