New England destroyed the Jets on Monday night and have the inside track to the AFC East title. The loss leaves New York reeling, but the team still sits in great position to make the playoffs as a Wild Card contestant: They are currently 9-3, and likely need just one more win to secure a playoff bid.
For the Dolphins, a win over the Jets in New York would provide legitimacy and could help lengthen Tony Sparano's career as head coach. The team stands at 6-6 and would have to win out to have any hope of a playoff berth, but realistically, this game is one of only two more opportunities to get a big win and feel good about the season as a whole entity.
The Jets offense remains a smooth operation, despite their bumbling performance against the Pats. Quarterback Mark Sanchez is still finding his way as a leader, and has turned the ball over five times in the last three games. Therefore, the Jets should turn to the ground game to carry them Sunday, Miami's run defense is anchored by Karlos Dansby, who will have to be at his best Sunday to slow down LaDainian Tomlinson.
The Jets have the defense on the edge to shut down the Dolphins' receivers and the inside muscle to slow down Ronnie Brown in the running game. Therefore, the Dolphins' key offensive contributor may be tight end Anthony Fasano. Fasano is a great young player, and there will be room over the middle for him to make some plays.
Prediction: 31-27 Jets