The last time the Jets and the Dolphins met in Week 3, the Jets squeezed by with an overtime win they frankly they didn’t deserve, and I know I speak for Jets fans everywhere when I say I’d like to see a more decisive performance from Gang Green this time around, as they look to sweep the ‘Phins for the first time under Rex Ryan.
The key components of the Week 3 matchup remain the same, though there are a few exceptions, with the two most significant being the absence of Revis and Holmes.
Here are a few other things to note for this week. (For more on this match-up, check out my Week 3 preview here).
*The Jets just signed tight end (and former Rugby star) Hayden Smith from the practice squad this afternoon (they released WR Jason Hill to make room for Smith). With Jeff Cumberland out until after the bye with a dislocated wrist, all signs point to Smith being active for Sunday’s game. It will be Smith’s first NFL game.
*Jeremy Kerley has been a reliable target for Sanchez in the absence of Holmes. Sanchez’s bestie on and off the field has always been Keller, but Sanchez and Kerley have developed a new Bromance. The completion percentage of 76.9 between Sanchez and Kerley ranks second among 52 duos with at least 10 attempts.
*Reggie Bush has not looked like himself since he suffered his knee injury in the week 3 game, but the running back – who will be looking to gash the Jets after Ryan’s “hot sauce” comments and smack talk from Jets’ defenders all week – has a career average 6.5 ypc vs. the Jets.
*Bart Scott is out for this game with a toe injury, ending his steak of 119 consecutive games. Rookie Demario Davis will see more playing time with Scott out, which is actually a good thing for the defense.
The Jets are two point favorites in this game, and while they have played better as of late and really should walk away with a win, Miami is a better team than they’re given credit for. Moreover, the Jets and Dolphins always play each other close, and with all of the off the field shenanigans that transpired this week, both teams will be jazzed up. Should be a fun one.
If you missed this week’s episode of ”The Blue and Green Review,” you can catch the replay here. Joe and I recapped the action from week 7 and previewed Jets-Dolphins with B/R and PFF writer Alessandro Miglio. Alex offered some really great insight on the Dolphins, how they might adjust their game plan from week 3, and also talked a little fantasy football.