After a very surprising weekend around the NFL, all of the teams in the AFC East find themselves at a record of 1-1. The New York Jets went into Pittsburgh with the hopes of building on a convincing win against Buffalo which saw the spontaneous revival of an offense that was presumed dead following four weeks of preseason football. A gritty Steelers defense proved to be too much to overcome and the Jets fell to the black and yellow by a final 27-10.
Despite the loss, defensive back Aaron Maybin believes that score-watching is not a part of the Jets philosophy and that his only concern is his team and not the others in the division.
"We want to control our own destiny," stated Maybin. "By doing that [score-watching] we put ourselves in a position like we put ourselves in last year, sitting at the end of the year, hoping that someone wins or loses again. We have to handle business on game day and allow the rest of the chips to fall as they will."
The Jets will now focus their attention on a Miami Dolphins team that recorded their first win against Oakland in a 35-13 blowout. The Dolphins are a run-heavy offense that thrives on the legs of star running back Reggie Bush. In last Sunday's game against Oakland, Bush exploded for 172 yards on 26 carries and his two scores put the game out of reach for Carson Palmer and the Raiders.
"He's a threat to score every time he touches the ball," Maybin asserted. "It changes the way a defense has to defend against those teams. He's definitely a guy that in your game plan, you definitely know where he is when he comes on the field."
Maybin stated that another challenge that stems from this weekend's contest is the difference in temperature as the Jets will have to conserve energy and stay hydrated to topple the Fish.
"Going down, playing that game in their house, away, in that kind of heat presents the issue of making sure that everybody is in shape and everybody is hydrated," admitted Maybin. "Making that trip from up north down south, that's the one thing that guys usually struggle with, the humidity difference and being able to adjust to that."