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Five Keys To The Jets Game

Posted Nov 30, 2013

Here are some of the keys to victory for the Dolphins on Sunday.



The schedule is turning to December and that means every game should have added importance and wins keep your playoff chances alive. That's what's at stake when the Dolphins-Jets rivalry takes place this Sunday at Met Life Stadium. Both teams are struggling to string consecutive wins together and the team that comes out on top takes control of the race for the last wild-card spot in the AFC. Here are some of the keys to victory for the Dolphins on Sunday.

1) Win The Turnover Margin - The Jets are just dreadful when it come to turning the football over in 2013. New York is minus 16 in turnover margin and we can only hope that this trend continues. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has thrown 18 interceptions on the season and doesn't have a lot of weapons in the passing game. The Dolphins defense must find a way to control the Jets rushing attack and pressure the pocket on passing attempts. Smith will throw into coverage and the Dolphins must take advantage when he does.

2) Chunk Plays And 3rd Down Conversions - This might be the biggest struggle on offense for both teams on Sunday. The unit that can find a way to convert on third down opportunities just might control the tempo of the game, especially if weather plays a factor. The Jets will rely on their running game that's averaging 127 yards per game and will try and pound out first downs and big plays on the ground. Also, plus twenty yard gains will help control field position and make it easier for scoring opportunities. This game should be a low scoring contest and those chuck yardage plays will be very difficult to create and the team that does should come out on top!

3) O-Line Challenge - This will be a battle for the Miami Dolphins offensive line going up against a defense that leads the league in run defense. The Jets are only giving up 72.6 yards per contest and are stout at the point of attack. The addition of center Mike Pouncey back in the middle of the offensive line should help this unit and that should lead to Nate Garner kicking back over to the left guard position. Another battle to keep your eyes on might be outside handling defensive ends Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. They both bring power and speed off of the edge and tackles Bryant McKinnie and Tyson Clabo must have their most complete game of the season to keep quarterback Ryan Tannehill clean.

4) Field Position - Both of these teams count on good field position because it's been difficult to score points with consistency. It looks like it will be a cold, windy day on Sunday and the team that has the least amount of yards to cover will have the advantage. Miami didn't convert last week when the defense set the table and that was the difference between scoring touchdowns and defeating Carolina. The Dolphins are averaging 20 points per contest and New York is next to last at 16 points per game, so scoring six points when given the chance might be the difference between winning and losing.

5) Clean Kicking Game - This is something that the Jets have counted on when they have had success this season. Place kicker Nick Folk has only missed one field goal on the season. Rookie Caleb Sturgis had a solid game against Carolina, but missed a critical 52-yard chance that might have help the cause in the second half. He needs to be clutch on Sunday when called upon and punter Brandon Fields must effect the field position and put the Jets on a long field. It seems like when these two teams get together, special teams always plays a major role in the outcome, and Miami must dominate this portion of the game.