In Week 8, the Dolphins will travel north to face the Jets. These rivals last met in Week 3 and went to overtime as the Jets claimed a 23-20 road victory.
In the rematch, the Dolphins enter off a bye week. The Jets can become the first NFL team to reach three division wins.
Despite losing CB Darrelle Revis for the year in the first Miami game, the Jets have actually allowed the lowest completion percentage (54.4 percent) of any AFC defense since the injury. That could be key against Ryan Tannehill, who ranks third in the AFC in Total QBR since the first showdown.
Highest Total QBR -- AFC Quarterbacks
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>>Qualified playersWhile the Dolphins still have the best run defense in the AFC (3.3 yards per rush allowed) they are well-balanced and lead the conference with 14 sacks since these teams last met.
Let's analyze three areas of focus for this divisional rematch:
1. New York entered that Week 3 contest as the second-most aggressive NFL defense by sending five or more pass rushers on 47.6 percent of opponent dropbacks. The Jets have expectedly eased their approach after the Revis injury and used added pressure 21.9 percent less since that game, the biggest adjustment in the NFL over that stretch. That's important to note because 'Tannehill actually fares 25.9 Total QBR points (0-100 scale) worse against a standard pass rush than compared to extra pressure, the biggest differential of any AFC quarterback.
2. Despite last week's loss against the Patriots, Mark Sanchez completed a career-high nine passes on 12 attempts that traveled at least 15 yards in the air. He had never before completed six in a single game.
Emerging talent Jeremy Kerley is one of nine receivers with at least 10 receptions that far downfield and has done so on fewer targets than anyone in the NFL. On the deep ball, the completion percentage of 76.9 between Sanchez and Kerley ranks second among 52 duos with at least 10 attempts. They trail only Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas.
However, Sanchez attempted the same amount of deep passes in his first go-round with Miami as he did in New England, completing only four of them while throwing an interception.
3. The most interesting battle could be the continuing saga between Reggie Bush and Rex Ryan’s defense. If Rex really does want to add "hot sauce" to the matchup, then the Jets will need to wrap up Reggie and the Dolphins on first contact.
Gang Green managed one tackle for loss in Week 3, their lowest total in the last 22 games. The Jets are allowing an AFC-worst 2.0 yards per rush after contact and an NFL-worst 3.4 yards per rush after first contact behind the line of scrimmage.
They will also need to seal the edge against Bush, who leads the NFL with three rushing touchdowns on runs outside the tackles.