Both of the Jets’ two wins this season have come at MetLife Stadium.
Gang Green is looking to change that Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
The Jets lost their first two home games against the Ravens and Bengals, and the results weren’t even close. At home this season, the green and white have been outscored 51-21.
“You want to win your home games,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “You have to win your home games. We have to get our fans in the stadium and we have to make them chant loudly and we also have to give them a reason to cheer.
“We’re going to continue to tune out and take one game at a time and focus on the moment. One thing I will say about this group is that they played their hearts out and gave it their all for 60 minutes.
“It’s exciting to bring that to our stadium and give our fans something to cheer for. We definitely want to win at home.”
Sunday could provide a great opportunity for Gang Green to turn around recent misfortunes.
The Jets will face a Dolphins team dealing with several injuries. Not only will Teddy Bridgewater start in place of the injured Tua Tagovailoa (head/neck), but cornerback Xavien Howard is also dealing with a groin injury. Also, tackle Theron Armstead (toe) did not practice.
Cornerback Byron Jones, sidelined after ankle surgery in March, was eligible to return from the PUP this week but is not ready, according to coach Mike McDaniel.
Despite the injuries, the Dolphins have been one of the biggest surprise stories of the season as they sit atop the AFC East in McDaniel’s first season. Miami won its first three games against the Patriots, Ravens and Bills before losing on Thursday Night Football against the Bengals.
“They have electric guys,” Jets quarterback Quinnen Williams said. “Quick guys in the back end, receiving wise, running back wise and a great offensive line.
“Unfortunately, Tua will not be playing, but they still have a great defender in Teddy Bridgewater. A great guy who has been around football for a long time, who knows the ins and outs of football and the experience to win football matches.”
VETERANS COMING BACK?
The Jets could potentially have two players back from injury before Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.
Tackle Dwayne Brown and defensive lineman Vinny Curry returned to practice Wednesday. Brown (shoulder) and Curry (hamstring) were both placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the regular season.
“I came here to do a job and not being able to be out there with the guys, it’s tough,” Brown said. “I hate being left out.
“Just trying to use my leadership as much as possible. Just being there mentally, practicing spiritually with the guys. But it’s good to be back.”
Now that both players are practicing, they have a 21-day window before they have to be activated on the roster before they go back on injured reserve and have to stay there until the end of the season.
The Jets have had a lot of moving parts on the offensive line over the past four weeks. After signing with the Jets in August, Brown has been getting in shape, playing in the final preseason game against the Giants. But a week later, he suffered a shoulder injury during practice that forced the Jets to put George Fanta at left tackle and rookie Max Mitchell at right tackle.
Fant is now on injured reserve with a knee injury after the Jets moved Ali Vero-Tucker from right guard to left tackle. Mitchell also injured his knee in the 24-20 loss against the Steelers and is unlikely to play this weekend.
Saleh has a blueprint for the Jets’ offensive line, but he wasn’t ready to reveal what it was ahead of the game against the Dolphins.
“We’ll see,” Saleh said. “We will get a lot of information today and tomorrow.
“I will last until Sunday. I’m going to be optimistic, but I’m going to take the doctor’s approach on this and take it day by day.”
Linebacker Quincy Williams (ankle) is also questionable against the Dolphins. Quarterback Zach Wilson (ankle), running back Brice Hall (knee) and linebacker Marcell Harris (neck) were limited during Wednesday’s practice as they dealt with what Saleh called “nicks and bruises.” However, Wilson was not seen during the practice media portal, but Saleh said he will be fine despite the ankle problem.
“It’s just little nicks and bruises for these guys,” Saleh said. “It’s NFL season, but there’s nothing to worry about.”