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New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, Week 15 preview: A glimmer of hope?

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, Week 15 Preview, 2023 NFL
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Traveling to play the Dolphins, the NY Jets can revitalize their season with a win on Sunday.

Despite a rocky season up to this point, the slightest glimmer of hope remains for the New York Jets.

Sitting at 5-8, a win on Sunday would keep the team’s small playoff chances alive. Furthermore, it would possibly allow the improbable return of Aaron Rodgers to become a reality.

Who is the team standing in the way of this for the Jets?

None other than New York’s bitter rival, the Miami Dolphins, who easily dispatched the Jets on Black Friday a few weeks ago.

It is a pivotal Week 15 matchup that has huge ramifications for both teams in a tight AFC playoff race.

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, Week 15 Preview, 2023 NFL
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Jets at Dolphins game info

  • New York Jets (5-8)
  • Miami Dolphins (9-4)
  • 2023 NFL Week 15
  • Sunday, Dec. 17, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
  • Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

After three straight home games in which the Jets went 1-2, the team now travels to Miami for a rematch with the Dolphins.

In their first matchup of the season, the Jets were blown out by a score of 34-13 on Black Friday.

Sunday’s matchup is slated for 1 p.m. ET at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The broadcast team for the game is Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, and Tracy Wolfson.

The Jets are set to wear their green jersey and white pants uniform combination.

Jets at Dolphins history

  • The Dolphins lead the all-time series, 59-56-1.

The Jets and Dolphins have a long history of playing against each other, and the all-time matchup history shows that the series has been mostly even.

Miami has a slight all-time lead over the Jets, having 59 wins to the Jets’ 56. There has also been one tie in the game’s history.

Over the past five matchups, the Jets have a 1-4 record. Their last victory against Miami was in Week 5 of the 2022 season, which came by a score of 40-17. Tua Tagovailoa did not play in that game.

Jets at Dolphins odds (FanDuel Sportsbook)

  • Spread: Jets +7.5 (-115), Dolphins -7.5 (-105)
  • Moneyline: Jets +275, Dolphins -345
  • Over/Under: 36 (O: -110, U: -110)

As of this article’s writing, the Jets are considerable underdogs to the Dolphins in terms of the spread and moneyline for the game.

Considering the projected weather for the game and the long-term struggles of the Jets’ offense, plus the outcome of the last game, the current projections make sense.

Jets at Dolphins injury report

New York Jets

  • Aaron Rodgers: Out
  • Jason Brownlee: Out
  • Carter Warren: Doubtful
  • Nick Bawden: Questionable
  • John Franklin-Myers: Questionable
  • Will McDonald: Questionable
  • Max Mitchell: Questionable
  • Joe Tippmann: Questionable

Rodgers is out once again, working his way back from the injury he suffered in Week 1. Wide receiver Jason Brownlee will be out a second straight game, dealing with his ankle injury.

On the offensive line, the Jets are, once again, dealing with injuries. Carter Warren is doubtful with his hip injury, while Joe Tippmann and Max Mitchell are dealing with neck and shoulder injuries, respectively.

Tippmann should be good for the game after practicing in full Friday, but the team could be down to Billy Turner at right tackle.

On defense, John Franklin-Myers looks ready to roll after logging a full practice Friday. Rookie pass-rusher Will McDonald was a non-participant on Friday, casting doubt on his status for Sunday.

Miami Dolphins

  • DeShon Elliott: Out
  • Robert Hunt: Out
  • Tyreek Hill: Questionable
  • Terron Armstead: Questionable
  • De’Von Achane: Questionable
  • Liam Eichenberg: Questionable
  • Jevon Holland: Questionable
  • Xaiven Howard: Questionable
  • Austin Jackson: Questionable
  • Andrew Van Ginkel: Questionable

The Dolphins are dealing with some key injuries on both sides of the football. On offense, Armstead, Jackson, Eichenberg, and Hill being limited or unable to play could allow the Jets to feast on defense.

If Miami is without Howard and Holland, there could be more room for the Zach Wilson-led offense to operate.

Jets at Dolphins prediction

  • New York Jets 17, Miami Dolphins 20

The Jets awoke from their offensive slumber last week, putting up 30 points and blowing the Houston Texans off the field. It was a great performance from Zach Wilson, Nathaniel Hackett, and the majority of the team’s offense.

There is a good opportunity for the Jets to steal this game considering Miami’s injury report and last few performances.

Still, I do not think the Jets ultimately come out on top in this one. They will need to find a way to put up points against the Dolphins and limit the explosive plays Miami is typically accustomed to getting.

This game will come down to the last possession, and it will be a tough game for both sides. For the final result, though, I have the Dolphins winning by a score of 20-17.

However, this result is predicated on Miami having Tyreek Hill in this game. If the Dolphins’ offense is without multiple pieces, I think the Jets walk into South Beach and upset the first-place team in the AFC East.

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Jonathan Richter
6 months ago

Bunch of typos. Within one paragraph you say the series record is 49-46-1 and then turn around and say it’s 59-56-1. Then you post the lines for the Texans instead of the Dolphins.