The New York Jets' defense just couldn’t drag their inconsistent quarterback play into the playoffs.
After a 23-6 loss to the Seahawks last week, the 7-9 Jets are now eliminated from contention. They’ve lost five straight games between Mike White, Zach Wilson and Mike White again, but they still have something to play for this week; spoiling the party for their division rival Miami Dolphins. Despite several losses in a row, Miami still remains in the playoff race, but need plenty of help along the way.
The Dolphins' five game losing streak has dropped them to 8-8, while losing Teddy Bridgewater to an injured hand in Week 17 and falling at New England, 23-21. The Dolphins need some help from Buffalo beating New England, but if that happens and they get a win, they’re in the playoffs. Mike McDaniel will need to figure out how to stave off this collapse, and he might need to do it without Tua Tagovailoa.
Here are the odds for New York and Miami in Week 18:
Jets vs. Dolphins Odds, Spread and Total
Miami and New York Betting Trends
- Miami is 8-8 ATS
- New York is 8-8 ATS
- The Under is 11-5 in New York’s games
- The Under is 4-0 in New York’s last four games
- Miami is 7-2-1 ATS in last 10 vs. New York
Jets vs. Dolphins Prediction and Pick
Tua’s timeline to return from his third concussion is still unclear and I personally wouldn’t expect him back this week. It just seems so unlikely that he’d be able to come back and risk more head trauma especially when he’ll be under the microscope. Any hard hit or misstep will be evaluated as a possible concussion or concussion like symptoms and another real hit to the head could end his career. So, it would be Skylar Thompson again because Teddy Bridgewater is believed to have a broken finger on his throwing hand.
He went 12/21 for 161 yards, a touchdown and a pick in relief of Bridgewater. On the season, he’s completing 54% of his passes, averaging 5.2 yards per attempt, and has three interceptions to just one touchdown. His first action came against New York when he went 19/33 for 166 yards and an interception. The Jets won that game 40-17.
It feels like the Dolphins are pretty lifeless without Tua, and even if he does come back he was not good the last time he came back from a concussion. Mike McDaniel was the new wonderboy head coach, but his team is completely choking away a great season and I don’t think he knows the heimlich.
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