NEW YORK JETS (7-8) at MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-7)
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Sun Life Stadium
TV ANNOUNCERS: Greg Gumbel, play-by-play; Dan Dierdorf, analysis DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: Clear Channel, WBGG (105.9 FM) and WINZ (940 AM) and a network of affiliates throughout Florida; WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Keith Sims; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker, Joaquin Duro
SERIES RECORD: New York leads 49-46-1 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 25-22-1
At NEW YORK: Jets lead 27-21
LAST MEETING: 2013 at New York; Dolphins 23, Jets 3
HISTORY LESSON: This will mark the 11th time that the Dolphins have closed out their regular season against the Jets. The teams split the first 10 such meetings, but the Dolphins have had the upper hand of late. The Dolphins have won the last four season finales between the teams, with victories in 1996, 2003, 2008 and 2011. The victory in 2008, of course, clinched the AFC East title for the Dolphins.
SERIES TREND: The Dolphins will be trying to reverse the recent trend, which has seen the road team take six of the past eight meetings, including Miami’s victory at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 1. The Dolphins have won six of their last nine games against the Jets and will be going for their second season sweep in five years. Miami beat the Jets twice in 2009, 31-27 in Miami and 30-25 in New York. Miami’s last two victories against the Jets were by 21 and 20 points.
JETS’ RECORD: 7-8
LAST GAME: Won vs. Cleveland, 24-13
OVERVIEW: This has been an interesting for the Jets, who did nothing but alternate between victories and losses in their first 10 games before hitting a bad stretch. That stretch hit a low point when the Dolphins visited MetLife Stadium on the first Sunday of December, but the Jets have been able to rebound with victories in two of their past three games. Now, they find themselves with the chance to finish with a .500 record, which would be a fairly impressive accomplishment given the struggles of rookie quarterback Geno Smith and the low expectations placed on the team before the season started.
KEY NEW FACES: DL Sheldon Richardson (draft-1st round), CB Dee Milliner (draft-1st), QB Geno Smith (draft-2nd), G Willie Colon (Pittsburgh), QB David Garrard, T Ben Ijalana (Indianapolis), RB Chris Ivory (New Orleans), S Dawan Landry (Jacksonville), S Ed Reed (Houston), LB Jermaine Cunningham (New England), RB/KR Darius Reynaud (Tennessee)
KEY VETERANS GONE: CB Darrelle Revis, WR Braylon Edwards, TE