Dolphins 23

(6-6, 3-3 away)

Jets 3

(5-7, 4-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 1, 2013

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 6 14 323
NYJ 0 0 3 03

Top Performers

Passing: R. Tannehill (MIA) - 331 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Miller (MIA) - 22 CAR, 72 YDS

Receiving: B. Hartline (MIA) - 9 REC, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Dolphins-Jets Preview


While the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are in the thick of the AFC wild-card hunt, neither team has been able to get it together.

The Jets and Dolphins both try to get on track Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

After New York (5-6) became the first NFL team to alternate wins and losses through its first 10 games, that trend ended last Sunday with an ugly 19-3 loss at Baltimore. Geno Smith completed 9 of 22 passes for 127 yards and threw two more interceptions as the Jets were held to a season-low 220 yards of total offense.

"The mistakes we made, they're not on one person," said coach Rex Ryan, who plans to stick with Smith for the time being. "Offensively, as it always does, it seems like we talk about Geno all the time and that stats are out there for the public awareness, I guess. Here are the facts: He was 9 for 22, but it doesn't paint the whole picture. It's certainly not on one guy."

The Dolphins (5-6), meanwhile, are coming off a 20-16 loss to Carolina. Ryan Tannehill threw for 310 yards and a touchdown, but Miami was held to 23 points or fewer for an eighth consecutive game, a stretch during which it has gone 2-6.

"It's hard to score 20, 17, 23, 19, 22 and consistently win games in the National Football League," coach Joe Philbin said. "That's hard to do, so we have to score more points."

With the division title all but out of reach as the Jets and Dolphins trail New England by three games, they are two of several teams battling for the sixth and final playoff spot.

"At this point every game is a must-win," Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson told the team's official website. "These last five games, it's at the end now. We've definitely got to make sure we get these wins. We've got to make sure and prepare real well and execute our game plan and get the win against Miami. It's a division opponent so we have to make sure we get this win."

A better performance from Smith could go a long way for New York. The struggling rookie QB only completed 25 passes in three games in November, with just five going for 20 yards or more. In contrast, he had 17 such completions in September and 10 in October.

"The precision is huge especially when you talk about lower-percentage passes like those ones going downfield," said Smith, who has posted a 15.3 passer rating in the last two games. "It's something we've been working on. I don't think we've shied away from it or gotten away from it. I just think we haven't executed it as well as we've done in the past."

Smith has thrown an NFL-worst 18 interceptions -- five in the last two games -- and he appears to have a difficult matchup against Miami. The Dolphins have allowed just 12 passing TDs while recording 14 picks, good for the league's third-best ratio at 0.86.

New York could also have a hard time getting its ground game going without Chris Ivory, who is questionable after suffering an ankle injury last week. Ivory carried the ball 33 times for 237 yards -- 7.2 per attempt -- and two touchdowns in the previous two games.

Bilal Powell would likely start if Ivory can't go.

Dolphins running back Lamar Miller, posting 43.2 rushing yards per game, could take on a bigger workload with Daniel Thomas (ankle) out. Marcus Thigpen also figures to be involved going forward.

"We've all seen his speed flash at certain times on special teams," Tannehill said of Thigpen. "He's a weapon we can use in this offense. It's going to be exciting to see what he can bring to the table."

Miami, held to a franchise-low two rushing yards on 14 attempts in a 22-19 loss at Tampa Bay in Week 10, managed just 52 against the Panthers.

"You have to be able to run the ball to be effective," offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. "We just have to find a way to get the balance that we so desperately need. We don't have that balance right now."

The Dolphins have dropped three straight on the road, but they are 4-1 at New York since 2008. The Jets are 4-1 at home.


Passing Leaders

J. Cutler62.026661914
M. Moore61.486145
J. McCown67.32926189
B. Petty49.154413

Rushing Leaders

K. Drake1336444.83
J. Ajayi1384653.40
B. Powell1787724.35
M. Forte1033813.72

Receiving Leaders

J. Landry1129878.89
K. Stills5884714.66
R. Anderson6394114.97
J. Kearse6581012.55

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsMIA
Yards PassingMIA
Yards RushingMIA
Yards AllowedMIA
Pass Yds AllowedMIA
Rush Yds AllowedMIA

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

NY Jets leads 15-11
Oct 28, 2012MIA 30, @NYJ 9
Sep 23, 2012MIA 20, NYJ 23
Jan 1, 2012MIA 19, NYJ 17
Oct 17, 2011MIA 6, @NYJ 24
Dec 12, 2010MIA 10, @NYJ 6
Sep 26, 2010MIA 23, NYJ 31
Nov 1, 2009MIA 30, @NYJ 25
Oct 12, 2009MIA 31, NYJ 27
Dec 28, 2008MIA 24, @NYJ 17
Sep 7, 2008MIA 14, NYJ 20
Dec 2, 2007MIA 13, NYJ 40
Sep 23, 2007MIA 28, @NYJ 31
Dec 25, 2006MIA 10, NYJ 13
Oct 15, 2006MIA 17, @NYJ 20
Dec 18, 2005MIA 24, NYJ 20
Sep 18, 2005MIA 7, @NYJ 17
Nov 1, 2004MIA 14, @NYJ 41
Oct 3, 2004MIA 9, NYJ 17
Dec 28, 2003MIA 23, NYJ 21
Sep 14, 2003MIA 21, @NYJ 10
Nov 10, 2002MIA 10, @NYJ 13
Sep 22, 2002MIA 30, NYJ 3
Nov 18, 2001MIA 0, NYJ 24
Oct 14, 2001MIA 17, @NYJ 21

Research Notes

Geno Smith now has as many games with a single-digit Total QBR (6) as he has games with a double-digit Total QBR.
Geno Smith's Total QBR was 1.6 in Sunday's start and is 3.8 over his last 5 starts. He has made 5 straight starts with a Total QBR under 15.0. Only JaMarcus Russell has a longer streak since 2006.
Geno Smith was benched in the third quarter after another poor start. Smith finished 4-of-10 for 29 yards, an interception and a sack Sunday, including a 2-of-5 performance for 8 yards, an interception and sack against the Miami blitz. Smith's poor performance this season against at least five rushers is familiar to Jets fans.

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