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National Football League
N.Y. Jets at Miami
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 28, 2014
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Jets coach Rex Ryan is expected to be fired after Sunday's visit to division rival Miami. Despite the seemingly inevitable, Ryan's confidence seems unshaken."I can't look past Sunday," he told reporters at a practice during the week. "I think I'll win Sunday, that's how I think. But, eventually, when it is, I just see myself winning [a Super Bowl] as a head coach."

The drama has certainly diminished across the field. Even though the Dolphins were eliminated from the playoff chase last week (despite a thrilling victory over the Vikings), Miami coach Joe Philbin was given a vote of confidence by team owner Stephen Ross. Although last week's victory snapped a crushing two-game skid which knocked Miami out of the playoff hunt, a win Sunday would give the Dolphins their first winning season since 2008.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Dolphins -5.5. O/U: 41.5.

ABOUT THE JETS (3-12): Even a loss probably won't matter in the Jets' quest for a starting quarterback in next year's NFL draft. No matter the outcome Sunday, the best New York can do is earn the third pick in the draft and the top two spots appear to be locked up for QBs Marcus Mariota of Oregon and Florida State's Jameis Winston. Sunday's contest, thus, seems to be yet another audition for the embattled Geno Smith, who threw a NFL season low 13 passes in the team's first meeting of the season and whose team ranks last in the NFL in passing.

ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (8-7): Ryan Tannehill completed 25-of-35 passes for 235 yards as Miami rallied from a 10-0 deficit to defeat the Jets 16-13 earlier in the season. Last week Mike Wallace snared a pair of touchdown passes and Jarvis Landry hauled in four passes to set the franchise rookie receiving record with 79. catches And, with Lamar Miller just 79 rushing yards shy of 1,000, the offense is solid. But Miami needs to improve defensively after allowing an average of 31.1 points over its last five games.


1. Jets C Nick Mangold (ankle) is doubtful and WR Percy Harvin (ribs) is questionable for the season finale.

2. The road team has won the last five games in the series.

3. New York's three wins have come against teams with a combined 15-30 record.

PREDICTION: Dolphins 30, Jets 20.
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
N.Y. Jets 3-12 L1 16.4 25.1 2-6 1-5 1-3 2-9 0-1 0-5 3-8
Miami 8-7 W1 24.3 22.4 4-3 3-4 7-4 1-3 0-0 3-2 6-5
Last Meeting
N.Y. Jets Miami
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/1/14 MIA 16 NYJ 13 326 277 49 291 74 217
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
N.Y. Jets G. Smith 53.8 65 0 1
Miami R. Tannehill 71.4 235 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
N.Y. Jets C. Johnson 17 105 6.2 0
Miami L. Miller 13 56 4.3 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
N.Y. Jets Z. Sudfeld 1 20 20.0 0
Miami M. Wallace 6 69 11.5 0
Touchdowns Player TD
N.Y. Jets G. Salas 1
Miami L. Miller 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
N.Y. Jets G. Smith 58.2 2167 10 13
Miami R. Tannehill 67.0 3786 26 12
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
N.Y. Jets C. Ivory 185 791 4.3 6
Miami L. Miller 197 921 4.7 7
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
N.Y. Jets E. Decker 64 741 11.6 4
Miami M. Wallace 67 862 12.9 10
Touchdowns Player TD
N.Y. Jets C. Ivory 6
Miami M. Wallace 10