Florham Park, N.J. - There is something about Miami that heats up and brings out the best of New Yorkers. Maybe it's the weather. Maybe it's the nightlife. Either way, the New York Jets will be making their annual trip south to the Sunshine State for an important divisional game against the Miami Dolphins and recent history shows it could be a fun afternoon for the green and white.
Since 2000, the Jets own a 10-5 record on the road against the Dolphins. In those games, New York has averaged over 22 points per game while allowing less than 17 points on defense. While not all the games were pretty, the Jets have given their vacationing fans plenty to cheer about including a 24-0 shutout in 2001, a 40-13 rout in 2007, a 23-20 overtime thriller in 2012 and a 37-24 offensive shootout in 2014.
Sunday marks the 51st time in franchise history the Jets will be playing in Miami. With the record in Florida at 24-25-1 (excluding last year's 27-14 victory at Wembley Stadium in London), New York has their eyes set on a victory that would tie the all-time series on the road. Helping that record is a current three-game winning streak and a stretch of nine games that have finished with seven Jets victories.
Hard Rock Stadium, formerly known as Sun Life Stadium, formerly known as Land Shark Stadium and Dolphin, Dolphins, Pro Player and Joe Robbie Stadium is no stranger to New Yorkers. Each time the Jets visit, fans clad in green and white pack the seats and create an away-field advantage. The players love it as do the coaches. It certainly helps having a home away from home in South Beach.
The last time the Jets were in Miami, fans saw a near perfect performance from quarterback Geno Smith. Behind a perfect QB rating, Smith shredded the Dolphins' secondary throwing for 358 yards and three touchdowns. The year before that, New York's defense picked off Ryan Tannehill three times. For some reason, the Jets heat up in Florida. With the temperature expected in the low 80s, that can benefit players like wide receiver Brandon Marshall - who will be making his first trip to Miami since he was a Dolphin during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In those two seasons, Marshall totaled 167 catches for 2,228 yards and nine touchdowns.
"I'm excited to play [in Miami]," said Marshall. "It means a lot to play there because I learned a lot. I worked hard after that experience and realized that touchdowns matter and that I need to produce in the red zone."
Marshall still lives in Miami. He is in the city every offseason doing workouts and training with other players as well. There is a comfort level in South Beach for Marshall and part of it stemmed from the Dolphins' media lighting his fire when he did not perform up to their standards.
"The media killed me over there," Marshall said when asked what he learned from his tenure with the Dolphins. "There was a lot of stress but I let it fuel me. I was disappointed how things ended there."
The wideout told the media not to expect over 200 yards receiving because Miami's secondary plays tight coverage but he is looking forward to matching up against the Dolphins' cornerback Byron Maxwell. The Dolphins are ranked 20th in the league in yards allowed and have given up 22 points per game.
The Jets can expect a large support system surrounding the team once they land - that's almost a guarantee as another rivalry game waits. They need to keep the positive vibes flowing for a third consecutive win this year and fourth straight in South Beach.
Joe Barone is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)null