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National Football League
Preview
N.Y. Jets at Miami
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 29, 2013
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

The Miami Dolphins allowed one AFC East team to win the division title by pretty much laying an egg against another last week. On Sunday, the Dolphins look to defeat the other division rival when they host the New York Jets and receive some help in order to clinch the conference's final wild-card berth. Miami needs to win on Sunday and have Baltimore (8-7) lose at Cincinnati or San Diego (8-7) defeat visiting Kansas City in order to find its way into the postseason for the first time since 2008.

The Dolphins put forth a listless performance last week as they accumulated just 103 total yards in a 19-0 setback to Buffalo, allowing New England to win the division title as a result. Ryan Tannehill was sacked seven times and injured his left knee, but is expected to play as Miami seeks to defeat New York for the second time this season. The Jets posted a 24-13 victory over Cleveland last week for their second win in three outings following a 23-3 loss to the Dolphins on Dec. 1.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Dolphins -6.5. O/U: 41

ABOUT THE JETS (7-8): Much-maligned rookie Geno Smith took his lumps in the first meeting before getting benched at halftime. Running back Chris Ivory can help avoid a repeat performance for Smith by making some hay in the ground game against Miami's 25th-ranked rush defense. Ivory ran for 109 yards last week against Cleveland, but mustered just 61 in the first meeting versus Miami.

ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (8-7): Tannehill, who sits 291 yards away from 4,000, threw for a season-high 331 yards and two touchdowns earlier this month versus New York. Brian Hartline reeled in nine receptions for a campaign-best 127 yards and a touchdown against the Jets, but dropped three passes last week. Hartline is 22 yards shy of amassing back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Dolphins hold the edge for a postseason berth in an event of a three-way tie due to a better conference record.

2. The Jets have won of the last eight meetings in South Beach, but are just 1-6 on the road this season.

3. Miami has yielded a franchise-record and NFL-high 58 sacks this season.

PREDICTION: Jets 20, Dolphins 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
N.Y. Jets 7-8 W1 18.0 25.3 6-2 1-6 0-2 7-6 1-0 2-3 4-7
Miami 8-7 L1 20.7 21.0 4-3 4-4 6-4 2-3 1-0 2-3 7-4
Last Meeting
N.Y. Jets Miami
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/1/13 MIA 23 NYJ 3 177 99 78 453 125 328
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
N.Y. Jets M. Simms 50.0 79 0 1
Miami R. Tannehill 65.1 331 2 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
N.Y. Jets C. Ivory 12 61 5.1 0
Miami L. Miller 22 72 3.3 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
N.Y. Jets D. Nelson 3 37 12.3 0
Miami B. Hartline 9 127 14.1 1
Touchdowns Player TD
N.Y. Jets O. Aboushi 0
Miami B. Hartline 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
N.Y. Jets G. Smith 55.3 2856 12 21
Miami R. Tannehill 61.1 3709 23 14
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
N.Y. Jets C. Ivory 177 814 4.6 3
Miami L. Miller 160 636 4.0 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
N.Y. Jets J. Kerley 38 483 12.7 3
Miami B. Hartline 74 978 13.2 4
Touchdowns Player TD
N.Y. Jets G. Smith 5
Miami C. Clay 7