When the New York Jets battled it out with the Miami Dolphins just a few weeks ago, they had no business beating the NFL odds as 1-point road favorites. They got the job done and won in overtime, but they had all sorts of troubles with the Fins and their ground attack. Matters might be even more difficult this Sunday when the two teams have their second clash of the season at MetLife Stadium.
The Jets rank 30th in the NFL against opposing ground games at 147.4 yards per game. The unit has allowed at least 130 yards just to opposing running backs five times in seven games this year, including when it allowed 40 carries, 182 yards, and two touchdowns to the combination of RB Reggie Bush, RB Jorvorskie Lane, RB Daniel Thomas, and RB Lamar Miller back in Week 3. All three numbers were season-highs against the New York defense.
The good news is that DT Sione Po’uha might be back in the fold this week after he has sat out three straight games with a back injury. He is the cog in the middle of the Jets’ front line, and with him out of the lineup, DT Mike DeVito has had to step into a starting role, something that he probably isn’t suited to do.
More good news for New York is that Thomas might not be able to suit for Miami. The Dolphins’ second leading rusher suffered a concussion three weeks ago, and he has not been in the lineup since that point. Still, the Dolphins average 119.5 yards per game on the ground, and they are going to remain committed to the rush regardless of who is carrying the ball.
The Jets are once again favored by a single point for this 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff in the Garden State.