Jets Look to Pound the Ball Against Division Rival Dolphins

The New York Jets travel to South Beach to take on the division rival Dolphins this weekend. Both teams are 1-1 and a win by the Jets would put them at 2-0 in the division with three straight games at home coming up.

The Jets are coming off a terrible loss at Pittsburgh where they started strong offensively, taking the opening offensive drive 90 yards for a touchdown to take an early lead. However, it was all downhill after that as the offense struggled and could not develop any kind of rhythm.

I believe quarterback Mark Sanchez will come out strong with the rest of the offense and pound away at the young rebuilding Dolphins.  Coach Rex Ryan has indicated that he will use Tim Tebow more this game compared to last week, where he only had one carry.

The Jets would also like to get Santonio Holmes going early as well and have him dominate on the outside.  If they can get Holmes involved early, rookie wideout Stephen Hill would draw one on one coverage with a chance for a big play, and with his world class speed no one will catch him.  He torched the Bills for two touchdowns in Week 1.

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On the injury front for this Week, Sanchez is listed with a back problem, but coach Ryan indicated “it’s not a big deal and Sanchez will be fine.”  The Jets are not sure if the injury happened last week in Pittsburgh.

A few key players missed practicing this week. Tight end Dustin Keller did not practice due to his hamstring injury from Week 1. Also not practicing was DE/LB Bryan Thomas, fullback John Conner, and safety Eric Smith.  All hope to play Sunday.  The big question is cornerback Darrelle Revis, who missed last week with a concussion. He is still not cleared for contact, so he might be a game time decision.

Some news for Jets fans attending the rematch between the Dolphins and Jets on October 28th at Met Life Stadium. The Jets will honor former defensive end Dennis Byrd to the ring of honor. Byrd was a second round draft pick for the Jets in 1988 and had 27 sacks his first three years in the NFL.  However, in 1992 Byrd suffered a career ending spinal injury in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He has since recovered and his number 90 has not been worn since his injury. Dennis Byrd was a very good player on his way to being great and I am very excited and happy to see the Jets honor one of the classiest players to ever grace the organization. It will be a big treat to watch Dennis Byrd back on the field one more time in green and white!

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