The two teams in the gutter of the AFC East try to take a step in the right direction on Monday Night Football betting action this week, as the Miami Dolphins face off with the New York Jets in the second game of the weekend at MetLife Stadium.
We can’t help but wonder if Head Coach Tony Sparano spent Miami’s bye week filling out his resume for his next job in football. It’s a wonder why he wasn’t just dismissed during the team’s bye week to give someone else a chance to try to turn the tide of this team, as we know, barring winning something like 10 of the team’s last 12 games, that Sparano is going to keep his job. He has lost QB Chad Henne for the season, and things are so bad in Miami that the Dolphins basically had to plead for another quarterback to come on the roster. QB Matt Moore will be the starter against the Jets, but instead of someone like David Garrard or Patrick Ramsey, Miami turned to QB Sage Rosenfels as the backup. The good news is that RB Daniel Thomas should be back in the fold this week, but this isn’t the defense that you want to make your second big time appearance in when you’re a rookie.
It’s gut check time for the Jets. They’re already 2-3 on the year, they’re likely playing in the superior conference, and they still have home dates left with San Diego, New England and New York, and road games with Buffalo, Washington, and Philly of note. Losing this one would probably essentially signal the end of the season for a team that really had high hope at the outset of the year. This defense has allowed a whopping 98 points over the course of its last three games (though we know that 21 of those points came thanks to the offense turning the ball over a ton against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football two weeks ago). Offensively, the Jets are a train wreck, averaging just 76.2 yards per game on the ground (second to worst in the league) and a total of 297.4 yards per game (No. 28). It’s a wonder how this team has even scored 24.2 points per game. An average of 3.5 points per game has come via defense and special teams.
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets Pick: We really tend to think that the Jets are going to struggle in this game again. Sure, they’ll find a way to come away with a victory, because there might not be a worse team in the league than the Dolphins, but it probably won’t be by much more than a touchdown.
NFL Pick: Miami Dolphins +9.5 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
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