The Jets face off against the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. Here's how they can recover after last week's ugly loss:
1. Welcome Darrelle Revis back with open arms. After the Jets’ Week 2 loss to the Steelers, all people could talk about was Mark Sanchez. But Revis is the team’s best player, and he hardly got mentioned despite the Steelers abusing the Jets’ pass defense. Mike Wallace caught five passes for 74 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown, while being shadowed by Antonio Cromartie. Ben Roethlisberger completed 77.4 percent of his passes and threw for 275 yards. That probably doesn’t happen if Revis is playing. But all people could talk about was Sanchez. With the Dolphins starting a rookie quarterback and a thin and unimpressive receiving corps, Revis’ presence may not be as important as his absence was last week. But the Jets will still be happy to have him back.
2. Stop Reggie Bush. The former USC star and New Orleans Saint says his goal for 2012 is to win the rushing title. That probably won’t happen, but he did run for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a win against Oakland last week. After being shredded on the ground in their Week 1 win over Buffalo, the Jets didn’t surrender much on the ground last week in Pittsburgh. But that was likely due to the Steelers’ pleasure at destroying the Jets through the air. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will probably hand the ball off more than Roethlisberger did last week, so the Jets must be ready to contain the Dolphins’ ground game.
3. Get a better game from the whole offense. Sanchez didn’t play well last week, but he was hardly the only one. Santonio Holmes was targeted 11 times but only caught three passes thanks to several drops. Jeff Cumberland ran the wrong route and got hit in the hip. Shonn Greene didn’t do much either. With Tim Tebow on the roster, the media love to point out every Sanchez shortcoming, but he definitely shouldered too much of the blame from last week’s loss. He needs to play better, but so does everyone around him. This is a game the Jets have to have, and they’ll probably get it.