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New York Jets: 5 Ways to Beat Miami Dolphins Week 13

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New York Jets: 5 Ways to Beat Miami Dolphins Week 13

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If there is going to be a 2009-like miracle playoff run for the New York Jets, it has to start now. With rookie quarterback Geno Smith continuing to turn the ball over at an alarming rate, hope seems to be running out. At 5-6 however, a window remains in this mess for the AFC’s sixth seed.

Their next opponent stands with the same record in the Miami Dolphins. Expectations for them were a lot higher than for New York entering Sunday’s action. Mike Wallace addition at wide receiver was seen as a tremendous offseason move. He has mostly disappointed though in 2013. Quarterback Ryan Tanehill’s play can also be described as uneven after his solid rookie year. Urgency should stare both teams in the face because of other franchises ahead of them. Defense also looks leaky at times as we saw Sunday, losing against Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers. Questions regarding Gang Green’s offense, though, linger as well.

Smith’s accuracy looks erratic at best. For three-straight games now, he completed less than 10 passes. Play-calling from offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg shows a lack of faith in his signal caller with a lot of runs and plays from the Wildcat formation. Receiver Josh Cribbs even threw twice. Miami’s recent locker room turmoil brings something that will hover for the remainder of 2013. After a nice start, New York’s offensive line recently has struggled in pass protection. New York is desperate for a win, and here are five steps they can take towards making that happen.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Improve Pass Protection

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Yes, Geno Smith has looked rough the last few games. Questions are starting to come as to whether the Jets have found their future QB. Turnovers and poor offensive performances will do that. Smith can’t help it though if he is getting hammered every time he drops back to pass. Roll outs are an effective way of using him. Brian Winters has struggled; and really, Nick Managold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson are the only constants.

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Run the Ball

Bilal
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It is obvious, but balance creates better chances in the passing game. When no ground threat exists, safeties will jam receivers all day. Chris Ivory may not play Sunday, however, Bilal Powell remains a reliable option.

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Better Receiver Play

Receivers
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If there was ever a time for Santonio Holmes to recapture his old form, right now would be great. Smith needs him to make big plays. Jeremy Kerley’s absence hurts as he has great speed. Greg Salas made some plays last week, but should not be counted on going forward. I like Josh Cribbs and David Nelson primarily for depth.

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Double Mike Wallace

Mike
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Jets corner Antonio Cromartie looks slow every week while being torched by fast receivers. Mike Wallace is coming on fast after a rough start to his Miami Dolphins tenure. Dee Milliner must step up, and I would even cover Wallace with him and Kyle Wilson at times.

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Eliminate Turnovers

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Gang Green remains alive for postseason contention, but that would take another serious blow with a loss Sunday. Smith will be evaluated the rest of 2013 and he has to stop making mistakes. Every throw you look for is there, but interceptions are killing his team.