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Countdown To Kickoff: Jets-Dolphins

Posted Oct 21, 2017

Breaking down the Dolphins-Jets matchup.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-2) vs. NEW YORK JETS (3-3)

GAME FACTS

DATE: Sunday, Oct. 22
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Hard Rock Stadium; Miami Gardens, Fla.
TV: FOX
TV ANNOUNCERS:(Dan Hellie, play-by-play; Chris Spielman, color analyst; Peter Schrager, sideline)
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: KISS (99.9 FM); WQAM (560 AM); WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker Jr., Eduardo Martell

THE SERIES

SERIES RECORD: New York leads 54-49-1 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 26-24-1
AT NEW YORK: Jets lead 29-23
AT LONDON, ENGLAND: Jets lead 1-0
LAST MEETING: 2017 at New York; Jets 20, Dolphins 6
SERIES TREND: The teams have split their last 10 meetings, but what stands out here is that recent games haven’t been that close. Only one of the past five games was decided by less than 13 points — the Dolphins’ 27-23 victory at Hard Rock Stadium last November.

HISTORY LESSON: The Dolphins’ victory in Miami last season was part of the six-game winning streak that helped them land a playoff spot. It also was part of the team’s current 11-game winning streak in games decided by seven points or less. Kenyan Drake was the hero on that day as he returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown immediately after the Jets had taken a 23-20 lead with under six minutes left.

SCOUTING REPORT

NEW YORK’S RECORD: 3-3
LAST GAME: Lost 24-17 vs. New England

OVERVIEW: The outlook on the Jets is quite different than what it was before the Dolphins traveled to MetLife Stadium on Sept. 24. Back then, the Jets were being seen as one of the worst teams in the NFL. Now, they’re a scrappy bunch with three victories in four games with the one loss being a seven-point decision against the reigning Super Bowl champions in a game that featured a controversial replay reversal that went against them. The Jets’ turnaround began with that game against the Dolphins and has been fueled by a defense that doesn’t stand out in any particular statistical category, except perhaps for interceptions. The Jets have seven picks in 2017, including two by safety Terrence Brooks in that Dolphins-Jets game in September. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown has an impressive 70.1 completion percentage, and the Jets have good depth at running back with Bilal Powell, Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire.

KEY NEW FACES: S Jamal Adams (draft-1st round), S Marcus Maye (draft-2nd), QB Josh McCown (Cleveland), WR Jeremy Kerley (San Francisco), OL Kelvin Beachum (Jacksonville), CB Morris Claiborne (Dallas), WR Jermaine Kearse (Seattle), LB Demario Davis (Cleveland), K Chandler Catanzaro (Arizona) KEY VETERANS GONE: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Brandon Marshall, WR Quincy Enunwa (IR), TE Brandon Bostick, K Nick Folk, LB David Harris, DL Sheldon Richardson, S Calvin Pryor, S Marcus Gilchrist, CB Darrelle Revis, C Nick Mangold, CB Marcus Williams

FINAL INJURY REPORT

Miami Dolphins
Doubtful — WR DeVante Parker (ankle)
Questionable — DE Andre Branch (knee), CB Xavien Howard (ankle), CB Byron Maxwell (foot), C Mike Pouncey (concussion/hip)

New York Jets
Out — TE Jordan Leggett (knee)
Questionable — DL Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder)

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