The Miami Dolphins showed they just might be a little better than most people had given them credit for following their 35-13 domination of the Oakland Raiders as one-point home underdogs Sunday. They should face a bit of a sterner test this week, however, as the 1-1 New York Jets travel to Miami to face their AFC East rivals. The Jets are 3-point road favorites against the Dolphins.
Miami received a much-improved effort from rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and also enjoyed a breakout performance from running back Reggie Bush against the Raiders. Tannehill, who struggled in the Dolphins Week One loss to the Houston Texans, finished the day 18 of 30 for 200 yards and a touchdown, but equally important was he threw no interceptions. Bush, the former Heisman Trophy winner, ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 26 carries.
A major boon to the Dolphins attack was the no-huddle scheme they employed for most of the game against the Raiders. Tannehill appeared much more comfortable with the up-tempo style. Additionally, Miami was able to wear-down the Raiders defense on a muggy day in Miami with the quickened offensive attack.
The Dolphins will face a Jets team that is coming off a 27-10 road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jets were badly outplayed in the second half against the Steelers. They were outgained 331-219, quarterback Mark Sanchez was just 10 of 27 for 138 yards and ‘Wildcat’ quarterback Tim Tebow was again a non-factor for the Jets. The Dolphins also may catch a break this week as All Pro cornerback Darrel Revis may be forced to miss another game because of symptoms from a concussion.
After looking good in Week One, the Jets reverted to what we saw in the preseason when the offense was unable to move the ball. The Dolphins and new head coach Joe Philbin have to feel good following their good all-around game against the Raiders and we’ll look for them to spring the upset in our NFL picks.