Mark Sanchez passes in a previous game against Miami. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets remain on the road and play their second divisional game in three weeks on Sunday when they visit the rival Miami Dolphins. With the entire AFC East at 1-1 this season, both teams are looking for an early leg up a somewhat surprisingly even early season battle.
After an eye-opening Week 1 blowout win of the Buffalo Bills, the Jets crashed back to Earth a bit last week in Pittsburgh, falling 27-10. The offense had looked like two totally different sides in the first two weeks; the average of 29 points per game for Gang Green sounds good, but when one output is 48 and the other is 10, chances are those will end up as your outliers at the end of the season.
Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene and the Jets' offense was stifled against the Steelers, invoking bad memories of last year's struggles. Tim Tebow had one run of 23 yards, of course causing a small minority of knuckleheads to start wondering when a switch is going to be made (it won't). But even defensively, the Jets have struggled mightily so far. In Week 1 against Buffalo, it was C.J. Spiller running amok, and last week Ben Roethlisberger carved them up like a surgeon.
For Miami, a winless preseason and loss in Week 1 to AFC favorites Houston had many thinking the Dolphins could be among the league's worst teams. But behind the strength of Reggie Bush's 178 yard, two touchdown performance last week, Miami blew out a hapless Oakland Raiders side to get on the board early in the season and make Sunday's game against the Jets a bit more interesting.
The status of Jets' cornerback Darrelle Revis is still up in the air, as the Jets' defensive leader missed the loss in Pittsburgh with a concussion.
Jets (1-1) at Dolphins (1-1) - SunLife Stadium
Kickoff Time: 1:00 PM ET
Odds: Jets -3, Over/Under 39.5