BY SEAN DONOVAN
Despite the two games in the books, both teams have unsettled questions and hope to develop consistency in Week 3. To do so, Mark Sanchez and the Jets' offense will need to bounce back from a putrid performance in Pittsburgh, while Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins hope to keep it rolling after a 35-point outburst against the Raiders.
With a victory, either team can seize control of the early AFC East division lead.
Sanchez vs. Fins' secondary. The Dolphins aren't strong in pass defense. The Jets will need to exploit this, especially because Miami has bottled up opposing rushers so far this season to the tune of 2.2 yards per carry, lowest in the NFL. And with a subpar stable of running backs, the pressure will be on Sanchez to get it done through the air with a marginal receiving corps.
Tannehill's efficiency. After a turnover-riddled debut in Houston, Tannehill had an efficient game last week against Oakland. This week, he faces a vastly superior opponent, one known for solid man-to-man coverage and aggressive blitz calls. If he can manage the game and avoid turnovers, Miami should have a decent chance at winning.
Bush's impact. Reggie Bush is proving that he can be an every down back for the Dolphins, and is now second in the NFL in rushing. The Jets are strong against the run, but if Bush can get into open spaces, he can do damage against any defense. An ideal scenario for New York is to limit Bush early, and force Tannehill to beat them. Former Dolphin and current Jets' safety Yeremiah Bell will play an instrumental role in run support on Bush.
Jets and Dolphins posts from this week:
Week 3 AFC East game picks: Jets at Dolphins
Around-the-Web AFC East power rankings - Week 3
Dolphins' Philbin getting 1st taste of AFC East rivalry
Sherman talks pluses/minuses of Tannehill's mobility
Film Review: Wallace's big TD catch vs. Cromartie
Dolphins' D bends for yards, doesn't break for points
Force-fed Sanchez-Holmes connection falters in loss
Fins' offense wakes up in 2nd half en route to win