It’s been a trying two and a half weeks for the Dolphins and their adversity will continue in a road game against their division rival Jets Sunday afternoon.
After being evacuated to the West Coat due to Hurricane Irma impacting Florida, the Fins gutted out a 19-17 victory a week ago in L.A. against the Chargers.
Now, they must get up for another road game on the other side of the continent and here’s some important parts of it:
What to watch:
Will the Dolphins continue their trend dating back to last season of establishing Jay Ajayi first and setting up whatever they need later? It worked again last Sunday when Ajayi went for 122 yards, and helped take pressure off new QB Jay Cutler. It gave spark to the play action part of Miami’s offense and helped with pass protection, too. A key indicator will be Miami’s ability to run early and often against what a bad Jets run defense. More on that in a sec.
Jarvis Landry vs. the Jets defensive backs. Landry had an enormous pass catching day last week with 13 grabs. While he didn’t accumulate massive yardage, as we wrote here, he was almost unstoppable underneath at times catching five of those passes for first downs. The Chargers tried double teaming him a lot of the game and Landry still was repeatedly successful. If the Jets cannot take him away, it will set up Cutler even more, to throw down field to Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker.
Finally, Statistically speaking:
The Jets are terrible on defense, especially against the run. New York has allowed a league worst 370 rushing yards in their first two games with Buffalo and Oakland. And after LeSean McCoy of the Bills and Marshawn Lynch and Jalen Richard of Raiders lit them up, you know that coach/play caller Adam Gase is salivating at the prospects of what Ajayi can do.
Will the Dolphins get back to back road wins to start 2-0 post Irma? They should.
Then again, it’s an AFC East game and expect weird things to happen.