On Sunday (9:30 a.m., CBS), there will be a chance to rebound for the New York Jets, who had a comeback attempted thwarted last week in a 24-17 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
And they face an opponent in the Miami Dolphins who are vulnerable and have not looked good in their 1-2 start to the year. The offense is disjointed, the best player on the defense is doing his own thing and life in Miami is not terribly sunny.
Now the Jets travel overseas for a regular season game for the first time ever, taking their 2-1 record into famous Wembley Stadium. These games in London have proven to be a bit wacky at times plus you can factor in fatigue, travel and time zones as well as a stadium not configured for the NFL and suddenly, it is one weird week.
"I think we’ll see as it comes, because we’ve got to figure out the sleep schedules and how everybody feels and all that. The good thing is both teams are dealing with the same stuff and the same challenges and problems," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "So, we really just have to focus in while we’re here with practice today and meetings and tomorrow as well, before we get on the plane. Then be productive over there, but it’s going to be a huge mental week for us, just making sure that we know exactly what we’re doing on offense, what we’re trying to get accomplished and the different things they can throw at us on defense."
Three Things to Watch from the Jets in Week 4:
The Suh Factor – It is hit or miss when it comes to Ndamukong Suh and how the Dolphins prize free agent is performing. He had four tackles in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills but has yet to register a sack at all this season (in fact the Dolphins as a team have one sack to date). Suh can be disruptive in the interior for sure but he hasn't been the dominant player the Fins hoped for when they signed him this past offseason. He'll likely be matched up against guard Brian Winters, who will get the start in place of the injured Willie Colon. This could be a nightmare for the Jets as Suh is physically dominant with his bull rush and Winters, who has short arms, has struggled in these type of match-ups in the past.
Dolphins Have Done This Before – Miami made this road trip last season, a 38-14 win over the Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium. The familiarity with this flight, with the field, with the surroundings, might be beneficial to the team. “We’re doing a lot similar things from a schedule standpoint, nothing is ever always the same, but I thought last year our operations people and our advance people really did a fantastic job with the logistics and the details of the trip and they again have done an excellent job," head coach Joe Philbin said. "We’re going to stay in the same hotel, we’re familiar with that, practice at the same facility, we’re familiar with that and we’re excited about going over there and playing.” This understanding might give the Dolphins an edge in this game.
Bouncing Back – Outside of the first game of preseason, these Jets hadn't lost under head coach Todd Bowles until Week 3, so something will be learned about the Jets head coach from this experience. How will he focus the team after a tough loss and get them to regroup during a week with travel and an unusual set-up? This will be a telling week for Bowles and one where his coaching style will be evident.