The final game of the year is nearly here. It’s a long rivalry with a lot of great moments, when the Jets take on the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are not out of the playoff race yet, although they need a win and a lot of help in order to continue their chances to reach MetLife stadium in February. Geno Smith and the rest of the Jets are looking to spoil the Dolphins “Road to MetLife Stadium” tomorrow afternoon.
Last week, the Dolphins were shut out by the Bills 19-0, while the Jets topped the Browns, 24-13.
Let’s look at the history between these two teams.
Despite the lackluster play over the last few years, the Jets still own the series lead with a 49-45-1 record. However, the Dolphins have won the last two in a row, and seven out of the past ten. Joe Philbin is 2-1 against the Jets, while Rex is 3-6 against the Dolphins.
The Jets will need another efficient performance by Geno Smith, as the numbers tell us. The Jets are 5-0 this season when Geno has posted a passer rating higher than 80. Geno is also second in the league in rushing touchdowns for QB’s with five.
Can Santonio Holmes come up with a big game? He did the last time these two teams met in Miami, with nine catches for 147 yards. Quietly, the Jets have been running the ball very well, at a clip of 133.6 yards per game, good for second best in the AFC.
Ed Reed has found a little bit of youth of late, with two interceptions in the last three ball games. Same goes for Calvin Pace, who has combined with Muhammad Wilkerson for a total of 20.5 sacks on the season.
For the Dolphins, it could be a history making day for Ryan Tannehill, as he needs 291 yards through the air to become only the second quarterback in team history to post a 4,000 yard passing season. It will put him in rarefied air, with someone named Dan Marino.
The Jets will need to keep a handle on Olivier Vernon, who leads the Dolphins with 11.5 sacks. In the first meeting between these two teams, Vernon posted a career high three sack game.