After a short-handed Jets team lost on the road to Chicago last week, the Jets travel down to South Florida for a matchup with the Dolphins. The Dolphins will trot out tall white man Brock Osweiler to cosplay as a QB. The Jets have never played against Osweiler, so it’ll be a new look for them on defense. Brock has managed to piece together a career based on a singular seven game stretch in 2015 when he went 5-2 as a starter in Denver while Peyton Manning was hurt. He’s been pretty bad ever since then. The man is not a good quarterback. I expect the Jets to bring a lot of pressure to try and force Osweiler into deciphering a defense quickly, a task at which he has proven to be poor.
For the Jets, the return of several key skill position players should give the offense a boost. Eli McGuire will return from IR, along with Quincy Enunwa and Bob Anderson returning to the lineup from injuries. The return of these players makes the offense far more dynamic than it was for the past two weeks. McGuire should be able to replicate Bilal Powell’s role in the offense and Enunwa and Anderson should feast against a Miami secondary that will likely be missing its best player, Xavien Howard who is expected to be out with an injury or at the very least not 100% if he does suit up. Additionally, the Miami Hurricanes played the Duke Blue Devils at this stadium yesterday and the field looked like one giant puddle. I would not expect a good track. This could mean a high scoring game as it’s generally easier for WR to deal with poor footing than secondaries.
Last season in this game, the Jets went into the fourth quarter leading 28-14. Miami then rattled off 17 unanswered to win 31-28. It was infuriating in the fourth quarter to watch Tannehill and Kenny Stills pick apart the Jets secondary, mostly victimizing Buster Skrine who had roughly 147 pass interference penalty yards against him in the final quarter. Luckily the Jets have upgraded that unit by bringing in stalwart Tru Johnson. Oh whats that? False Johnson isn’t playing again? He’s the Jets version of Albert Haynesworth. Signed a big deal and now is injured while saying “I want to play but its not my choice. The trainers are keeping me off the field.” We weren’t born yesterday, False. I don’t begrudge you for mailing it in the second you sign the contract, I would do the exact same thing. Luckily for the Jets, Daryl Roberts has not yet signed a massive contract so he is still trying and is actually playing quite well. I expect the secondary to play much better than it did last season in this game, and the Jets should emerge victorious.
The Pick: Jets +3
Season record: 4-4