The Jets (3-3) vs. the Miami Dolphins (3-2) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. ET.
It will be hot, as usual, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s. It will also be windy, with sustained winds of 15-20 m.p.h. expected. And as always in Miami, there could be some late afternoon thunderstorms that potentially could impact the second half of the game.
Coverage on SNY:
- Jets Pre-Game Live at noon
- Jets Halftime Live on Facebook.com/SNY
- Jets Post-Game Live on SNY immediately following the game
- Jets Post-Game Overtiime on SNY.tv immediately following Post-Game Live
WHAT IT MEANS
This is a huge game for the Jets, for a variety of reasons. For one, it will test their mettle. We'll all see how they can bounce back from an emotional, heart-breaking loss to the Patriots. Did that crush them? Or can they show some resiliency? Maybe more to the big-picture point, this could be the Jets' last stand in the playoff chase. Seriously. After this game against a flawed Dolphins team that they already beat, their next six games include five against the Falcons, Bucs, Panthers and Chiefs. That's a Murderers' Row. So if they lose to the Dolphins and fall to 3-4 there may be no recovering. But if they win and go to 4-3, they're staring at a .500 record (at least) at the halfway point and potentially being over .500 through their ninth game (at home on a Thursday night against the Bills). Things may go awry after that, but this win sets them up to have at least a chance in the second half of the season. And who would've ever dreamed that?
PLAYER TO WATCH: Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi
The Jets held this powerful running back to 16 yards on 11 carries in their 20-6 win over the Dolphins back in Week 3. That's a masterful job, especially considering half of his yards came on one carry. It was obviously his worst game of the season. He's since rebounded with 77 tough yards against the Titans and 130 against the Falcons in the last two weeks. Can they contain him again? If they do, and they can force Jay Cutler to throw 44 passes like he did in the first meeting, the Jets should win again. If Ajayi gets on a roll, though, the Jets' task will become much harder.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Jets CBs Morris Claiborne/Buster Skrine vs. Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry
With the injured Davante Parker unlikely to play (or at least be full strength), Landry will be the guy for the Dolphins. He has yet to even come close to having the kind of breakout game that matches his talent, though he has scored touchdowns in each of the last two weeks. The Jets held him to six catches for 48 yards in the first meeting, though Parker was 8-76-1. The Jets' CBs have been generally good this season, so shutting down Landry shouldn't be a huge problem, especially with the erratic Cutler trying to find him with limited other options. Landry can be a big-play guy, though, and the Jets certainly have been prone to big mistakes. It might just take a play or two for Landry to exploit this matchup.
I know the Jets lost last week, but that game was really impressive for many, many reasons. They proved they could play with a good (but flawed) team that won the Super Bowl eight months ago. In fact, they out-played them for much of the first half (and probably would've turned the game into an early route if Buster Skrine had only held on to his first-half, would-be interception. There is talent on this team on defense, along the offensive line, in the backfield, and even the passing attack is showing some surprising signs of spunk. Yes, they tend to make big mistakes at bad times, but that's the sign of a young team. They can't get away with that against the Patriots, but they probably can get away with that against the Dolphins. As long as the Jets don't let Ajayi run wild, there's no reason this can't be a repeat of their first meeting, a 20-6 Jets win. Josh McCown has found a rhythm with his patchwork receiving corps. It might be tough to continue that against a tough Dolphins defense, but he might not have to do much. This has all the hallmarks of an ugly, low-scoring game that will turn on one big mistake at some point. Maybe it's a toss-up on which of these teams makes it. I'd bet on the Dolphins to mess things up first. … Jets 13, Dolphins 9.
MY RECORD: 4-2
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING JETS TO WIN: 2-1
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING JETS TO LOSE: 2-1