The 8-5 Miami Dolphins travel to New York to take on the Jets in this week’s Saturday night matchup. Miami has won 4 of its past 5 games including last week’s 26-23 home win over the Arizona Cardinals. The win was bittersweet however as quarterback Ryan Tannehill injured his knee and could be out for the rest of the season. His replacement will be Matt Moore, a journeyman backup who hasn’t started an NFL game since 2012. The Jets have lost 4 of their last 5 games but had a nice 23-17 come from behind overtime victory over San Francisco last week. It was Quarterback Bryce Petty’s second career start and his first win.
Before leaving the game with an injury Tannehill was playing well. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 195 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target was Kenny Stills who had 6 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Jarvis Landry also had a nice game with 4 catches for 103 yards. They struggled running the ball as they gained just 83 yards on 31 carries which is an average of 2.7 yards per rush. Jay Ajayi led the team with 48 yards on 20 carries. Defensively, they intercepted Carson Palmer twice and sacked him 3 times for a loss of 20 yards. They also recovered 2 fumbles and had 3 tackles for losses. They struggled defending the rush as Arizona gained 175 yards on 27 carries, which is an average of 6.5 yard per run. Over their last 5 games, the Dolphins defense has allowed their opponents to score an average of 22 points.
The Jets beat the 49ers despite being down 17-3 at halftime. Bryce Petty struggled as he completed 23 of 35 passes for 257 yards 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. He was also sacked 6 times for a loss of 41 yards. His favorite target was Robby Anderson, who had 6 receptions for 99 yards. They had success running the ball as they gained 188 yards on 40 carries. Bilal Powell led the team with 149 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 carries. Defensively, they struggled against the run as San Francisco gained 248 yards on just 27 carries, which is an average of 9.7 yards per rush. They were unable to force a turnover and sacked Colin Kaepernick twice for a loss of 17 yards. The Jets have allowed their opponents to score an average of 23 points in their last 5 games.
Miami has gone 6-7 against the spread this season including 2-4 on the road. New York has gone 4-9 against the spread this season including 1-5 at home. The Dolphins are favored by a field goal in this game despite this being Matt Moore’s first start in 4 years and being on the road. While the Jets have no chance at the playoffs the Dolphins enter this matchup tied with the Denver Broncos for the final wild card spot.
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