Game Preview: Miami at N.Y. Jets

The Dolphins will try Sunday when they face the Jets to rebound from the disappointing loss to New Orleans, but more importantly to keep their playoff hopes realistic. Here's a breakdown of Sunday's matchup at the Meadowlands.

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

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

SITE: Giants Stadium

SURFACE: FieldTurf

TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)

SERIES: 88th regular-season meeting. Jets lead series 46-40-1, including a 31-27 loss to the Dolphins on Monday Night Football on Oct. 12. Teams split the series in 2008, with each winning on the road. Prior to last year's 24-17 win at the Meadowlands, the Dolphins hadn't beaten the Jets there since a 24-20 win on Dec. 24, 2005.

PREDICTION: Jets, 23-21

KEYS TO THE GAME: Whose rookies will hold up the best? The Jets are asking third-round RB Shonn Greene to team with Thomas Jones for a solid 1-2 punch now that Leon Washington is out for the season. New York wants to protect first-round QB Mark Sanchez, but it has to be tempting to get WR Braylon Edwards involved with the Dolphins starting a pair of rookies outside in CBs Vontae Davis (first) and Sean Smith (second). Breaking tendencies will also be important with these division rivals having met just three weeks ago. Miami ran the Wildcat 16 times in that 31-27 win, and the Dolphins' 170.3 rushing yards per game ranks second only behind the Jets' 184.9.

FAST FACTS: The Jets are the first team with 300-plus rushing yards in consecutive games since Buffalo in 1975. ... Miami is 6-1 in its past seven games against AFC East rivals.



-- MLB Channing Crowder missed practice for the third straight day Friday with a shoulder injury. Crowder did work on the side on Thursday. If Crowder can't play Sunday, look for the combination of Reggie Torbor and OLB Charlie Anderson to fill in. Anderson has been practicing a lot on the inside this week.

-- NT Jason Ferguson (foot) practiced on a limited basis. Expect backup Paul Soliai to see more action than usual this week.

-- OLB Matt Roth, still on the reserve/non-football injury list, practiced for the second straight day Thursday, although on a limited basis with his balky ankle.

-- WR Brian Hartline is expected to receive more playing time Sunday in lieu of Ted Ginn Jr.'s ongoing slump.

-- CB Vontae Davis is expected to start in place of injured CB Will Allen, with CB Nate Jones also in the mix.

-- WR Ted Ginn Jr., a victim of media and fan criticism, was defended by offensive coordinator Dan Henning.

"Ted Ginn made less mistakes in that game than at least nine other players on offense. ... He's the only player that we've had since we've been here that's gotten behind anybody's defense and been able to knock the top off a defense," Henning said. "Ted had a game he's not happy with, and we're not happy with. But just like my children, I'm not always happy with my children, but I love my children. I'm going to support my children," Henning said of Ginn's struggles.


-- LB Bart Scott said of Miami QB Chad Henne, "I hope to get him out of there" and added, "you don't have to do something dirty to get somebody out of there." The Jets didn't sack Henne in the first meeting.

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