The New York Jets will arrive sometime on Saturday to face off against the 2-0 and soon to be 2-1 Miami Dolphins. Make no mistake about it, the Jets will beat the Miami Dolphins. If you don’t believe me, look no further than the NBC telecast late last night of the Colts route over the Giants. The Jets were hyped as the only team playing in next weeks NBC Sunday night game. The location an afterthought, and the Dolphins record non-existent. Look no further than the mainstream media outside of Miami who today are praising the Super Bowl bound NY Jets victory over the New England Patriots. The Dolphins? Well, they simply stand in the way.
One of the Dolphins players had the best quote that really plays to this national oversight. “we are playing every game as if it were our last chance to get to the playoffs.” That is a huge mentality to have in week 2 of the NFL season. It’s hard to buy into hype when there isn’t any. For these players, there won’t be a sudden jump into the spotlight until they take care of the top two teams in the division. New York and New England. They face them back to back in the next two weeks.
If every game is being played as though it were a must win, then this team knows going forward that it’s next two games are more than simply home games and nationally televised. These games could go a long way in determining the final outcome of the division three months from now. Consider that we don’t face another division opponent until the last quarter of the season.
Hopefully, the Dolphins are finding frustration in the fact that they are being overlooked on any real highlight tape. That the NFL Replay telecast will likely feature the Jets Vs. Patriots game this week, and that while they stand alone atop the division, they won’t get any real respect for the game they are playing. The talk this week will come from the north and when the Jets descend on Miami next week, the media spotlight will be focused on Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez, and the status of Darrell Revis.
Turn on ESPN and you will hear how Brett Favre is seriously lacking in WR talent. Brett Favre played a horrible game and simply let it get away from him. He tried to do too much, he’s showing his age. You could keep going. What you won’t hear is how well Jason Allen played. Or the fire that erupted out of Vontae’ Davis. Or the pressure from rookie Koa Misi and LB Cameron Wake. Or the fact that Yeremiah Bell contributed 9 tackles and 3 assists.
Forget about the swarming defense that for two and half quarters shut down one of the leagues best runners in Adrian Peterson. Forget about the fact that the last time Brett Favre threw so many picks was the final week he played as a Jet, when Miami put the final nail in their season.
For now, the game/s that will matter most are in the next two weeks. But who am I to think that far ahead, according to the media, Miami already lost a game that is still a week away. I made the mistake of thinking these Dolphins could not match up with the Vikings. I was wrong. I won’t make that same mistake again. This team can play, and beat anyone.
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