Jets must stop the run to stop Miami

On paper, Sunday's Jets-Dolphins game is a mismatch featuring an all-too-movable object (the Jets' NFL-worst run defense) against an irresistible force (Miami's AFC-best running game). It'll be a long day for the Jets if they can't shut down running back Lamar Smith or solve a Dolphins' offensive line which often double-teams opposing tackles, but Herman Edwards is confident the Jets aren't as bad against the run as the numbers would indicate.

Buffalo gained 162 yards against the Jets last Sunday, but Edwards said those numbers were inflated by a handful of Jets mistakes. "They had three big runs and that's what makes it look ugly," Edwards said. "They had [gains] of 15, 18 and 17 [yards]. You knock 30 yards off the quarterback from scrambling, you knock the three big runs off, it's probably a 100-yard game. It's just when you miscue and you don't play it correctly and they hit a big run, it looks bad," Edwards said.

The Jets won't be able to afford many miscues on either side of the ball against the Dolphins, who possess one of the league's best defenses and will likely try to grind the Jets into submission on offense. "What's going to help us the most is if we execute properly and don't allow any big plays on defense and try to create some on offense," Edwards said. "What we don't want them to do on offense is establish the running game, where they take our offense off the field and just take eight minutes off the clock, because that's what they do."

STAY LOOSE, RAY: Don't be surprised if Dolphins backup QB Ray Lucas ends up playing in his first game against his former team. Mo Lewis has sent two starting quarterbacks—Rob Johnson and Drew Bledsoe—to the sidelines already this year, and last year against Miami, Jay Fielder suffered a pinched nerve in his neck when he was hit by Lewis.

A NAILBITING SERIES: The Jets lead the all-time series with the Dolphins 35-34-1.  There have been five overtime games in the series (including last year's "Midnight Miracle"). Only three other rivalries—Denver-Oakland, Denver-Seattle and Green Bay-Minnesota—have featured more OT games. The Jets and Dolphins have averaged a total of 45.4 points per contest, which ranks third on the list of series behind Tennessee-Cincinnati and Green Bay-St. Louis (minimum 50 games).

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