Week 3: New York Jets At Miami Dolphins

Carolina Panthers v New York Jets
Oakland Raiders v Miami Dolphins
Winner Mark Sanchez was being celebrated after the Jets’ Week One victory over the Bills and he has been taken to task after the Jets’ Week Two loss against the Steelers. When he has reasonable protection, Sanchez can give the Jets a decent passing game but he is not going to become a dominant quarterback any time soon.
It looks like it will be a difficult year for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He avoided game-altering mistakes against the Raiders, but he doesn’t have the weapons or the talent to do that very often this season
Winner The Jets have some solid weapons to help out Sanchez. The best of those is Shonn Greene and he should be able to run with much greater ease against the Dolphins than he did the Steelers. Wideout Jeremy Kerley averaged 33.5 yards per catch.
Winner The Dolphins offer little in terms of receiving talent, but Reggie Bush has the wow factor running with the football this year that he has never had in his pro career. His speed and ability to run down the sidelines should give the Dolphins one dependable offensive option.
Winner The Jets are a solid defensive football team but they were under the gun because All-Pro cornerback Darelle Revis couldn’t play because of a concussion. He shouldn’t be rushed back into action because the Dolphins have an awful set of receivers.
The Dolphins found a way to shut down the Raiders, but the Jets are a far more competitive team. The Miami defense will have to do better against the Jets. Middle linebacker Karlos Dansby is a hard hitter who can set the tone.
Special Teams
Winner The Jets are always going to try to get some kind of edge on special teams and Mike Westhoff is usually going to find it. Joe McKnight is an explosive return man while Nick Folk should make all his kicks at 40 yards and under.
Brandon Fields is a solid punter who averaged 53.2 yards on six punts against the Raiders and dropped four inside the 20-yard line. The Dolphins have solid punt- and kickoff-coverage teams.

The Winner Is

Carolina Panthers v New York Jets
Winner Jets
4 out of 4

The Jets could not get their offense untracked against the physical Steelers, but they should find it much easier to succeed against the Dolphins. Reggie Bush looks better running with the football now than he as at any point in his career, but the Jets look for physical challenges and will try to punish him.


  1. JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 23: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders looks to throw during the second quarter of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 23, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 23:  Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks to pass the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Week 8 Tale Of The Tape: Oakland Raiders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    The Raiders play their second consecutive game in Florida as they take of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  2. KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints at Arrowhead Stadium during the fourth quarter of the game on October 23, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images) NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts passes against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter of the game at Nissan Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
    Week 8 Tale Of The Tape: Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts

    The Chiefs and Colts meet in a battle of high flying offense versus scary pass defense.

  3. DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 23, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Washington 20-17. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 23:  Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the third quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
    Week 8 Tale Of The Tape: Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals

    The Redskins and Bengals make the trip across the pond to play in front of fans in London.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS New York

Get Our Morning Briefs
Bloomberg WCBS Tri-State Business Index

Listen Live