The Jets narrowly missed a chance to claim sole possession of first place in the AFC East when the New England Patriots rallied for a 29-26 overtime win last Sunday.
Now at 3-4 for the season, they aim to enter their bye week at .500 with a win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium (CBS, 1 p.m.). Here's how they can reach the midway point on a winning note.
Rock the rook
First-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill has played well in the three games since the Jets beat the Dolphins 23-20 in overtime.
In that span, his team is 2-1 and he's completing 67% of his passes while averaging 280 yards per game through the air. Against the Jets, Tannehill (16-36, 196 yards, no TDs and 1 INT) looked more like a rookie. Constant pressure should keep him in check.
Keep Wake away
The Dolphins' Cameron Wake is among the league leaders in sacks with 6.5, all of which came since losing to the Jets. Keeping Miami's top pass rusher in check is imperative if the Jets hope to get the most out of Mark Sanchez. That doesn't mean they can ignore the rest of the Dolphins; Wake's teammates have more sacks (11.5) than the Jets' whole defense (10).
In the past two games, Sanchez's completion percentage (66%) is where it needs to be in order to put the team in position to win. It's no wonder the Jets were competitive in both games. With tight end Dustin Keller back, Sanchez should perform better than he did on Sept. 23 in Miami.