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New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, Week 15 preview: The fiercest rivalry

Zach Wilson, Tua Tagovailoa
Zach Wilson, Tua Tagovailoa, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Jet X Graphic, Getty Images

The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are set to meet for the 113th time on Sunday.

The New York Jets‘ greatest rivals are the Miami Dolphins; there’s no question about it.

Many younger fans believe the New England Patriots represent Gotham Green’s greatest rivals, but it’s simply not true. While Tom Brady and Bill Belichick certainly ramped up the heat over the last two decades, Miami still tops the list.

From the Mud Bowl, where A.J. Duhe shocked an entire fanbase, to the Fake Spike game, the 1991 playoff-clinching field goal to the Ken O’Brien-Dan Marino shootout, the Jets and Fins have provided significant AFC East substance for the last six decades.

This Sunday in Week 15 NFL action, the Jets and Dolphins meet for the 113th time.

Jets vs. Dolphins game info

  • New York Jets (3-10)
  • Miami Dolphins (6-7)
  • NFL, Week 15, Dec. 12, 2021, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
  • Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, 2021, Week 15 Preview
New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, 2021, Week 15 Preview, Jet X Graphic, Getty Images

This one will be broadcast on CBS at 1 p.m. ET from Miami Gardens, FL. The Jets are looking to end a two-game slide, whereas the Dolphins seek a six-straight victory en route to keeping their NFL playoff hopes alive.

Jets vs. Dolphins history

  • The Dolphins lead the all-time series, 56-55-1

Miami’s victory at MetLife Stadium a few weeks ago broke the tie. Now, up 56-55-1, the Dolphins are set on making sure the Jets don’t return the favor in Miami.

Miami has won seven of the last eight and nine of the last 10 against New York.

Jets vs. Dolphins odds (FanDuel Sportsbook)

  • Spread: Jets +9 (-110), Dolphins -9 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Jets +320, Dolphins -420
  • Over/Under: 41 (O: -110, U: -110)

Nine points for the road team comes out to an estimated six points in theory, and the Jets could use every one of those points.

Jets vs. Dolphins injury report

New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, 2021, Week 15 Injury Report
New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, 2021, Week 15 Injury Report, New York Jets Communications

New York Jets

  • George Fant (Knee): Doubtful
  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Ankle): Questionable
  • Dan Feeney (Back): Questionable
  • Sheldon Rankins (Knee): Questionable

George Fant’s expected absence will be a crusher for the Jets offense. The veteran is garnering Pro Bowl respect for his efforts this season, but his absence means Morgan Moses and Conor McDermott will hold down the offensive line anchors.

Of course, Elijah Moore is still on the shelf (IR), but New York gets one rookie back this weekend as running back Michael Carter is set to make his return.

Miami Dolphins

  • Clayton Fejedelem (Ankle): Questionable
  • Austin Jackson (Illness): Questionable
  • Adam Shaheen (Knee): Questionable

Although the Fins injury report looks pretty clean, they’ll be without a huge piece against this Jets defense. Rookie Jaylen Waddle has already been declared out after having been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week.

Running back is another concern for Brian Flores’s team, as Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and Phillip Lindsay are all in doubt as well. Duke Johnson was the team’s only active running back as of this past Thursday.

Jets’ keys to victory

Be quick with it

It’s no secret that Flores blitzes as much as any defensive mind in the NFL, and it’s why Robert Saleh and Mike LaFleur tabbed Joe Flacco the starting quarterback over Mike White in the season’s first meeting between the two teams.

Young Zach Wilson will have to get the ball out quickly in this one and trust his receivers to win the one-on-one matchups against the Fins’ harassing man-to-man coverage.

Dare Tua to beat you over the top

Without Jaylen Waddle, Tua Tagovailoa has fewer options. And without Waddle, Jeff Ulbrich should do everything in his power to dare the Dolphins young quarterback to beat him over the top—especially early in the game.

While the Jets run defense is horrid, Miami’s backfield is banged up. Blitzing aggressively won’t be required, but it’s not much more of an option—as long as Bryce Hall and company play it right on the outside (understanding there won’t be much over-the-top help).

Jets vs. Dolphins prediction

  • Miami Dolphins 27, New York Jets 17

Perhaps Zach Wilson and the New York Jets offense can take a step forward, but in the end, this one will be a Miami Dolphins victory.

Expect another ugly one.

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