Jets vs. Dolphins; Meet the Dolphins

By Marc A. Greenberg

Week 17 and the New York Jets find themselves in a familiar situation; needing help to advance to the Playoffs.

This week, the Jets travel to South Florida to take on the suddenly dangerous 5-10 Miami Dolphins and new head coach Todd Bowles.  This is a different Dolphins team than the one we saw on October 17 where the Jets won 24-6.  Starting out 0-7, the Fins are 5-3 in the their past 8.

Not only will the Jets need a victory on Sunday; they will need the Titans to lose to the Texans, the Bengals must lose to the Ravens, and either the Raiders must lose to the Chargers or the Broncos must lose to the Chiefs.


QB Matt Moore (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Matt Moore has seen his confidence and numbers increase this season.  With 2375 passing yards to go along with 15 TDs and a 59.8 passing percentage, Moore has the ability to control the game and avoid bad mistakes.  Allowing 51 sacks this season (1 shy of franchise record), it’s amazing that Moore is still able to play.

RUNNING BACK:  Reggie Bush has come alive in Miami.  Rushing for a career-high 1,086 yards and a 5.0 average this season, Bush is proving that he can be an every down back.


Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall. (Joe Rimkus Jr. / Staff Photo)

Say what you want about Brandon Marshall (77 catches, 1,177 yards). The guy can play.  Having developed a nice rapport with QB Moore, the Dolphins have a dangerous receiver who will visit Revis Island this Sunday.  Last week, Marshall put up 156 yards on 7 catches against the Patriots. Look for him to get the ball this week as the Dolphins will try to play spoiler to the Jets playoff chances.


Jason Taylor will play his final game this Sunday against the Jets. (Joe Rimkus Jr. / Staff Photo)

Cameron Wake leads the team in sacks with 9, but the story come Sunday will be Jason Taylor who just announced that he will be retiring after the game.  Look for an emotional Taylor (7 sacks) to attack Jets QB Mark Sanchez early and often.