Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets: A New Year's Showdown

Mark LoiselleContributor IIJanuary 1, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins will try to ruin the New York Jets' celebration on making the playoffs.  New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan's comments last February might have been blown out of proportion about making the Super Bowl (they might not even make the playoffs).

There is a lot on the line for the New York Jets in making the playoffs, more than you would think. If the Jets win, quarterback Mark Sanchez will look like the "unsung hero" of New York. If they lose, the Jets could be looking elsewhere for a more sufficient quarterback.

What about the coach? Ah, yes, Rex Ryan. It is funny how he can talk the talk, but can't walk the walk.

He could possibly be on his way out since his words speak louder than his actions in every season. The Jets are on the verge of making or breaking. It seems to be that this victory is more important to keep their franchise alive.

Miami has been in the rebuilding process this season with a possible new coach and new quarterback in the near future. This game has a presence for the team to finish strong after another tough year. If the Dolphins are successful coming out of this game, it will bring a little light on the dreadful 2011-12 season.

Key Matchups

New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins: These two rivals have a record of 47-43-1 in advantage of the Jets. This game means much more than just a victory; it means bragging rights. The second team in line for the AFC East could be the Miami Dolphins or the New York Jets and this game could help this cause.

Miami Dolphins' linebacker Jason Taylor
Miami Dolphins' linebacker Jason Taylor

Jets Run Offense vs. Dolphins Run Defense: LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene have a total of 1,223 rushing yards on the season, which is considered mediocre in the NFL. With an explosive back in Greene and a complementary back in L.T. these two can run through any force but can also be ran over at any time.

The Miami Dolphins defense has been one of the rare strengths in their season. Defensive end Cameron Wake and outside linebacker Karlos Dansby have been the dominant pieces in their defense, which is ranked 14th in NFL defenses.This game will meet its expectations and be a battle for the new year.

So who will win this game? Who has the edge?

Prediction: MIA 34, NY Jets 20

The Miami Dolphins are going to send the Jets flying back to New York and put Ryan in his place.  And to top it off, the 15th-year veteran linebacker Jason Taylor will leave the NFL with a happy and satisfied ending.