Sunday, December 29, 2013

Week 17 Preview: Jets at Dolphins, Second of Many, Eh This Team is Fine Articles

Geno Smith will have a good day for the Jets, but in the end, they will fall to the Dolphins. Photo from
Jets: None.

Dolphins: None.

Jets: None.

Dolphins: None.

Jets: DB Ellis Lankster (jaw)

Dolphins: RB Daniel Thomas (ankle)

Jets: One final time this year, the Jets have listed an ungodly number of players as probable. They're all playing. Whatever.

Dolphins: S Chris Clemons (knee/hamstring), WR Brian Hartline (knee), S Don Jones (elbow/abdomen), LB Koa Misi (triceps), WR Marlon Moore (wrist), DT Jared Odrick (wrist), DT Paul Soliai (ankle), QB Ryan Tannehill (knee), CB Jamar Taylor (hamstring)

The Dolphins are fighting for their playoff lives today, and how sweet it would be for the Jets to spoil it after being knocked out of the playoffs in Week 17 by these same fish in 2008 and 2011.

So now, it's New York's turn to play spoiler, and squish the fish. So how exactly will that happen?

As we saw the last time these teams squared off, Geno Smith was mired in an awful slump. He's since seemed to have turned it around a bit, putting together solid performances against the Raiders and Browns at home in two of the last three games. The Dolphins are a middle of the road pass defense, so it's certainly possible for Smith to have a decent game today.

And he'll have to play well because the Dolphins have been a great run defense recently. After starting off the year as one of the worst in the league, they've really picked it up, shooting all the way up to eighth in the league. Because of this, it will be tough for Chris Ivory to get much on the ground.

As for the Jets defense, as usual, they will eliminate the opponent's run game early and often, leaving it up to Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins passing attack to beat the Jets. And that will be our downfall, because the pass defense is really bad. Expect to see at least a couple of backbreaking big plays that should lead to a Miami victory. (See: Wallace, Mike)

It will be closer than originally thought, and I think the Jets will close out the season with a valiant effort, but it will come in a loss.

Jets (+6.5) over DOLPHINS.

Dolphins 24, Jets 20

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