MIA-NYJ Preview: With The Ball

The Jets offense struggled mightily on Monday night, putting up just three points. Can it rebound against a very good Miami pass defense?

WHEN THE DOLPHINS HAVE THE BALL:

Chad Henne will be eyeing his mega star wide out Brandon Marshall who collected 166 yards on 10 receptions, including an 11 yard touchdown during the teams' Week 3 matchup. Astonishingly, Marshall's touchdown against New York represents his only score of the season. It's worth noting that New York's own mega star was forced to miss action in that game, as cornerback Darrelle Revis was hobbled by a testy hamstring. Marshall's status for this Sunday's game is questionable, as his hamstring held him out last week against Cleveland. If Marshall is able to make a return, it will be a marquee collision of an All-Pro cornerback against arguably the league's best receiver. Miami boasts a plethora of viable receiving options with Davone Bess, Brian Hartline and Anthony Fasano combining for 136 receptions, 1,716 yards and eight end zone celebrations. Miami's passing attack is not one to scoff at, but the staple of their offense is their dynamic two-headed rushing attack of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown. The two tailbacks have amassed a combined total of 1,128 yards on 278 carries busting through for five touchdowns. If Henne cannot find his touch through the air, Miami will lean heavily on their running game, which has a reputation for giving teams fits, due to its versatility and knack for confounding opposing defenses.

WHEN THE JETS HAVE THE BALL: Gang Green will try and exploit Miami's 18th ranked rushing defense, feeding the Dolphins a heavy dose of their ground and pound attack. Mark Sanchez aims to rebound off his poorest performance of the season by employing play action fakes and utilizing his mobility to make plays through the air. The Dolphins boast the league's fifth ranked pass defense and if New York is hoping to take to flight, their passing game will have to be predicated on a viable run game. LaDanian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene represent the Jets two-headed backfield as they possess the perfect complement of shiftiness and power. The Jets will need to fully employ all their weapons as it will be imperative to gain the early momentum, using a punishing running game to bruise and batter a fatigue Dolphins defensive front. Braylon Edwards creates a matchup nightmare for Miami, as he burned the Dolphins secondary in Week 3 with a 67 yard touchdown accompanied by another 20 yard snag. Sanchez may target Edwards on a few play action passes, with Edwards possessing home run potential that victimized Miami in the first meeting of the season. If the Jets maintain a balanced offensive attack, Gang Green should be able to hang up a few touchdowns on the scoreboard.

X FACTOR:

LaDainian Tomlinson.

If Tomlinson can bring a vintage L.T. performance on Sunday, he has the capability of carrying New York to victory. Look for the future first ballot hall of famer to be active in the run and pass game, racking up heaps of all-purpose yards, and willing New York to a W.

RICK'S PICK: 24-14 J – E – T - S.


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