Last week the Miami Dolphins pulled off a last second win 26 -23 over the Arizona Cardinals. This week they head into New York to take on the Jets this Saturday at 7:25 CT. The Dolphins will be without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill in this game as he recovers from a acl/mcl sprain.
Despite a major blow to the offense I think the Dolphins still manage to get the win in a closely contested division game 13 – 7. A win here gives the Dolphins a 9 – 5 record and guarantees a winning season and improves their playoff chances greatly. A loss here gives the Dolphins an 8 -6 record and all but demands that the Dolphins win out to have a shot at the playoffs this year.
As for injuries, the Dolphins are slightly healthier heading into their match-up with the Jets improving from 14 players on the injury report last week to 9 this week. On offense, offensive tackle Branden Albert (wrist) full practice, center/guard Anthony Steen (foot) full practice, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee) did not practice round out the offensive injuries. On defense Isa Abdul-Quddus (neck) full practice, linebacker Kiko Alonso (hamstring/hand) limited practice, linebacker Jelani Jenkins (knee/hand) limited practice, cornerback Bobby McCain (hand) full practice, linebacker Spencer Paysinger (thigh) full practice, and defensive end Mario Williams (ankle) limited practice round out the injury report.
As for special teams, it was Kenyan Drake returning both kicks so it appears the Dolphins have decided to move on from Jakeem Grant for now after several weeks of fumbled returns from him. Grant should still get reps, but keep an eye on his presence during tight in-game moments.
As for punting, now that Jarvis Landry is healed from a shoulder injury that had been bothering him over the past weeks, it looks like the Dolphins are back to using him as their punt returner.
Andrew Franks must be clutch this week as the Dolphins are likely going to have a difficult time scoring touchdowns under longtime backup quarterback Matt Moore. Franks did show that he can perform under pressure with the game winner last week regardless of how close the attempt was.
This Saturday the Jets look to play spoiler to the Dolphins who are looking to lock up a playoff birth over the next two weeks before heading back home for the season finale against the New England Patriots in what could be a win or go home game for the Dolphins.
With just three weeks left in the season the Dolphins must win both this game against the Jets and next week’s game against the Bills in Buffalo if they want to have to have a chance to clinch a playoff birth. Dolphins fans have no idea what to expect out of backup Matt Moore as he tries to fill in the shoes of starter Ryan Tannehill, if you thought last week was a test for head coach Adam Gase then this must be a semester exam as the Dolphins do everything they can to make the playoffs and continue their underdog persona they’ve built up since the beginning of this year.