The 6-5 Dolphins and the 2-9 Jets will do battle on Monday Night in New York after both suffering defeats last week. The Dolphins played a great game and had an 11 point lead entering the 4th quarter against the powerful Broncos in Denver. Their defense allowed the Broncos to score 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter, which lead to a heartbreaking 39-36 defeat. The Jets on the other hand played very poorly and never had a chance while getting blown out 38-3 by the mediocre Bills. While the Jets are still trying to figure out who their quarterback should be, the Dolphins have been playing inspiring football by winning 4 of their previous 6 games with both losses coming on 4th quarter meltdowns.
The Dolphins have been playing consistently on both sides of the ball all season. After starting 1-2 where they were outscored 83-58, they have rebounded to go 5-3 and have outscored their opponents 227-136. 3rd year Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has proven he can be steady and productive despite not having any receivers total more then 81 receiving yards in a game all season. He has been especially good over the last 6 games by throwing 12 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Their Defense has also been solid by only giving up an average of 17 points a game over their last 8 games. Their Defense could be even better as cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Cortland Finnegan could both return from injury this week.
The Jets on the other hand have been a disaster all season long, but it is their offense that has struggled the most. In their last 10 games, the Jets are 1-9 but have been particularly bad the last 4 games going 1-3 and being outscored 118-56. It hasn’t made a difference whether Geno Smith or Michael Vick has been under center as neither has played well at all. Last weeks blowout loss added injury to insult as both Jace Amaro and Mohammed Wilkerson were injured and their status for this week’s game isn’t likely. Wilkerson is a Defensive End and is arguably the Jets best player and Amaro leads all rookie tight ends with 34 catches for 291 yards. If they do not play this week, it will be that much more difficult for the Jets to get back in the win column.
The Dolphins record is 6-5 but they could also be 9-2 as they blew three 4th quarter leads this year. After last season’s distractions and locker room turmoil, the Dolphins were becoming more known for off the field issues then their play on the field. The organization as whole has done a great job of changing the locker room culture and making it all about football. The Jets have obviously not learned anything from the Dolphins because they continue to be known more for the job statuses of their coach, QB and GM, than their play on the field.
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