The surprisingly decent Miami Dolphins will travel to the Meadowlands Sunday to take on the depleted, but always tough New York Jets in an all-AFC East divisional clash. Nothing much was expected out of Miami this year, but they’ve proven that this is a better team that most would have predicted. They sit at .500 entering this key match-up against the Jets, and a big road win here could have them thinking playoffs in Miami.
The Jets played a solid game last week, but ultimately fell just short against the Patriots. Despite their plethora of injuries at many of the key positions, coach Rex Ryan still has his team fighting. New York enters this pivotal clash with a 3-4 record, and if they are still thinking playoffs, these are the kind of games the Jets simply must win. It won’t be easy though with all the banged up talent on their roster right now. Joe McKnight and Nick Mangold are playing through sprained ankles, while Bart Scott, Eric Smith, and Sione Po’uha will all be battling through injuries as well.
One of the most pleasant surprises associated with this Miami squad has been just how effective their young quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been. They’ll be looking for another impressive outing from the former Texas A&M star as Miami will be looking for their third straight victory. Much of their success this season can be attributed to just how amazing the Dolphins’ defense has been, led by Cameron Wake. They shouldn’t have any difficulty limiting a stagnant Jets attack. On the injury front, only cornerback Richard Marshall is in danger of sitting out against New York. Aside from that this is a motivated, well-rested bunch, ready for a breakthrough road victory.
Dolphins vs. Jets Betting Odds:
Miami Dolphins +2 (-110)
@ New York Jets -2 (-110)
Over 38.5 (-110)
Under 38.5 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Dolphins vs. Jets Pick:
When these teams met earlier in the season, the Jets squeaked out a narrow victory despite likely deserving a loss. If Miami kicker Dan Carpenter didn’t miss so many field goals in that contest, this game could have very different implications. Now the Jets are overvalued after playing Houston and New England tough, but they still remain a team led by a brutal quarterback and one without an offensive identity.
The Dolphins are coming off of the bye, and the Jets are heading into theirs. Both trends point heavily to the Dolphins. Add in the fact that that key running back Reggie Bush has had an extra week to rest their tired legs, and Miami should be able to run all over an overrated Jets’ defensive front. In this series, the road team has won 7 of the last 10 meetings, but the Dolphins should do enough to exact their revenge in Week 8.
Miami has been improving week-by-week and that will continue against the Jets. Despite the fact that the public perceives the Jets to still be a capable squad, as they took Houston and New England to the wire, this remains a team is disarray that will have great difficulty moving the football against a stout Dolphins’ defense. They are 4th in the NFL in run defense, meaning much of the Jets’ attack will need to go through Mark Sanchez. That is always a scary proposition. Tannehill will have the Miami offense be efficient and methodical, while the ‘Fins defense will be ferocious at getting into the face of Sanchez. The Dolphins have covered 12 of their past 16 contests, and look for them to improve on that as they secure a huge road victory in the Meadowlands.
PICK = Miami +2 (-110)