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Scouting Report: Early look at Dolphins

A few quick thoughts on the Jets' upcoming opponent :

1. The Dolphins (3-3), coming off their bye week, have won two in a row. They could easily be 5-1, but they lost by a field goal to the Jets and the Cards. At the same time, they haven't knocked off any elite teams -- they've beaten the Raiders, Bengals and Rams.

2. They've never been swept by the Rex Ryan-coached Jets.

3. RB Reggie Bush will be a big story throughout the week. Upset by Ryan's "hot sauce" line before the previous meeting -- as in, we need to pour hot sauce on him -- Bush came out after the game and ripped the Jets, suggesting they deserved losing Darrelle Revis to a season-ending knee injury. "What goes around comes around," said Bush, who suffered a minor knee injury in the game. He might have been bothered about that because LB Calvin Pace intimated they hurt him on purpose. Not true, Pace said. Ryan also said his "hot sauce" line was misinterpreted.

4. Oh, by the way, Bush still is a very good running back. He has rushed for 434 yards and a 4.4 average. He was tearing up the Jets when he got hurt.

5. Rookie QB Ryan Tannehill is making nice strides. Over the past three games, he has completed 67 percent of his passes, with three TDs, two INTs and a 280-yard average. He throws a terrific deep ball. In fact, he was the most accurate deep-ball thrower in the league before Monday night, having completed 11 of 19 (58 percent) on throws longer than 20 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

6. Tannehill's main man is WR Brian Hartline, who has caught seven of 10 on those 20+ passes. CB Antonio Cromartie did a nice job against him in the last meeting. The Dolphins could have a new No. 3 receiver, Jabar Gaffney, who was signed Oct. 2.

7. This isn't a good omen for the Jets: The Dolphins spent the bye week breaking down tape on the Texans, trying to figure out why they're so successful blocking passes. Here's a two-word hint: J.J. Watt, who has a field day against the Jets. Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said it's a new "point of emphasis." Maybe the Jets should put an eye spy on the Dolphins' pass rushers.

8. The Dolphins' front seven is a bear. They're allowing only 78 rushing yards per game, fourth best in the NFL.

9. Their only injury question involves CB Richard Marshall (back), who has missed the past two games. Fill-in Nolan Carroll could get the starting nod. Marhshall was victimized a lot in the previous meeting by WR Santonio Holmes, who won the game for the Jets. He's out now. So, too, is Revis, who injured his knee late in the game.

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This will be one of the most physical, intense games of the season. Ah, so many juicy storylines between the Jets and Dolphins.

Bad blood ?

Yep, it has that, with all the trash talk between the Jets' defense and Reggie Bush.

Emotion ?

Definitely. At halftime, the Jets will honor one of their most inspirational players ever, Dennis Byrd, by retiring his No. 90 jersey.

Stakes ?

They're huge for the Jets, who can't afford to go into their bye week at 3-5 on a two-game losing streak.

Kickoff is 1 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what to watch fo :

1. Hot sauce, anyone ?:

The Jets don't like Bush, not at all, and they're talking tough about shutting him down. Keep an eye on S LaRon Landry, who believes the Dolphins' leading rusher will be intimidated because of the hit he delivered on him in Week 3. Landry is a violent player, and there should be some bone-rattling collisions. Bush hasn't been the same runner since hurting his knee against the Jets. He was held to 132 yards and a 2.8 average in the past three games, but he could recharged after the bye week. For the Jets, it's all about shedding blocks and wrapping up. They've allowed a league-high 448 yards after initial contact, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

2. Hold the fort: The Jets played the past two games without a true nose tackle; they got away with it because the Colts and Patriots are primarily one-back offenses. This week, NT Sione Po'uha is likely to play after a three-week back injury -- and just in time, because the Dolphins employ a power-rushing attack. The Jets' interior will be tested, especially if ILB Bart Scott (toe) can't play. He'd be replaced by Demario Davis. The rookie moves well in space, but he might not be ready yet for a smash-mouth battle in the trenches. If Po'uha's back doesn't hold up, they could be in trouble.

3. Stop the long ball: Dolphins rookie QB Ryan Tannehill is developing into a very good deep passer. In fact, he has a league-high 57.9 completion percentage on throws of 20-plus yards downfield, per ESPN Stats. (By the way, that's a few points higher than Mark Sanchez's overall rate.) Tannehill's favorite target is Brian Hartline, but here's the thing: CB Antonio Cromartie will cover Hartline, which means Tannehill might have to look elsewhere. Cromartie is playing the best ball of his career. As long as he doesn't get fooled on double moves, Cromartie should be able to neutralize Hartline.

4. Third-down survival: Sanchez will face the best third-down defense in the league (25.8 percent conversion rate). The Dolphins confuse teams with a tremendous volume of plays. They've used 15 different coverages on one particular down and distance, according to Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. The key is blocking DE Cameron Wake, who has a team-high 6.5 sacks -- all in the past three games. This will be a tough assignment for LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, but it won't fall on him alone. Wake moves around, sometimes lining up over the left tackle or in the middle. It will be a long day for the Jets if they struggle with Wake. DE Jared Odrick also killed them in the previous meeting.

5. Let Sanchez throw: Sanchez proved last week he can carry the offense with his right arm. He'll have to do it again, because it will be very hard to run against the Dolphins, who allow only 3.3 yards per carry. The Jets should use the pass to set up the run. They will face a secondary that won't have starting CB Richard Marshall (back), who got abused by WR Santonio Holmes in the first meeting. Marshall will be replaced by nickel back Nolan Carroll. Remember that name: It'll get called a lot Sunday. TE Dustin Keller, in the lineup after sitting out the last game with an injured hamstring, has enjoyed some big games against Miami.

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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

Since Week 3

Total QBR<< P. Manning 87.3 Brady 82.1 Tannehill 76.6 Roethlisberger 65.9 Luck 63.0

>>Qualified players

While 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.

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Yeremiah Bell knows both sides of Jets-Dolphins trash talk

All the trash talk exchanged this week between the Jets and Dolphins was harmless fun, safety Yeremiah Bell said after Friday's practice. But Bell said there is a danger that it might turn personal during the heat of battle Sunday at MetLife Stadium, and he added that if it does, the Jets "will be waiting for them."No one has a better understanding of the AFC East rivalry than Bell, who spent the first eight years of his career with the Dolphins before joining the Jets this season.

"It was the same thing when I was there, trash talk back and forth," Bell said. "It's all in good fun. But you still have to go out there on Sunday and prove it. I'm sure they're going to be pretty excited to get up here and get the game on. We'll be waiting for them."Tempers were hot after the Jets' 23-20 overtime victory Sept. 23 in Miami. Dolphins running back Reggie Bush was knocked out in the second quarter with a knee injury and later interpreted some remarks by Jets coach Rex Ryan as an indication they were trying to hurt him.

The Jets lost Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis to a non-contact knee injury that ended his season, and Bush suggested it was a matter of karma, saying, "What goes around comes around. They talked all week about putting 'hot sauce' on this and that, and they ended up losing their best player for the rest of the season. So it's sad that it happened because of that, but I'm going to be back."

Earlier this week, Ryan said Bush owes Revis an apology, but Bush hasn't offered one. Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie fired back at Bush."I ain't going to say what I really want to say about Reggie Bush," Cromartie said. "To me, there's no such thing as karma. A freak accident happened. For [bush] to come out and say something like that, to me, it's unprofessional. It's not showing any kind of sportsmanship at all."Bell said a few Dolphins were angry after the hit on Bush. "We don't play dirty," Bell insisted. "Are we going to come after people? Yeah. We're not intensely trying to hurt anybody, but when we swarm to the ball, we are trying to put some hurt on you."Asked if the teams might exchange cheap shots in retaliation, Bell said, "I think so. It can get personal."Bell said he doesn't believe he and fellow safety LaRon Landry, who was in on the Bush hit, will be targeted. But Bell added, "If that's what they want to do, we always welcome it. It doesn't bother us any. If anybody out there wants to come at us, we're waiting."

Ryan said he expects an "extremely physical game" but one that is within the rules."Extracurricular things, nobody wants to see that," Ryan said. As the coach then left his daily media briefing, he laughed and said to a reporter, "Who am I kidding? We all want to see it."

It was a joke. Honest.

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Dolphins, Jets square off again with lots on line

Sure, it's only Week 8 and there's plenty of season to go. The way Rex Ryan sees it, though, this is one the New York Jets need in a major way.

They've got a bye-week break coming up and they refuse to consider the possibility of heading into it with a loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins."I'll tell you about our football team, we're going to empty the tank," Ryan said. "Whatever we have left, we're pouring it out there."If it sounds like a playoff-style approach, well, the postseason hopes of the Jets (3-4) might hinge on how they perform against the rival Dolphins (3-3). After a depressing 29-26 overtime loss to New England last week, New York has an opportunity to bounce back and improve to 3-1 in the tightly contested AFC East.A loss and the Jets fall to last in the division, with their season on the verge of spiraling out of control."This game is a must win," safety LaRon Landry said. "We can sweep those guys and also go into the bye 4-4. That's what we're striving to do and that's what we will do."

Yep, that was a guarantee from Landry, who insists his team is confident and ready to rebound. Ryan would like to sweep Miami for the first time in his three-plus seasons as coach. The first win, a 23-20 overtime victory last month, certainly wasn't easy, and the Jets know the Dolphins are better this time around."Obviously, we know we're going to get the very best Miami has," Ryan said. "They're going to be well-rested coming off the bye. They've won two games in a row. They have to be feeling pretty good about themselves, without question. The last game was anybody's game. We were fortunate enough to win that game."It came on a 33-yard field goal by Nick Folk in overtime after Miami's Dan Carpenter missed field goals of his own in the fourth quarter and the extra period. Since, the Dolphins have become a dangerous team with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill performing like a veteran.He threw two interceptions in a 24-21 overtime loss at Arizona on Sept. 30, but has two touchdowns and no picks in the two games since."I feel more confident," Tannehill said. "I think that myself, as our offense, we've gotten better every week. Haven't been perfect, but we've learned and gotten better every week. Just small things that have gotten cleaner throughout the time that we've been together. The last six weeks have been huge for us as an offense and as a team, just learning from our mistakes and moving forward."

The Dolphins are a half-game behind the first-place Patriots, a spot Miami is happy to be in at this point. The Dolphins haven't made the playoffs since 2008, under current Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Things are starting to feel positive in Miami again under rookie head coach Joe Philbin, and a win this week could establish the Dolphins as very real playoff contenders.

"It's a big game," Philbin said, "no question about it."

Tannehill won't have to worry about throwing against Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who tore a ligament in his left knee the last time the teams played and is out for the season. Antonio Cromartie has stepped in and been terrific as New York's top cornerback, but Tannehill has seen a slight difference in the defense without Revis.Not that he expects an easy time, of course."It's the same guys minus one guy," Tannehill said. "They're playing more zone coverage now, which is the biggest major change, but they still throw exotic blitzes at you. They'll play man. They still play a lot of man, just not quite as much as they did previously."The Dolphins-Jets rivalry has always been one of the more entertaining in the league, with even a Wikipedia page devoted to the series in which New York holds a slight 49-45-1 edge.There was the 1982 AFC championship game, known as "The Mud Bowl," remembered for Dolphins linebacker A.J. Duhe intercepting Richard Todd three times, including returning one for a touchdown in Miami's 14-0 win. In 1986, New York's Ken O'Brien and Miami's Dan Marino went back and forth in one of the NFL's biggest slugfests, with Wesley Walker catching the winning touchdown in overtime for the Jets' 51-45 victory.

Marino pulled off "The Spike" in 1994, when he faked downing the ball late in the game and instead threw a touchdown pass that gave the Dolphins a 28-24 victory. The Jets lost their remaining games, and the Dolphins went on to win the division.And, of course, there was the "Monday Night Miracle" in 2000 at the old Meadowlands stadium, when the Jets stormed back from a 30-7 fourth-quarter deficit and beat the Dolphins 40-37 in overtime."I get excited for every game," Tannehill said, "but a division game against the Jets in New York is really exciting."This one also has added spice with both sides getting into a bit of a war of words early in the week. It all stems from the first meeting, when Ryan said the Jets needed to put "hot sauce" on Dolphins RB Reggie Bush - explaining that he meant extra attention on the playmaking running back. Well, Bush hurt his knee in the game and took Ryan's comments to mean the Jets intended to injure him, so he said it was karma that Revis was knocked out for the season.Ryan said this week he would expect Bush to apologize for his comments because he did for his, adding they were misinterpreted. Bush didn't buy Ryan's apology, and Landry fired things up further by saying the running back will "remember that hit" he put on him that injured him briefly last month.

Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin added they want to take Bush out, but legally. Miami center Mike Pouncey fired back: "He's a joke."

Whew. Got all that ?

Just another Dolphins-Jets showdown.

"I expect for it to be a tough game, probably some trash talking going on, but it's going to be a physical game," Bush said. "It's going to be a tough game. It's a divisional opponent and that's a great thing about playing divisional opponents is that you get a chance to see them twice. It'll be fun this time around."

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