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NFL Preview: Miami Dolphins Look to Upset New York Jets In The Meadowlands

MIAMI - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins scrambles against the Cleveland Browns at Sun Life Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Danny DolphinAnalyst IDecember 10, 2010

 

 

Kickoff: 4:15 p.m. EST Sunday, December 12, 2010

Where: New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

TV/Radio: CBS, 940 WINZ

Records: Miami 6-6, New York 9-3

Line: New York by five

Notes

  • Miami will be without starting right tackle Vernon Carey and receiver Brian Hartline. Lydon Murtha should start in Carey’s place. Brandon Marshall also is expected to start.
  • Jets tackle Damien Woody is listed as questionable with a sprained right MCL, but is expected to play. I smell a Cam Wake feast.

When Miami has the ball…

Chad Henne had one of his best games of the season against the Jets back in week three. Everyone knows the defense is going to take away the run and make Henne beat them. Can he? He better start looking off his receivers if he wants to avoid those tips at the line resulting in interceptions.

The Jets are third in rush defense, and without Carey, it’s going to be very difficult to run off the right side.

It will be up to offensive coordinator Dan Henning to efficiently attack New York’s defense. He has to get his play-makers (Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess) the ball where they can gain chunk yardage. Both of the wide outs excel off crossing patterns in space.

I don’t care if Darrelle Revis is considered the league’s best corner. Make him prove it and use your thoroughbred in Marshall over the middle.

When New York has the ball…

Miami’s defense has been phenomenal in many areas this season. They rank fourth against the pass, ninth against the run, and 10th in points allowed. Where they could use improvement is in the play-making category.

It seems like every game a Miami defender has a chance to make a game-changing play only to come up short. Against a good football team like the Jets, the defense is going to have to make some big plays and it all starts with Wake.

Wake has proven he can beat any tackle in football one-on-one. If he gets doubled, as he should, Miami should blitz the opposite edge where the Jets will be vulnerable.

Mark Sanchez has struggled lately, throwing four interceptions over his last two games. The Miami defense needs to force this young quarterback into mistakes. The game will depend on it.

Prediction

This is not a game of elite quarterbacks. It may very well come down to which quarterback screws up less. If the Miami defense can make a couple of monster plays this team can pull out the upset on the road in a chilly, tough environment.

New York 20, Miami 17

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