Sunday Stats: Miami Dolphins vs New York Jets
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Since playing the Jets in week 3 Ryan Tannehill is averaging 280 passing yards per game (article on Tannehill vs City Of New York is HERE).
Tannehill has 3 TDs vs 0 INTs in the 3 Dolphins victories. He also has a QB rating north of 90 in each of the 3 wins.
In Miami’s 3 losses Tannehill has 1 TD and 6 INTs
Since playing the Jets in week 3 Reggie Bush is averaging a measly 41 rushing yards per game. Yikes (article on Miami’s struggling running game is HERE).
Bush has led the team in rushing in all 3 road games, but his season high on the road is just 69 yards (just 1 road TD for Bush so far)
In their week 3 match-up Brian Hartline was targeted 9 times, and amazingly had just 1 catch (Antonio Cromartie got the job done in that game, and he is hot coming into this match-up with Hartline too).
We will see the return of Daniel Thomas (article on how he in fact did not suffer a 2nd 2012 concussion is HERE).
Jets RB Shonn Greene has well over 200 yards and 4 TDs rushing the past 2 weeks, but this is a Dolphins run-D that held him to 40 yards on 19 carries in week 3 (that is a 2.1 yard per carry average, and his longest run was just 9 yards).
In that week 3 OT victory for the Jets they passed for 14 first downs, but rushed for just 3 first downs.
Counting passes and runs Tim Tebow gives the Jets 11 yards a game (yikes II).
Jets RB Bilal Powell has been a nightmare as a pass-catcher. Sanchez has thorwn 17 passes to him out of the backfield, but only 4 of those have been caught (yikes III)
Garrett McIntyre and Quinton Coples are tied for the Jets team lead in sacks with…2.0 sacks each (yikes IV)…Miami has 4 players above that, and are led by Cameron Wake and his current total of 6.5 sacks.
Jets safety LaRon Landry has a dozen tackles last week, and had a pick-6 vs Tannehill in week 3 (a game-changing pick-6…Miami led 10-3 in the 2nd half and the Jets were dormant/lifeless until that play sparked their comeback).
Dan Carpenter missed from 47 and 48 yards. Either would have won the game.
Sanchez did throw for north of 300 in week 3 vs Miami, but he completed just 21 of 45 passes.
A Jets win would put them ahead of Miami, and would make a significant dent into Miami’s chances of passing them later this season. Miami would be 0-2 vs Jets, 0-2 in division, 2-3 in AFC (Jets would be 3-1 in division, and 4-3 in AFC so all tiebreakers would belong to Jets).
Here is a stat you cannot measure – How painful the kick in the gut was from the week 3 win-turned-into-loss Miami suffered at the hands of the Jets. The ‘Phins handed away the next game to (Arizona Cardinals), but having multiple chances to beat the Jets only to lose to them is a different level of gut-punch.
Rex Ryan has never swept the season series from Miami.
If you are wondering about Miami’s bye week history, and strategy, that article is HERE.
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