The team that boasted all of pre-season of being the team to beat showed it in a big way last Sunday. The Jets throttled the Patriots at home 28-14, evening their record to 1-1 on the season. They’ll be heading on the road for the first time this season to take on the Miami Dolphins in a nationally televised affair on Sunday Night Football. While last week was a huge game for the J-E-T-S, this week might be bigger. Improving on last week is huge for Sanchez and company.

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3 Keys to the game:

  • Overcoming the absence of Darrelle Revis
  • Stopping the Dolphins running game
  • Building on Mark Sanchez’ success from last week.

The Revis Island Effect:

Without Darrelle Revis in the lineup, the Jets defense is potentially going to look very different. Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson will be in charge of containing Brandon Marshall, while Rex Ryan will be forced to get pressure on Henne while only rushing 3 and 4 defenders. Blitzes won’t happen nearly as often without Revis blanketing half of the field all by himself. Look for Cromartie to lock on with Brandon Marshall. They both used to play in the AFC West, so they know each other well.

Ricky and Ronnie:

Tony Sparano knows how to use running backs. During his time in Dallas, he had Marion Barber and Julius Jones teamed together to form an exceptional pairing. Now, as the head coach in Miami, he uses Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams early and often. While the running game has struggled to get going in Miami thus far, last year in Miami the two combined for 142 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Without Kris Jenkins, and the inability to consistently blitz without Revis, this is a real question mark for the Jets.

Marky Mark:

Sanchez was awful week 1, but was brilliant last week going 21-30 230 yards and 2 TDs. Whose going to show up Sunday Night? Your guess is as good as mine, but the Jets have their swagger back, and the king of swagger will be strolling into Miami with a pep in his step.

Proud Prediction: 17-25 225 yards 2 TDs

The J-E-T-S are back to their shit talking ways, and also back to their winning ways. Look for it to stay that way after Sunday Night. Jets 24– Dolphins 14