The New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins rivalry has brought several memorable moments throughout the years. Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino’s fake spike, the “Miracle at the Meadowlands” and Chad Pennington returning with Miami in 2008 while knocking Gang Green from playoff contention are just a few examples. Sunday potentially brings another, as the Dolphins (8-7) stand one win away from this year’s playoffs. New York currently being at 7-8 could all but end these hopes. They would like to eliminate their adversaries and win, for momentum purposes.
A .500 finish looks better than 7-9, sending a message that things are heading in the right direction; it also gives head coach Rex Ryan only one losing season in five years. Another effort like last week might convince owner Woody Johnson and/or general manager John Idzik to stay with him for at least one more year. Disappointment after a 5-4 start probably lingers, but in the fickle environment of pro sports, finishing with their first win streak paints a solid picture.
One must wonder about this promising defense if Ryan goes. Would there be changes in scheme? Sure, more talent must arrive on offense. However, going 8-8 with a mistake-prone rookie QB and weak group of wide outs is an impressive feat. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell offer enough to be their running back tandem for years to come. Even if they go down, but in a close battle, there would be positive signs. This team far exceeded expectations when people thought they could maybe win four games. Taking Miami out with them just offers more satisfaction.