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Week 8 is upon us, and for the Miami Dolphins it is an opportunity to exact revenge from a week 3 loss to the New York Jets. An interesting side-note in this game is the debut of Ryan Tannehill as a NFL QB in front of New Yorkers.
Any NFL game is difficult for any QB, much less a rookie. The road games are even tougher, but we know New York is an animal unlike any other. Tannehill can expect noise and comments unlike anything he has experienced so far in road trips to play the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, and Cincinnati Bengals. There is no love for opponents in New York, only venom.
Despite losing stud CB Darrelle Revis for the season, Rex Ryan has his pass-defense playing pretty well. Top-10 unit in just about every pass-D category so Miami requires an A-game this weekend from Tannehill.
Here is a look at some other QBs and how they fared in their first career trip as a Pro to New York…
Peyton Manning…20 for 44, 193 yards with 0 TDs and 2 INTs (in a loss…QB rating of a measly 39.3).
Drew Brees…In his 5th season Brees made his first trip to play in New York going 20 for 27, 270 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT (in a win…QB rating of 102.4)…But again, 5th season – not rookie.
Aaron Rodgers…2010 win, but just 15 for 34…170 yards with 0 TDs 0 INTs (QB rating of 59.7).
Robert Griffin III…RG III made his New York debut last weekend…His team lost, but he went 20 for 28 with 258 passing yards and rushed for another 89 yards…2 TDs vs 1 INT…QB rating of 108.9…wow, impressive.
How about fellow AFC East QBs Tom Brady and Ryan Fitzpatrick?
Brady won his New York debut…20 for 28, 213 yards with 0 TDs and 0 INTs (QB rating of 93.3).
Fitz lost his New York debut in 2008…20 for 33, 152…0 TDs and 0 INTs (QB rating of 71.8).
On the season Tannehill has 1 TD and 6 INTs in Miami’s 3 losses, but 3 TDs vs 0 INTs in Miami’s 3 wins. INTs is one of the rare categories where the Jets are not in the top-10 (currently have 7 INTs which ties them with Miami and 4 other teams for 11th in the NFL) but we know that Ryan’s defenses are always dangerous (potentially anyway).
Tannehill will need to be good this weekend, and he should be helped by the likely Dolphins debut of WR Jabar Gaffney. Coming off of the bye week it appears Gaffney is up to speed and good to go. That should provide a target/threat to Tannehill’s left to go along with the threats to his right (Davone Bess and Brain Hartline). Add Anthony Fasano plus a motivated and healing Reggie Bush and we see a lot of things that could work in Tannehill’s favor in his New York debut.
A loss would make passing the Jets extremely difficult (NYJ would have the first tie-breaker which is head-to-head) and it would also put the ‘Phins at 0-2 in the division which is problematic. This is a big ol’ game for Miami as road division victories are super important, but it is also big because of how Miami had the week 3 Jets game in control only to lose in OT.
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