Game Preview: Miami at N.Y. Jets

The Dolphins return to action Monday night following their bye and it's very obvious just how badly they need a victory. They will be going up against a New York Jets team that's returning home after losing three consecutive games on the road. That means something is going to have to give. We get you ready for the game with this complete breakdown.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (0-4) at New York Jets (2-3)

KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET

SITE: New Meadowlands Stadium

SURFACE: FieldTurf

TV: ESPN, Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber


KEYS TO THE GAME: Turnovers are likely to be critical. The Jets, averaging two giveaways per game, can't cough up the ball to breathe life into a flat-lining Dolphins team with just two takeaways this season. QB Matt Moore starts for Miami with Chad Henne (shoulder) done for 2011 and the Dolphins are desperate for a spark, especially in the red zone, with just six touchdowns in four games. Moore will need a running game for protection against the Jets' myriad blitz packages. If RB Daniel Thomas (hamstring) isn't a threat, the Jets can cut their front seven loose. The Jets can attack a Miami secondary waylaid by big plays since Week 1, and rookie Jeremy Kerley gets an opportunity to step up as the new No. 3 wideout.

FAST FACTS: The Dolphins have scores just three touchdowns in 10 red zone possessions since the opener. ... Six straight games in the series have been decided by eight points or less.



-- WR Brandon Marshall said on Thursday that he hasn't been playing with the proper level of passion and emotion. He said he needed to raise his intensity level and joked that he would act out on Monday night and be thrown out of the game in the second quarter.

-- DT Tony McDaniel, who returned to practice this week after missing four weeks with a hand injury he suffered in the season opener, could play against the Jets. For the remainder of the season, McDaniel will likely wear a protective cast over his injured hand.

-- CB Vontae Davis is close to making his return and could play on Monday night. Davis has been battling a hamstring injury that kept him out of the Dolphins' past two games.

-- CB Nolan Carroll, who filled in for Vontae Davis in the starting lineup, continues to be limited by a hamstring injury. His status for Monday night is uncertain.

-- LB Jason Taylor can offer the Dolphins some insights on how the Jets approach the game from a philosophical standpoint, Coach Tony Sparano said. Taylor spent the 2010 season with the Jets.


-- C Nick Mangold missed practice time this week, but is expected to start Monday against Miami. Mangold still is recovering from a high ankle sprain that forced him to miss two straight games, and the Jets likely will limit his practice time until the ankle heals more. Coach Rex Ryan expects him to return to practice Friday on a limited basis.

-- WR Jeremy Kerley should be a good third option for QB Mark Sanchez. It's likely that he won't be demanding the ball as much as veteran Derrick Mason apparently was. Mason was traded to Houston on Tuesday night.

-- CB Antonio Cromartie is looking forward to covering Miami WR Brandon Marshall again. The two had numerous battles when they played for San Diego and Denver, respectively, earlier in their careers.

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