The New York Jets have a chance to get back on the winning side in an AFC East rematch with the Miami Dolphins.
The Jets dominated the Dolphins 20-6 to win their home opener Week 3. It was arguably New York’s best performance of the season as the defense stymied Miami’s offense led by fill-in quarterback Jay Cutler.
Miami’s offense has been abysmal all season and enters Week 7 ranked dead-last in total offense and scoring offense. Much of that has to do with Cutler’s futility. The Jets held Cutler to just 26-of-44 passing with 220 yards, an interception and a garbage time touchdown on the final play of the game.
The Jets haven’t generated much of a pass rush all season and are 31st in the league with only seven sacks. However, three of those came against the Dolphins. Cutler’s lone interception came via pressure, as he was forced to step up in the pocket and get rid of the ball with Jordan Jenkins gunning for him from behind.
The Jets sent only five rushers on this play, but the left side of New York’s front does an excellent job of pushing the protection into the pocket, forcing Cutler to step up. Cutler has a tendency to go haywire in all situations, but the veteran gunslinger might have been frazzled by the pressure this time. He inexplicably throws the ball Jarvis Landry, who was blanketed over the middle by Terrence Brooks.
It seems this game was an anomaly for New York, who was highly motivated after an 0-2 start. The Jets have since gotten back to level pegging, but that isn’t because of their pass rush. Star defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams have yet to record a sack and the Jets were just shutout in the sack department against a porous New England Patriots line.
Like last time, the Jets would be wise to dare Cutler to beat them. Playing seven or eight men in the box might be the wisest strategy with Jay Ajayi in the backfield. The Jets will have a great chance to win if they can get another 44 pass attempts out of Cutler.