Week 3 in the NFL will showcase one of the oldest rivalries in the NFL when the New York Jets head to South Florida to take on the Miami Dolphins. This meeting will mark the 94th time the two teams have met, and Sunday’s matchup promises to be just as good as any game they have ever played since their first meeting in 1966. The Jets lead the series 48-44-1, but the Dolphins plan to use the momentum from last week’s thumping of the Oakland Raiders to add another W in the win column, while the Jets are hoping to bounce back after being shut down by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The entire AFC East is tied at one win and one loss, but the pressure to win this game rests squarely on New York’s shoulders. After going to two straight AFC championships, the Jets failed to make the playoffs in 2011, and the addition of Tim Tebow in the offseason has intensified the already bright lights of the City, making a loss to Dolphins an impossible proposition.
The Dolphins come into this game looking much stronger than anyone would have predicted going into the season. Their rookie head coach and quarterback combo is coming off a statement win against the Raiders, the defense has been even sharper than expected, and Reggie Bush has been running like it was a contract year. Even in their season opening loss to the Houston Texans, Ryan Tannehill looked like he was poised and confident, giving hope to the fans and gaining the respect of the veterans in the locker room.
Tannehill has been working extra hours this week, eager to perform well against his clubs oldest nemesis. In a game featuring both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow on the opposite side of the field, the young rookie is making plans to be the story when it is all said and done.
The Jets may finally bring out the wildcat offense and showcase Tebow in the stadium he began his unlikely run last season as a member of the Denver Broncos. Up till this point, the human lightning rod has had limited touches, and has not been allowed to throw the ball. This has people already questioning Rex Ryan’s decision to bring the controversial quarterback in, especially when they had just given Sanchez a sizable contract extension.
One thing is for certain, the game should be filled with plots, subplots, and some good, hard-nosed football.