This is a game the Miami Dolphins must win. Sitting in the crosshairs of a playoff seat with a 5-6 record in a very tight AFC conference, these Dolphins have to find their inner Don Shula and come out on top against the New York Jets a team that has been more Jekyll than Hyde this season. With everything riding on this game another loss will prove to be disastrous for both teams claw their way in their own division before moving anywhere else.
The Jets, in the same boat, might be able to help this team along the way.
This week, Jets head coach Rex Ryan hinted at a possible change at quarterback for the team, stating there are things this team still needs to work on, Mike E. Kaye’s story on SB Nation.
“During his postgame press conference, following a 19-3 loss to the Raven, Ryan failed to acknowledge Smith as his starter moving forward. The Jets are still in the hunt for the playoffs, but Ryan claimed he needed to look at tape of the game before deciding who to play at quarterback in Week 13 against the Dolphins.”
The article also stated that Smith went 9 of 22 for 127 yards and two interceptions against the Ravens, just one week after having a 10.1 passer rating against the Bills in a 37-14 loss. On the season, Smith has a 55.2 completion percentage with 2,227 passing yards to go along with eight touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He has started every game this season, where the Jets also have a 5-6 record.
Miami is not without its own issues at running back where Daniel Thomas is lost for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Daniel Thomas suffered a torn ankle ligament against Carolina that will keep the runner sidelined for an extended period of time, according to a person informed of the injury.
With both teams ailing and the need for a win, this could be as tough a defensive game as the two teams have encountered this season.
Here are three bold predictions for this game.
Mike Wallace pulls a Dez Bryant on the sidelines
He is “Mr. Hot, Mr. Cold” for this franchise and on Sunday, he might just snap. Watch Wallace catch a few passes, feel like he is contributing and the Dolphins pull a Charlie Brown moment on him. Wallace is the oddest free agent signing of the season in the NFL and he will finally snap on Sunday. Watch him get in the face of Ryan Tannehill, Mike Sherman and Joe Philbin along the way.
Geno Smith will throw three more interceptions and proclaim he had a great game
There is so much ability there in New York and the potential to be a very good player – but realistically, he is still a rookie. Smith must learn to be more accurate and comfortable in the pocket. He must pick out his receivers without telegraphing his throwing lanes. And after the game, if he has a bad performance, he needs to own up to it.
Lamar Miller's big game
I think, despite the issues with the injury to Thomas, this is the day Miller makes the ground game his personal playground. The Jets defense has been pretty good this year, but I have a feeling this could be a very solid day for the running game. Charles Clay and maybe Mike Gillislee will get into the act as well.
If the running game can move the chains, Ryan Tannehill could have a big game as well.