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The 1-2 Miami Dolphins, coming off a highly embarrassing 41-14 loss in South Florida to Buffalo, travel to England to take on division rival, the 2-1 New York Jets in a 9:30 AM kickoff on CBS.  The Jets are coming off of their first loss of the year, a 24-17 loss in New Jersey to Philadelphia.  The Dolphins needs this game to save their season, and the coaches needs this game to save their jobs.  There is a lot of buzz that changes COULD be coming in Miami if the Dolphins were to lose this game.


Let's take a look and see how these teams matchup.


Miami comes into the game offensively generating 344.3 yards per game, which ranks 19th in the NFL.  Miami is generating 271.7 yards per game passing, which ranks 8th, and are 28th in the run game, generating only 72.7 yards per game.  The Dolphins are scoring only 17.0 points a game, which ranks 27th in the NFL.  They face a stellar defense in the Jets, who come in ranked 4th in total defense, giving up 298.3 yards per game.  The Jets are givng up 191.7 yards in the pass game, which ranks 4th, and are giving up 106.7 yards in the run game, which comes in at 17th in the NFL.  They are the top ranked scoring defense in the NFL, giving up 13.7 points per game.


Once again, the Dolphins will go into the game without starting OLT Branden Albert, who is still dealing with a hamstring injury.  This is not good news for a unit that continues to struggle, especially the 2 offensive guards.  Somehow, the Dolphins will need to perform better on the offensive line if this offense is going to have any chance for success.  QB Ryan Tannehill is coming off a 3 interception game, but one pick was on pass that Jarvis Landry had and popped up in the air for a pick, while the other came on a blitz in which Tannehill got hit.  Unfortunately, that turned into a pick 6.  RB Lamar Miller has only 105 yards in 3 games, and I expect to see more of Jonas Gray in the game Sunday.  That said, OC Bill Lazor has done an very poor job of even attempting to get the run game going.  Remember, the Dolphins ranked in the top 12 in the NFL in the run game last year.  WR Rishad Matthews has been a big surprise and has played well for Miami.  Jarvis Landry has played well, but Greg Jennings had a couple of big drops in the game last week.  I think we could see a lot more of Devante Parker in this game.  TE Jordan Cameron is a game time decision I believe.  The Dolphins need him, as they face a very stout Jets defense.  Would be nice to go down the field vertically every once in a while to.


The Dolphins come into the game defensively ranking 26th in total defense giving up 391.0 yards per game.  Miami is giving up 246.0 yards per game in the passing game, which ranks 19th, and are giving up 145.0 yards per game in the run game, which ranks a disappointing 31st in the NFL.  Miami is giving up 24.7 points a game, which ranks 19th.  They face a Jets offense that ranks 21st in total offense generating 333.3 yards per game.  The Jets rank 19th in passing offense at 232.7 yards per game, while ranking 20th in rushing yardage with 100.7 yards per game  The Jets are scoring 22.7 points per game, which ranks 17th.


If there has been any unit more disappointing in the NFL, I would like to see it.  Many thought the Dolphins would have one of the better defensive units in the NFL, and one of the most dominant DL, yours truly included.  Well, this defense has not been not remotely close to being one of the best units, just the opposite.  It's easy and convient for people to say Ndamakong Suh has not played well and not been a factor, but this is not true.  He is coming off a 4 tackle, 2 for loss game agains the Bills last week.  Where are the guys playing on the DL around Suh, Mitchell, and especially DE's Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon.  Those 2 have been MIA, and the Dolphins desperately needs those 2 players to return to form.  The defensive line along with the struggling linebacker unit will have to play well this week, as you can bet the Jets will look to go after the Dolphins with the run game.  The secondary, and especially CB Brice McCain REALLY struggled last week and was eventually replace by Jamar Taylor, who will be the starter on Sunday.  Also struggling in the secondary were the safaties opposite of Reshad Jones.  Both Michael Thomas and Walt Aikens had bad days last Sunday, from missing tackles to being out of position in pass coverage.  This unit has to play better, from stopping the run to generating pass rush from the frount four and linebackers, to tackling better and tighter, better coverage in the secondary.


Last, but not least, special teams for Miami needs to be solid.  There are 3 phases to a game, Offense, Defense & Special Teams.  PK Andrew Franks is 3-4 on field goals and 4-5 on extra points.  P Matt Darr is averaging 50.1 on punts, but more importantly, has a net average of 42.9.  He also has placed 4 inside the 20.


No need to really say to much more about this game.  I think my subject line says it all.  Season on the Brink says it all.

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