When Rex Ryan took over as Jets coach, his first big splash came in a verbal sparring match with Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder. Entering the teams' Week 5 matchup on Monday night, the Jets (3-1) have a distinct edge over the Dolphins (1-3), who have already lost quarterback Chad Pennington for the season.
This game also marks the Jets debut of Braylon Edwards (pictured left, in a preseason game with the Browns), whom the Jets acquired in a trade with Cleveland last week. He could be a huge factor early with Jerricho Cotchery on the Jets' injury report. The Jets defense could also have a field day with Chad Henne, the Dolphins quarterback who ran roughshod over a beat-up Bills team last week.
The Dolphins won the AFC East last year but will be hard-pressed to repeat that. These teams play again in Week 8. Can Mark Sanchez bounce back from his atrocious performance in New Orleans? Can the defense match their shutdown of a Saints offense against a mediocre-at-best Dolphins? The next part of the schedule is easy: vs. Buffalo, at Oakland, vs. Buffalo, bye vs. Jacksonville.