READY FOR THE SPREAD

The Indianapolis Colts started the game against the Dolphins with a formation that featured four wide receivers, and the Dolphins are expecting the Jets to do something similar on Sunday.

The Jets might not use four wide receivers at the same time, but they will be expected to test a Dolphins secondary that very well could be without the services of starting cornerback Patrick Surtain.

The Jets have spread the field against the Dolphins in the past, and with some success. Dolphins fans no doubt remember cornerback Jerry Wilson chasing Jets receivers all over the field a couple of seasons ago.

"We are going to see some spread formations because that is what they have done in the past," said Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison. "We have seen it with other teams and Detroit tried to do it. They weren't successful and hopefully it will be the same way this week."

The Lions weren't successful against the Dolphins because they were starting a mediocre quarterback.

The Jets have Vinny Testaverde, who is capable of doing some damage. One only has to look back to the "Monday Night Miracle" to acknowledge that fact.

New York doesn't have a receiver nearly as dangerous as Marvin Harrison, who burned the Dolphins last Sunday, but they have a lot of quality receivers. Their group is led by Wayne Chrebet and Laveranues Coles, who has had a lot of success against the Dolphins in the past two years.

Coach Dave Wannstedt said this week that he figured the Jets have to go Curtis Martin involved in the offense, but the Jets might figure the best way to attack the Dolphins defense is to go after their depleted secondary.

The bottom line for the Dolphins is that they will be ready for whatever the Jets throw at them.

"We are going to give up some yards, but everyone gives up yards in the NFL," Madison said. "We just have to minimize those yards. Hopefully, we can do that this week."


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