Sunday Night Football Preview: Unbeaten Dolphins Favored Over AFC East Rival New York Jets

September 26th, 2010 – by Alex

The Miami Dolphins (2-0) host the New York Jets (1-0) for a Sunday Night Football for a match-up of the two most exciting teams in the NFL. Kickoff from Sun Life Stadium in Miami is slated for 8:20pm EST and coverage will be exclusively on NBC.

The Jets will be making the haul to Miami without their star cornerback, Darelle Revis who got injured trying to cover the New England Patriots’ Randy Moss during the team’s Week 2 action. In that same game, the Jets blew up offensively scoring 18 second half points in a rally that showed just how strong they could be on that side of the ball. Quarterback, Mark Sanchez seemed to bounce back from all criticism en route to 220 yard, 21-30 showcase. Running back, LaDanian Tomlinson averaged almost seven yards per carry on eleven attempts to showcase that he still had a little something left in the tank despite what the critics thought.

When you consider how much trouble the Dolphins had covering the run in their Week 2 match-up, you have to figure that Tomlinson will be able to give the team trouble on the ground. A lot will also depend on which Sanchez the defense has to plan for. If it’s the Week 1 flustered young Jets quarterback, the Dolphins defense will eat him for lunch. If it’s the accurate-yet-aware leader that the fans saw in Week 2, it will be a whole different story.

On the other side, the Dolphins have played a strangely solid young season and will look to carry that forward into their next game. Thus far, Miami has kept both of their opponents under ten points with a powerful defense that is forcing field goals instead of touchdowns. They’re not getting penalized much, and despite not having the most explosive offense in their division, they’re making it work.

In order to be successful against the Jets’ defense, quarterback, Chad Henne will need to take care of the ball and keep the turnovers to a minimum. He doesn’t need to get the ball downfield in this game to be effective, he merely needs to be efficient. Running backs, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams have played very well early in the season, and will need to follow the same formula against a Jets group that can be very unkind to their opponents’ ground attack. Finally, the absence of Revis should mean big things for wide receiver, Brandon Marshall.

Game Lines: Currently, the NFL Week 3 Betting Lines show the Dolphins as 1 to 2 point favorites depending on the sportsbook offering the odds. Bodog Sportsbook has the over/under at a total of 36 points.

NFL ATS Betting Trends: The Dolphins are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games at home against the Jets, and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Despite those negative trends, the Dolphins are 5-1 ATS following a win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7.

The Jets have many hot NFL Betting Trends but we’ll just look at some of the most important ones pertaining to this game. New York is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against teams with a winning record as well as 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on the road. As an underdog, the Jets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games played in September.

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