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A Closer Look At The New York Jets With Chris Cipriano

The weekend is finally here, and with that comes Sunday, the day where millions of football fans around the world can gather around the televison all day and watch the best sport in the world, football.
 
But this week takes on a much bigger meaning for both Miami Dolphins and New York Jets fans. The game on Sunday Night Football on NBC featuring this Week 3 matchup is one of the biggest games of the year for both teams. It’s the Dolphins home-opener. This is the first time Jason Taylor will be returning to his former home of South Beach. It’s Chad Henne vs. Mark Sanchez. Tony Sparano vs. Rex Ryan. It simply cannot get any better than this.
 
So to get a better grasp on what to expect from the Jets tomorrow night, I had a conversation with Jets Gab writer Chris Cipriano on how the Jets have looked so far this year, some of their weaknesses, and how the Jets will survive without star player Darrelle Revis. Find out what he says below. 
  
Brant Houghton: How has the Jets offensive line looked in both run and pass protection so far this year? As dominant as last year?
 
Chris Cipriano: While the Jets offensive line has been good, it has not been quite as dominant as last year’s. The team does miss Alan Faneca, whom they cut in the offseason. Matt Slauson has done an adequate job as his replacement, but he has been responsible for a couple sacks and isn’t quite the mauler Faneca was in the run game. I also believe that Faneca’s departure is having an effect on D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who hasn’t been as sharp as he usually is so far. He allowed two sacks to the Patriots and has had a few incharacteristc penalties called on him. That said, the Jets still have one of the best offensive line’s in the game, just not as good as last year’s.
 
BH: Exactly how much will the loss of nose tackle Kris Jenkins effect your defensive gameplan coming into the game, and how big of a loss is he at this point to your defense?
 
CC: I honestly don’t think it will change the defensive gameplan much at all. Obviously, any time you loose a player like Kris Jenkins it’s going to hurt. However, the Jets proved last year that they could play, and play well without Jenkins. The Jets actually improved in run defense after Jenkins went down last year. You can’t do that without players like Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito, who don’t get nearly as much credit as they deserve. They have proven once again this season that they can stuff the run shutting down Ray Rice and the Patriots compliment of running backs.
 
BH: What are some of the weaknesses on your team that would be a big blow to the Jets if the Dolphins would figure them out?
 
CC: One of the big weaknesses on the team is their secondary depth. Especially with Darrelle Revis sideline for this game, that could become an issue for the Jets. Starters Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson have had their ups and downs this season already. Then you have Drew Coleman and Dwight Lowery, who will play in the nickel and dime sets and all you have do is watch the tape of the AFC Championship Game last year to see how well they can cover. Another area of weakness is pass protection. As I mentioned earlier, D’Brickashaw Ferguson isn’t off to the best start and Damien Woody has had his fair share of struggles too. They will have their hand full with Koa Misi and Cameron Wake, who are playing great right now.
 
BH: Are you comfortable with your secondary without your star player, Darrelle Revis?
 
CC: I touched on the secondary little in the last question and while the depth is a little scary, I’m still confident they will get the job done. In the second half of last week’s game, without Revis, the secondary stepped up and locked down the Patriots receivers. Antonio Cromartie reportedly stepped up at halftime and challenged the secondary and then proceeded to shut down Randy Moss for the rest of the game. Brandon Marshall will get his, but outside of him their receivers are a little weak and I think the Jets secondary can contain them.
BH: What is your prediction for the game, along with the score?
 
CC: The Jets and Dolphins always play great games and I think Sunday night will be another great one. Coming off last week, I can’t pick against my Jets. I’l take the Jets 20, Dolphins 17. Sanchez will continue his good play and find some holes in the Dolphins secondary in leading the Jets to victory. It also helps that Ted Ginn Jr. is no longer on the Dolphins, though I’m sure Dolphins fans think the same thing.
 
We would like to thank Chris again for contributing to this post, he really gave us some great stuff! While I do not agree with his game pick ( I think the Dolphins will ultimately get the win), I now know what to look for during the game, and what to expect from this Jets team. This game will be a physical one nevertheless, and has been much hyped so far this week. This is one of the biggest games of the year for both teams, and first place in the division is riding on this game at the moment.
 
The Dolphins are covering up the infield dirt for the game, and the game has been declared an “orange-out”. Also, the fans are encouraged to “howl” after every big defensive play.
 
This game should be a big one, and one of the more highly anticipated games of the year. Let’s go get em Fins!


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2 Responses to “A Closer Look At The New York Jets With Chris Cipriano”

  1. An old rivalry of 2 capable teams. This will be one of the best games to watch this week.

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