The New York Jets likely blew their chances at making the playoffs last week when they were beaten by the New York Giants. They have one last chance to beat the NFL betting odds on Sunday when they take on the hated Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.
Head Coach Rex Ryan has some important decisions that are going to have to be made after this week is over, assuming that the team doesn’t get in the playoffs. New York needs a win and a slew of help to get back into that No. 6 hole, including losses by the Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans, and either the Oakland Raiders or Denver Broncos. However, even if the team truly has nothing to play for, QB Mark Sanchez definitely does. Sanchez has been the leader of this offense for the past three seasons, and it more or less feels like the Jets have won in spite of him and not because of him. With a ton of quarterbacks coming available this year via free agency or via the NFL Draft, this might be the last time that Sanchez ends up taking the reins as the New York starting signal caller. The former USC Trojan has only thrown for 3,267 yards and 24 TDs this year against 15 INTs, and he is leading an offense that is only good for 307.7 yards per game. Sure, some of the problems with the running game aren’t his fault, but Sanchez really needs to do a heck of a lot better to get this team back to a level of a Super Bowl contender.
This is the end of an era for the Dolphins, as they will be moving out of Sun Life Stadium when this one is said and done with and into a new stadium next year. The team will have a new head coach and likely a new starting quarterback as well, as no one figures to see QB Chad Henne, QB Matt Moore, or QB JP Losman back in 2012. That being said, the Fins really made some big time strides this season down the stretch, as winning six games would be a real triumph for a team that was once 0-7 and without much of a hope at winning all that much this year. RB Reggie Bush has turned out to be the stud that Miami was hoping for, and he is likely going to be the face of the franchise going forward. Bush has rushed for at least 100 yards in four straight games. he now has 1,086 yards and six scores on the ground and another 296 yards and a TD as a receiver, and he is sure to be the man that New York has to stop to win this game.
New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins Trends: The Jets have covered seven of their last eight games here in South Beach, but that doesn’t mean that they are in good shape in this one. The Dolphins are 8-1 ATS in their last nine overall, and they are a significantly different team than the one that lost 24-6 at MetLife Stadium earlier this season.
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