N.Y., Mi­ami both look­ing to re­bound Jets vs. Dol­phins

Teams have lost past two headed into their matchup

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - SPORTS - Mi­ami

When the New York Jets run the ball Sun­day, it will be a test of their block­ing against the Mi­ami Dol­phins’ tack­ling to see who’s worse.

Both have been bad lately.

Mi­ami (4-4) has given up 600 yards rush­ing in the past three games. A de­fen­sive de­cline, not an in­jury to quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill, is the big­gest rea­son the Dol­phins have lost four of their past five games.

“We’ve got to be bet­ter,” safety Re­shad Jones said. “But there’s no time to hit the panic but­ton right now. We’ve got a lot of foot­ball left.”

The Jets (3-5) have av­er­aged 2.8 yards per carry in the past three games while to­tal­ing 235 yards. After run­ning back Bi­lal Pow­ell suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing neck in­jury in Week 7, the ground game gen­er­ated just 57 yards in last week’s loss at the Chicago Bears.

“I didn’t think it was good at all,” coach Todd ■ When: 1 p.m. Sun­day

■ Where: Mi­ami Gar­dens, Fla. ■ Tv/ra­dio: CBS-6, WTMM

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Bowles said. “They beat us up front, and they beat us to the punch.”

So it looks like an even matchup: the re­sistible force against the move­able ob­ject.

The Dol­phins are tied for29thinthen­flinrun de­fense. In the past three weeks, they’ve al­lowed 164, 248 and 188 yards on the ground, with big plays the big­gest prob­lem.

The Jets’ re­cent rush­ing woes come after they gashed Den­ver in Week 5 for 323 yards, se­cond-most in fran­chise his­tory. Isa­iah Crow­ell had a team-record 219 in that game, but in the past three weeks he has to­taled just 94 yards on 37 car­ries.

The sput­ter­ing ground at­tack only in­creases the bur­den on rookie quar­ter­back Sam Darnold.

“We can’t be up and down,” Bowles said. “We’ve got to be con­sis­tent at it. If we want to throw the ball con­sis­tently, we’ve got to be able to run it con­sis­tently.”

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