For 2 weeks, the Miami Dolphins have been thinking about nothing but improving their record to 4-3. In fact, the Dolphins have been thinking about getting revenge on the Jets since they lost to them in overtime a month ago in Miami. This week, the emotions of this game spilled into the press as both sides took shots at the other. The Jets started the verbal barbs and it appears that Mike Pouncey finished it. Now, we move on and await the rematch of these two teams that clearly do not like one another.
With a win, the Dolphins will improve to 4-3 and even their division record at 1-1. With a little help from the Rams in London against the Patriots, the Dolphins could even find themselves in first place on Monday morning. A win would also send the loudmouth Jets into their bye week with a record of 3-5, 2-2 in the division. A win would essentially put another nail in the Jets season. If the Dolphins lose, they’ll fall to 3-4 overall, 0-2 in the division and will fall behind the Jets in the division. So even though it’s still October, this is a very important game for both teams. Here’s what the Dolphins need to do to win:
Play with Fire
According to Omar Kelly, the Dolphins are still pissed about the Jets purposely aiming for Davone Bess’ knee in the season finale last season. Bess was knocked out of the game and suffered a partially torn ACL/MCL. Add that anger to the Dolphins losing to the Jets in overtime a month ago AND all of the trash talking from this week, and you have one pissed off Dolphins team. The Dolphins must take that aggression onto the football field on Sunday. The Dolphins must stay in control and use their anger effectively. We don’t need to see Richie Incognito getting flagged again for unnecessary roughness. The Dolphins much keep their emotions under control, while playing with fire through the whistle.
The Miami Dolphins returned to the practice field yesterday and continued to prepare for their big game against the Jets on Sunday. The Dolphins seem extremely motivated to beat the Jets this weekend and tensions will be high on Sunday, considering LaRoid Landry’s comments yesterday. Speaking of Landry, the guy who looks like the poster child for steroid abuse, he should worry more about covering pass catchers than clapping when an opponent lays on the field injured. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, opposing quarterbacks have a passer rating of 91.0 when throwing to the receiver Landry is covering. For comparison, quarterbacks have a 39.8 QB rating throwing at Rashad Jones and a 68 QB rating throwing at Chris Clemons.
[UPDATE Thursday Afternoon]: Mike Pouncey fired back and called Aaron Maybin a ‘joke’, click here for the full story.
The Dolphins will be motivated by their hatred for the Jets, the fact that they let one slip away against the Jets a month ago, Landry’s comments, and the fact that this game could extend their winning streak to 3 games. By the way, Landry also guaranteed a win on Sunday! The Dolphins may not be saying it publicly, but inside that locker room, these guys know they have an opportunity to make a run at the playoffs….and it starts on Sunday.
The Miami Dolphins returned to the practice field on Monday, following 4 straight off days for the bye week. The Dolphins players seem energized after the break, ready to get some revenge on the Jets from their overtime loss earlier this season. Dolphins players are focused on the Jets, but also realize that they have a chance to make a run at the playoffs. Most importantly, they realize that their playoff hopes rest ‘in their own hands’, as Ryan Tannehill put it.
The Dolphins have 3 big health/roster questions entering their divisional matchup with the Jets. First, the Dolphins are hopeful that starting cornerback Richard Marshall will be able to return to the field on Sunday. However, Marshall did not practice on Monday. Last week, Marshall said that he expects to be healthy enough to play against the Jets. The Dolphins are off today, so maybe the Dolphins wanted to give Marshall a couple of extra days to get healthy. We’ll keep an eye out to see if Marshall returns to practice on Wednesday, at least on a limited basis.