DATE: Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Sun Life Stadium
TV: CBS (Marv Albert, play-by-play; Rich Gannon, analysis)
SERIES RECORD: New York leads 48-44-1 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 25-21-1
AT NEW YORK: Jets lead 27-19
LAST MEETING: 2011 season at Miami; Dolphins 19, Jets 17
SERIES TREND: The Dolphins have had their issues with the Jets through the years, but things have gone well in recent years. Thanks to a recent three-game winning streak in the series, the Dolphins have taken five of the last seven meetings. Seven of the last eight games between the teams was decided was eight points or less.
SERIES HIGHLIGHT: Almost exactly 10 years ago — Sept. 22, 2002, to be precise — the Dolphins played host to the Jets trying to end an eight-game losing streak in the series. The Dolphins not only snapped the streak that day, they routed to the Jets to the tune of 30-3 behind the running of Ricky Williams. Playing his third game in a Dolphins uniform, Williams rushed for 151 yards, his performance highlighted by a 53-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
JETS’ RECORD: 1-1
LAST GAME: Lost at Pittsburgh, 27-10
OVERVIEW: The Jets entered the regular season with lower expectations than they’ve carried in recent years, but then routed the Buffalo Bills by 20 points (48-28) in the opener. New York, however, looked nothing like a playoff contender in dropping a 17-point decision to the Steelers on Sunday. So the Jets remain a great unknown, a team with definite talent but also some clear question marks.
THE JETS’ STRENGTH ON OFFENSE: The addition of the tall and speedy Stephen Hill as a second-round pick has given the Jets the perfect complement to playmaker Santonio Holmes at wide receiver. Tight end Dustin Keller missed the Pittsburgh game because of an injury, but he’s also a good weapon in the passing game.
THE JETS’ QUESTION MARK ON OFFENSE: Quarterback Mark Sanchez has drawn a lot of criticism since the start of the 2011 season for his lack of his consistency, and he’s started off this year with a great performance against Buffalo and a forgettable one against Pittsburgh.
THE JETS’ STRENGTH ON DEFENSE: In Darrelle Revis, the Jets have the player generally recognized as the best cornerback in the league. He sat out the Pittsburgh game after sustaining a concussion in the opener, but the Jets still have plenty of talent at cornerack in the form of former first-round picks Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson. All three cornerbacks have an interception so far this season.
THE JETS’ QUESTION MARK ON DEFENSE: The one deficiency on the Jets defense hasn’t changed over the past few seasons, and that’s the lack of a consistent pass rush. New York has three sacks in two games so far, including two by linebacker Garrett McIntyre. This is not a team, however, that figures to put up big sack numbers this season.
THE JETS’ STRENGTH ON SPECIAL TEAMS: The Jets have tremendous returners in Joe McKnight (kickoffs) and Jeremy Kerley (punts). McKnight had a 107-yard return for a touchdown at Baltimore last season, while Kerley beat out the Dolphins’
THE JETS’ QUESTION MARK ON SPECIAL TEAMS: The Jets have a new punter this year in Robert Malone, and while his gross average is impressive (46.9), that hasn’t translated into a field position gain. Opposing punt returners are averaging a healthy 16.7 yards per returns so far this season.