Darrelle Revis missed last week against the Steelers with a concussion and he was really missed as the Steelers beat the Jets 27-10 on the strength of a very strong performance from Ben Roethlisberger (24 of 31 for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns) that probably would not have happened if Revis were in the lineup. This week, however, the Jets get Revis back for a divisional clash with the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins put up 35 points on the board against a pathetic Raiders defense last week, but that probably won’t happen again this week. Reggie Bush won’t have the 172 yards and 2 touchdowns he had last week against a perennially good Jets run defense that held the Steelers to 66 yards on 28 carries last week, thanks to the return of stud nose tackle Sione Pouha. Meanwhile, Ryan Tannehill, who was 18 of 30 for 200 yards and a touchdown last week, will find life much harder without Bush exploding for a huge game and with Revis and Antonio Cromartie covering his crappy receivers instead of Patrick Lee and Shawntae Spencer.
Still, the Dolphins are at home and they have a sneaky good defense and have dating back to last year, when they ranked 6th in scoring. Mark Sanchez is coming off a horrendous game (10 of 27 for 138 yards and a touchdown) and if he continues to struggle, the Dolphins could win a close one at home. In won’t help that he’ll be without starting tight end Dustin Keller, his leading receiver in 2011, once again in this one. The Jets are also in a dreaded breather game situation as favorites before being underdogs and after losing as underdogs. Teams in that situation are 49-77 ATS since 2008. The Jets play the 49ers next week. The Jets should be on upset alert.