USA Today: 4-of-7 picked Dolphins
ESPN: 9-of-13 picked Dolphins
The Dolphins will have everything to play for on Sunday afternoon. With a win and a little help, Miami will be headed to the postseason for the first time since 2008. Conversely, the Jets will have nothing to play for besides the opportunity to spoil their rival’s season. Still, Rex Ryan‘s club is more than capable of earning an upset on the road.
The Dolphins have already beaten the Jets once in 2013 — a 23-3 drubbing in the Meadowlands on December 1 — but there were elements of that win that may prove to be an aberration. Miami’s running game was surprisingly productive against New York’s stout front seven, Ryan Tannehill had a clean pocket to throw from on most attempts, and Chris Ivory and company didn’t surpass 100 yards rushing.
After the Dolphins were thoroughly dominated in the trenches on both sides of the ball in Week 16, their prospects of winning comfortably vs. the Jets for a second time don’t look promising. The Jets have only won one road game all season, however, losing by double digits five times. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has also been a turnover machine in his first season and is more than capable of handing this game to Miami on a silver platter.
I don’t see the Dolphins dominating this game like they did earlier in the month, but I don’t see them losing at home to these Jets either. I’m expecting a competitive game that will be quite stressful for Dolphins fans until the final gun. In the end, though, the Dolphins will find a way to escape disaster and get the necessary help they need to sneak into the playoffs as the AFC‘s sixth seed.
Miami 20 — New York 17
Cody Strahm is a Miami Dolphins contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CodyJStrahm.