Dolphins vs. Jets: Why Loser of This Game Will Finish Last in the AFC East

Justine BrownCorrespondent IIOctober 18, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:   Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets battles for the ball against  Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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As if being 0-5 isn't enough reason to think the Dolphins will finish last in the AFC East, their loss to the Jets on Monday Night Football only further solidified things.  

For starters, take a look at the AFC East: The New England Patriots are 5-1 and the Dolphins already lost to them 38-24 in Week 1, the Buffalo Bills are 4-2 and although the Dolphins have not played them yet, the Bills are the team that handed the Patriots their only loss, and lastly the New York Jets, who are 3-3 and gave the Dolphins a 24-6 whooping on Monday Night.

The Dolphins and Jets, record wise, are the two worst teams in the AFC East, so both teams were in desperation mode for their matchup game with the Jets coming out victorious. If the Dolphins can't beat New York or New England then a win against the Bills is not going to be much easier.

Things went from bad to worse for the Dolphins in Week 4 when starting quarterback Chad Henne separated his left shoulder, which resulted in season ending surgery.  Henne's replacement at quarterback, fifth-year player Matt Moore, was far from impressive in his starting debut against the Jets, throwing two interceptions and zero touchdowns.

However, the quarterback position is only one of the Dolphins many problems.  Their out-of-season running back acquisition of Reggie Bush from the Saints has not exactly panned out either.  Bush has just 190 rushing yards on the season and zero rushing touchdowns.  Furthermore, star receiver Brandon Marshall has just one receiving touchdown on the year and numerous dropped balls including a few key ones against the Jets, at least one of which would have resulted in a touchdown. 

With the trade deadline approaching quickly we could see the Dolphins go on the hunt for a quarterback to help salvage the season, but with the season quickly becoming more and more uncontrollable, Miami may just continue their successful campaign to finish last in the AFC East and vie for the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft and quarterback Andrew Luck.