Jets Preview: ‘Fins tough, but not the toughest

Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball in the third quarter and is tackled by Miami Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain (28) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets will play their home opener this weekend against Miami, which will surely be a divisional battle per usual, but it shouldn’t be the most alarming.

The Jets failed to takeoff in their first game of the season against Buffalo before heading to Oakland where they got off the ground, but ultimately had to make an emergency landing.

A lot of flight puns, I know. But the Jets will need to make sure their next one is a smooth-sailor, win or lose.

Miami certainly has some weapons in Jay Ajayi and Jarvis Landry, but their depth doesn’t stretch out much more than that. While those will be two tough pieces for the Jets secondary to handle, they’ve seen worse, and also better.

It is in fact Week 3, so the Jets should be improving on their mistakes, or at least you’d think. The team may have shown a bit of that last week when they showed up for a short period of time against the forceful Raiders, but more of that needs to come.

It needs to start on defense. A lot of “idiotic mistakes,” at the line have been the result of the Jets getting run all over the past two weeks, as Jordan Jenkins would put it. This unit of the Green & White is supposed to be their heart and soul, and so far it’s looked like anything but that.

Todd Bowles, running a defensive mindset, will have hopefully knocked some sense into his D-Line come Sunday. While the Jets will need to focus on limiting Ajayi on the ground, they will also need to work on breaking through a Dolphins’ O-Line that looked solid last week.

Jay Cutler will be Jay Cutler, but the Jets will need to expose him for that rather than allowing him to flourish against a dazed NYJ secondary.

Limiting Cutler’s abilities on offense will likely be top priority for the Jets if they hope to come out on top.

The offense will need to keep rolling as well.

They looked OK last game. Definitely an improvement from Week 1’s fallout, but not stellar to any means.

The Dolphins pass rush is tough, but not the toughest. The Jets will need to work in tandem with the backs and receivers and decide early on which route will deem the most success.

With Austin Seferian-Jenkins now back from his two-game suspension, the Jets should be able to open up the field more. Look for Josh McCown to spread the ball out more than we’ve seen. This will be a crucial for keeping the ‘Fins guessing on defense, something the Jets weren’t quite able to do against either Buffalo or Oakland.

The Dolphins are a solid team, but their quarterback situation sticks out like a sore thumb. The Jets will need to do more giving than taking when it comes to exposing this week against Miami, which I think they have the ability to do.

– Kyle Hirshkind is the Managing Editor for cover32/Jets and covers the New York Jets. Like and follow on

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