Matchup: Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Date/Time: December 1st, 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Jets -2
The winner of the duel in the AFC East between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins will be right on the verge of claiming the last Wild Card slot in the conference. They’ll meet in a great NFL betting duel on Sunday.
Miami is in a world of hurt right now. The team has just two wins since September 22nd, and those wins both came at home in close calls against the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals. QB Ryan Tannehill and this offense haven’t put up more than 27 points yet this season in a game, and that includes eight straight games scoring 23 or fewer, only one of which the team put up more than 20 in regulation time. RB Lamar Miller is going to be left to carry the load for the rushing game, and that’s horrid news, knowing that RB Daniel Thomas is out for the season. Thomas was the more effective of the two backs over the course of the last several weeks, and Miller will now be joined by fifth round draft pick RB Mike Gillislee and special teams player RB Marcus Thigpen to try to move the ball against one of the best front sevens in the entire league. It’s not a pretty situation to be in, but we have to remember that somehow, Head Coach Joe Philbin has gotten this team to 5-6 through 11 games.
And then there are the Jets, who somehow are also 5-6 and on the verge of the last playoff spot in the AFC. Head Coach Rex Ryan should be on his way out of the Big Apple at the end of the season barring a miracle, but we have seen him pull off great things with this defense this year to help mask a horrid offense. No one has more than three touchdowns on this offense this year, and QB Geno Smith has just one touchdown pass in his last six games. In his last two games, he has quarterback ratings of 22.3 and 10.1 thanks to having five INTs and no TDs in that stretch. He also hasn’t thrown for more than 159 yards in four straight games, and in three straight outings, he has completed less than 43 percent of his pass attempts. The Jets have just one offensive touchdown in their last 31 possessions, and the end result has been bad losses to the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills.
It seems easy to just take the ‘under’ in this game, but it’s really tough to argue with. The Dolphins are going to essentially become one-dimensional, something that the Jets can take advantage of defensively, while the Jets are clearly going to have issues doing anything offensively for the rest of the year. We like the ‘under’, even though it is one of the lowest numbers we have seen all season long.
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets Pick: Under 39.5
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