LAST CALL

The Dolphins close a very disappointing 2003 season Sunday when they play host to the New York Jets. A victory would give the Dolphins a very respectable 10-6 final record, but this was a team that came into the season with much loftier expectations.

The season, for all intents and purposes, ended last Sunday night when the Denver Broncos locked up the sixth AFC playoff spot with a victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Dolphins have talked all week about really wanting to win the Jets game so they can end the season on a positive note. It also would feel good to any Dolphins player to sweep the Jets for the first time since 1997.

The Jets also are eliminated from postseason contention, and they clinched their first losing season since 1996 when they lost to New England last Saturday night.

What follows is a preview of the Dolphins-Jets matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (9-6) vs. New York Jets (6-9)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.

TV: CBS (Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Randy Cross, analysis)

LINE: Dolphins by 4

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 26th in the NFL in total offense, 16th in rushing offense, 29th in passing offense, 8th in total defense, 5th in rushing defense, 20th in passing defense

Jets — 20th in the NFL in total offense, 23rd in rushing offense, 14th in passing offense, 19th in total defense, 30th in rushing defense, 7th in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Bills, Herman Edwards (3rd year with team)

SERIES RECORD: The Jets lead 38-37-1

LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2003 at New York, Dolphins 21, Jets 10; 2002 at New York, Jets 13, Dolphins 10; 2002 at Miami, Dolphins 30, Jets 3; 2001 at Miami, Jets 24, Dolphins 0; 2001 at New York, Jets 21, Dolphins 17

INJURIES: Dolphins — WR James McKnight (wrist) is out; FB Rob Konrad (concussion) and DT Tim Bowens (calf) are questionable; DT Larry Chester (shoulder), RB Ricky Williams (shoulder) and CB Jimmy Wyrick (hip) are probable.

Jets — G Dave Szott (knee) is questionable.


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