The Jets travel to Miami for a season finale that still has meaning. If the Jets win, and the Titans and Bengals and Raiders or Broncos lose, Rex Ryan's team goes to the playoffs for the third straight year.
Catching up with the Dolphins ...
1. A lot has happened to them since they visited MetLife Stadium Oct. 17. For starters, they have a new coach, Todd Bowles, who received the interim tag after replacing Tony Sparano. The Dolphins are 1-1 under Bowles, who almost certainly will be replaced after the season. A huge cloud of uncertainty is hanging over the Dolphins, who face a tumultuous offseason.
2. The Jets won the last meeting rather easily, 24-6, and the two rivals appeared headed in different directions. But it hasn't turned out that way. Since that game, which dropped them to 0-5 on the way to 0-7, the Dolphins are 5-5, averaging 23.5 points per game and allowing 16.8. Since then, the Jets are 5-4, with 23.9 for and 23.7, respectively.
3. The Dolphins could've saved a little face in their miserable season, but they blew a 17-0 lead in the fourth quarter to the Patriots last week and lost, 27-17, in Foxborough. Same 'Ol Dolphins.
4. The Dolphins have won three of their last four home games after a seven-game winning streak, but they've dropped four of their last five to the Jets in South Florida.
5. After a slow start, Reggie Bush has really picked it up. He has rushed for a career-high 1,086 yards and a 5.0 average. Bush hurt his right leg in last week's loss to the Patriots, but says he should be okay.
6. The Dolphins' passing game was absolutely inept in the first meeting, but QB Matt Moore (89.8 passer rating) and WR Brandon Marshall (77 catches, 1,177 yards) have developed a nice rapport. Marshall was unstoppable against the Patriots, racking up 156 yards on seven catches. The Marshall-Darrelle Revis matchup is sure to generate plenty of buzz. In the last meeting, Revis had a 100-yard interception return on a pass targeted for Marshall.
7. How Marshall has put up those numbers is remarkable, considering the Dolphins' utter lack of pass protection. They've allowed 51 sacks, one shy of the franchise record. It could get worse because franchise LT Jake Long suffered a torn biceps and, obviously, isn't going to be blocking anybody for several months.