GAME DATE: 9/23/07
TV: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
SERIES: 84th meeting. Dolphins lead 43-39-1 in this series, including an 0-1 postseason mark. However, the Jets swept the series last season, and have won five of the last six meetings. The Dolphins have lost eight of their last nine at The Meadowlands, with their lone win during that stretch coming in a 21-10 victory on Sept. 14, 2003.
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Jets are allowing just 3.5 yards per carry, but rank 23rd in run defense because teams have been able to build leads and slowly chip away on the ground. The Dolphins' ground game has been disappointing with RBs Ronnie Brown and Jesse Chatman combining for just 107 yards, but QB Trent Green has compensated by working the underneath passing game to move the chains. ... Protection primary: The Jets have allowed nine sacks in two games, and now must protect QB Chad Pennington returning on a still-sore ankle. The offensive line will stand a much better chance of holding back DE Jason Taylor and friends if RB Thomas Jones is able to chip away on early downs. Expect backup Leon Washington to be more involved this week after getting no touches against the Ravens.
KEY INJURIES: Dolphins: CB Andre' Goodman (shoulder) could play for the first time this season. LB Zach Thomas (concussion) and S Donovin Darius (calf) will not play. Jets: Pennington (ankle); Jones (calf), WR Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder), and CB Andre Dyson (foot) are expected to play.
FAST FACTS: The Jets' next three opponents -- Miami, Buffalo and the Giants -- are all 0-2. ... Dolphins WR Chris Chambers has a career-best 15 catches through two games for 201 yards.