TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Weather: High 42, Low 33
The Miami Dolphins started the season off with a 3-0 record and it looked like this might be the season they actually contend for a division title, but those hopes went down the drain as they lost six of their next eight games to drop to 5-6 on the year. Ryan Tannehill has been pretty impressive, however, passing for 2,784 yards and 15 touchdowns, but he has been sacked more than any quarterback in the league. Hard to win games when your quarterback is on his back more often than not. Mike Wallace has come on strong as of late after a slow start to the season, catching 49 passes 661 yards and two touchdowns as the team’s second-leading receiver. Lamar Miller hasn’t been as impressive as people had hoped, rushing for just 475 yards and two touchdowns on 4.2 yards per carry.
The New York Jets, like the Dolphins had started the season off with a bang and no one believed they could do it with a depleted roster and an injured starting quarterback. Although they have had to rely on the turnover-prone rookie quarterback that is Geno Smith, the Jets have a 5-6 record and are still in the hunt for a playoff berth. Smith has been the subject of benching talks this week as he has turned the ball over far too many times and leads the 31st-ranked passing offense with just 2,227 yards and eight scores. Jeremy Kerley is the team’s top receiver with 347 yards and two scores on 28 catches — that shows the depletion of the receiving corps. Chris Ivory has now overtaken Bilal Powell as the team’s leading rusher with 502 yards and two scores.
Defensively, the Dolphins are a pretty average unit as a whole. Ranking 10th in points allowed and 14th in passing yards allowed, Miami seems to have a decently-solid group moving forward. The Jets’ defense has had trouble keeping teams from scoring, ranking 25th in points allowed per game, but has been great in the yardage-allowed game, ranking ninth in total yards allowed and first in rushing yards allowed.
PREDICTION: Dolphins 27, Jets 21