Around the turn of the century, any matchup between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets was a marquee game destined for CBS’ best afternoon slot or primetime. While the two squads received a prominent showcase every now and then, their inability to remain simultaneously in the playoff hunt much over the past decade really killed the luster.
You can argue both are again mediocre this year, but thanks to the state of the AFC both are right in contention. Relevance! And due to their bipolar natures — though more of the good side with Ryan Tannenhill than Geno Smith — also a matchup that presents a rather tough line to project and winner to predict. Jets come off a beating at the Baltimore Ravens while Miami blew an opportunity to beat the Carolina Panthers today.
NFL Week 13 Matchup, Game Time and TV Info: Miami Dolphins (5-6) at New York Jets (5-6) (1 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS
Point Spread Prediction: Dolphins by 2 (Early line: Jets by 2)
I’m personally glad the Dolphins are in contention because the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin storyline has been supersaturated at this point, and some on-field news can bridge the time until something more substantial comes out on that story beyond the narrative that bullying is bad, which it is.
How Miami handles the departure of Incognito and Martin — coupled with center Mike Pouncey‘s illness — is a rapidly developing situation that at first seemed a disaster but is now looking to be something Miami can actually manage. Bryant McKinnie has come in and recently proved competent and Tyson Clabo is stepping up his play on the right edge — though Pouncey and Incognito’s run blocking are sorely missed. The Jets’ powerful d-line of Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison could run ramshod.
Key Matchup: Mike Wallace vs. Antonio Cromartie
Wallace got wide open deep a few times today, and could make Cromo’s long season feel even longer.