The New York Jets (7-8) finish their season with one more divisional showdown. The Jets, 24-13 winners last week against the Cleveland Browns, will look to avenge their Week 13 loss against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins flat out dominated the Jets, beating them 23-3 and vaulting themselves back into the playoff picture. With a home win on Sunday, the Dolphins will capture the sixth and final AFC playoff spot.
The New York Jets played with a lot of heart and emotion last week as they won their final home against the Cleveland Browns. There have been rumblings about Rex Ryan’s job status. Fox NFL Insider Jay Glazer believes that Ryan will be fired after the season and communicated this decision to his team on Saturday night. Ryan’s defense delivered a huge effort and rookie quarterback Geno Smith delivered a huge effort by accounting for three total touchdowns. Smith delivered two touchdown passes to unheralded wide receiver, David Nelson and added one on the ground with a 17-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter. Smith’s touchdown fired Rex Ryan up more than usual. Ryan was fist pumping and jumping up and down on the sideline. Let’s see if Ryan and Smith can build on this performance and carry this momentum to Miami.
The Jets were great at home, posting a 6-2 record, but struggling mightily on the road, losing six of seven contests. The Jets will attempt to play spoiler for the Dolphins, but the linemakers peg the Dolphins as a solid home favorite. NFL Odds are in Miami’s favor as they opened as a solid seven-point home favorite against their AFC East foes. Rex Ryan’s team has not won two games in a row this season and given his impending dismissal, I have a hard time thinking the Jets will win this game. Ryan Tannehill had a big game against the Jets in Week 13 and I expect another one with a lot on the line.
Prediction: Dolphins 24 Jets 10