5 Bold Predictions for the New York Jets' Week 17 Matchup

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IDecember 26, 2013

5 Bold Predictions for the New York Jets' Week 17 Matchup

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    The New York Jets head down to South Beach this Sunday in hopes to finish the season on a positive note and end one of their archrival's playoff hopes. 

    New York will be playing for both pride and the future against the Miami Dolphins, as the contest could decide whether Rex Ryan and Geno Smith have extended futures in Gotham. 

    Here are five bold predictions for the divisional contest this Sunday. 

The 'Sons of Anarchy' and Calvin Pace Combine for 5 Sacks

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    From a matchup standpoint, the Jets' pass rush should feast on the Dolphins pass protection on Sunday afternoon. 

    Miami possesses far and away the weakest offensive line in football. The Dolphins' front has allowed a staggering 58 sacks through 15 games, an NFL-worst. In fact, Miami has given up 11 more sacks than any other team in the league. 

    New York's defensive front, on the other hand, is the strongest positional unit on the Jets' roster.

    Gang Green is currently tied for fifth in the AFC with 41 sacks. Twenty-five of those sacks come from the "Sons of Anarchy" and Calvin Pace.

    Pace and Muhammad Wilkerson have both reached double-digit sacks, and Damon Harrison and Sheldon Richardson are ferocious interior pass-rushers.

    The Jets may of recorded just one sack last time they played Miami, but all signs point to New York's defensive front having a field day this coming weekend.  

New York Holds Miami to Under 60 Rushing Yards

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    New York's run defense has been the team's strength all season, but the unit has shown signs of fatigue over the past few weeks. 

    However, it should end the season on a positive note, as the Dolphins rushing attack is nothing to write home about. 

    Miami is just 26th in the NFL with 89.9 rushing yards per game. Their top two running backs, Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas, have combined for just 1,042 yards on 267 carries, which is good for only 3.9 yards per carry. 

    Although Thomas didn't play when the Dolphins played the Jets earlier this season, Miller and the other two Miami runners combined for just 103 yards on 32 carries. 

    Without the Dolphins taking a big lead early and proceeding to run down the clock, Miami will come nowhere close to the century rushing mark on Sunday. 

Chris Ivory Rushes for over 125 Yards

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    Chris Ivory had another tremendous game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 16, rushing for 109 yards on 20 carries. 

    The performance marked the third time Ivory had exceeded 100 yards in 2013. 

    In Week 17, Ivory will finish off the year with four 100-yard rushing outputs. 

    Miami's run defense is weak, to say the least. The Dolphins rank a lowly 25th in the NFL with 122.9 rushing yards allowed per game. 

    When Ivory played the 'Phins earlier this season, the former Saint gutted the defensive front for 61 yards on just 12 carries. 

    With a full complement of over 20 carries on Sunday, Ivory will have no problem blowing past the 100-yard mark and putting up one of his finest performances as a Jet. 

Santonio Holmes Impresses in His Final Game in a Jets' Uniform

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    It's been another tough year for Santonio Holmes. The 29-year-old has recorded just 415 receiving yards, 20 catches and one touchdown on 55 targets in 10 games this season. 

    With his mega-contract no longer keeping the Jets' front office in a stranglehold this offseason, the former Super Bowl MVP will assuredly be cut this summer. 

    In his last game as a Jet, though, expect Holmes to put on a show in hopes of attracting interested teams once he hits free agency. 

    Holmes didn't catch a single pass against the Dolphins earlier this season, but the oft-injured wideout has the ability to explode against a middle-of-the-road Miami secondary. 

    Expect Holmes to catch at least four passes for over 60 yards and a touchdown in his final game as a New York Jet. 

New York Plays Spoiler, Finish 8-8

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    The Dolphins have had the Jets number in the Rex Ryan era, and they have often played spoiler and destroyed New York's playoff hopes late in the season. 

    On Sunday, the roles will be reversed and Gang Green will be the one looking to end Miami's season. 

    In maybe the last game with Ryan as head coach, expect New York to show up and put up one of its best performances of the season. 

    The Jets defense should have its way with an inconsistent Dolphins offense as long as the pass rush gets to Ryan Tannehill, and New York's rushing attack will enable Smith and Co. to control the pace of the game. 

    Gang Green will come out and pull off a major upset on Sunday, ending the season (and perhaps the Ryan era) on a positive note.