Week 13 Preview: New York Jets at Miami

Jesse Chatman

By all indications the Miami Dolphins have the makings of being a solid football team. Someday. At home against Jets Sunday they will once again try to break into the win column for the first time in 2007. Each rookie head coach in the NFL this season has at least three wins, with Mike Tomlin of the Steelers leading the way with eight, but poor Cam Cameron is still looking for that elusive first as Dolphins head coach. This will be likely his best shot to get it, against a Jets team that has only two wins this year, and last week in Dallas were taken to the woodshed by the Cowboys.

The Fins went scoreless last week in the muck and mud of Pittsburgh, hanging in with the heavily favored Steelers but nevertheless losing with less than 30 seconds were left 3-0. They had little to no offense, and while rookie QB John Beck continues to get an education as a starter, the team has scored just one time in his two starts, and that was a Ted Ginn Jr. punt return. While the Dolphins have visions of a win, they have to find a way to generate some sort of offense. Maybe the best way would simply to get the ball more to Ginn. The teams number one pick is starting to show some flashes, and a Beck to Ginn combo down the road actually looks promising.

As for the Jets, expect a steady diet of running back Thomas Jones, who two weeks ago ran over the Steelers, and earlier this season in a win over the Fins, was able to go for 117 yards. He was held in check last week in Dallas, but should have a better day overall against Miami. The Dolphins defense though, has been playing better, and while the offense has been as stale as month old bread, the defense has gotten better, holding opponents to 46 points in the last four games. Kellen Clemens will go after the Fins secondary, and should be able to get the ball around when he needs to.

The other factor for Miami is the injury front on offense. They lost Ricky Williams for the season last week after just a few touches, and Jesse Chatman has a neck injury, meaning the ground game could be up to Patrick Hobbs and Lorenzo Booker. The Jets defense should be able to force a few Beck mistakes, and if they can hold the banged up Dolphins running game in check, they should have a great chance to get their third win this season.


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