This divisional game may well be a battle of whose offense is better, not so much their defenses. The New York Jets it appears will probably make a gametime decision on who their starting quarterback will be (I say Clemens will start). Their running game is nothing to write home about (RB Thomas Jones leads the Jets with 109 yards) and will need to improve to take some pressure off whoever the Jets QB is on Sunday.
Clemens, after a shaky start, led an inspired comeback in the 4th quarter of the Jets’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens last week. One would expect that he learned some things while playing, which will serve him well against the Dolphins’ secondary. The Dolphnins have had difficulty with their running game, averaging only 127 yards in 2 games (3.1 yards per carry and zero touchdowns. They definitely will need to improve on those numbers this week; the Dolphins may have that chance against a Jets run defense that has allowed 252 yards in 2 games so far.
The Dolphins are ranked 31st, just above the Jacksonville Jaguars, in rushing yards allowed (357 yards vs. Jacksonville’s 364), so this could be the breakout game for the Jets’ Thomas Jones with help from Leon Washington). This game could get ugly, especially from an offensive standpoint. The lack of a Dolphins running game will add more pressure to Dolphins QB Trent Green who is having his issues behind center. The Jets should pull this one out in the 4th quarter, going 0-2 while the Dolphins will go 0-3 for the first time since 2004 (lost 6 straight games).