8:30 PM ET, December 1, 2014
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Looking to recover from a narrow defeat and begin a push for a playoff spot Monday night, the Dolphins will try to extend their road success against a Jets team that's turning back to Geno Smith.
Miami (6-5) is 0-3 in games decided by four or fewer points after blowing an 11-point fourth-quarter lead in a 39-36 loss at Denver last Sunday. It was the team's first loss after entering the fourth with a lead of more than 10 in 14 years.
The Dolphins also gave up late leads in defeats to Detroit in Week 10 and Green Bay in Week 6.
"We have to find a way to win some of those games," coach Joe Philbin said. "We are going to be in some more of those games. That's just the way the NFL typically is."
Philbin's club is part of a tightly bunched group of playoff contenders. The Dolphins are in 10th place and one game behind a five-team pack fighting for the two wild-card spots.
Miami also trails New England by three games for the AFC East lead, though they defeated the Patriots in their opener and travel to Gillette Stadium on Dec. 14.
"I don't think the records really matter right now," Philbin said. "We have to go win a game against the New York Jets. That's really the only thing that is on my mind and should be on our players' minds at this point."
The Dolphins, who haven't made the postseason since 2008, have the advantage of playing the Jets (2-9) twice in their final five games. They've won five of six road meetings in the series, including a 23-3 win exactly one year before this game.
Ryan Tannehill went 28 of 43 for 331 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in that contest, but struggled against New York on Dec. 29, going 20 of 40 for 204 yards with one score and three picks in a 20-7 home loss.
Tannehill ranks third in the league with a 70.9 completion percentage and has thrown 12 touchdowns and three interceptions in his last six games. However, he did have a key fourth-quarter interception against the Broncos.
Jarvis Landry caught two touchdowns Sunday to give him four in his last four contests, while Mike Wallace added his seventh TD reception. Wallace has scored a touchdown in each of his last three meetings with the Jets.
The Dolphins have outscored opponents 231-137 in the first three quarters, the second-largest margin in the NFL. They'll try to build an early lead against New York, which has allowed the second-most points in the first half at 15.8 per game.
The Jets are also tied for 30th with 27.5 points allowed per game despite ranking seventh in total defense at 324.8. They were outgained 336-218 in a 38-3 loss to the Bills in Detroit on Monday.
"Obviously, No. 1 is disappointment," center Nick Mangold said. "No. 2 is frustration that we weren't able to do our jobs. It's difficult. You hate losing. You hate losing like that."
Michael Vick provided a spark in his first two starts in place of a benched Smith, but he was 7 of 19 for 76 yards before being replaced by Smith in the third quarter Monday. Smith went 10 of 12 for 89 yards, earning another chance this week.
The second-year pro hasn't started since Oct. 26 in a 43-23 loss to Buffalo in which he was benched after throwing interceptions on three consecutive possessions.
Smith also was replaced after going 4 of 10 for 29 yards and a pick in the last home meeting with the Dolphins, but he led three long scoring drives and completed 17 of 27 for 190 yards Dec. 29.
The Jets rushed for an average of 170.5 yards in a four-game stretch before managing 92 on Monday. They might be able to get the running game going against Miami, which allowed a season-high 201 yards last week.
New York certainly should have a good chance of making a few plays deep. Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor is out with a separated shoulder and fellow corner Cortland Finnegan is doubtful with a left ankle injury.
Amaro leads all rookie tight ends with 34 catches for 291 yards.
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New York Jets
|Avg Points Allowed||1.1||1.3|
Team Averages & NFL Ranks
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||MIA|
|Rush Yds Allowed||MIA|
Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|NY Jets leads 16-12|
|Dec 29, 2013||MIA 7, NYJ 20|
|Dec 1, 2013||MIA 23, @NYJ 3|
|Oct 28, 2012||MIA 30, @NYJ 9|
|Sep 23, 2012||MIA 20, NYJ 23|
|Jan 1, 2012||MIA 19, NYJ 17|
|Oct 17, 2011||MIA 6, @NYJ 24|
|Dec 12, 2010||MIA 10, @NYJ 6|
|Sep 26, 2010||MIA 23, NYJ 31|
|Nov 1, 2009||MIA 30, @NYJ 25|
|Oct 12, 2009||MIA 31, NYJ 27|
|Dec 28, 2008||MIA 24, @NYJ 17|
|Sep 7, 2008||MIA 14, NYJ 20|
|Dec 2, 2007||MIA 13, NYJ 40|
|Sep 23, 2007||MIA 28, @NYJ 31|
|Dec 25, 2006||MIA 10, NYJ 13|
|Oct 15, 2006||MIA 17, @NYJ 20|
|Dec 18, 2005||MIA 24, NYJ 20|
|Sep 18, 2005||MIA 7, @NYJ 17|
|Nov 1, 2004||MIA 14, @NYJ 41|
|Oct 3, 2004||MIA 9, NYJ 17|
|Dec 28, 2003||MIA 23, NYJ 21|
|Sep 14, 2003||MIA 21, @NYJ 10|
|Nov 10, 2002||MIA 10, @NYJ 13|
|Sep 22, 2002||MIA 30, NYJ 3|
|Nov 18, 2001||MIA 0, NYJ 24|
|Oct 14, 2001||MIA 17, @NYJ 21|
FROM ELIAS: The Jets (2-9) and Giants (3-9) will each have at least 9 losses entering Week 14 for the first time since the 1995 season (both 3-9 entering Week 14).
Geno Smith returned as the Jets' starting quarterback Monday but completed only 7 passes, the fewest by a quarterback to start and finish a game this season. But when asked to pass late in the game, Smith bogged down again. With 6:27 remaining and the score tied, Smith took a crucial sack on 3rd and 7 from Miami's 19. The Jets settled for a field goal, which kicker Nick Folk narrowly missed. With 39 seconds remaining and the ball on the Jets' 44 needing only a field goal to tie, Smith threw the ball downfield into coverage. The ball was tipped by Miami's Jelani Jenkins before being intercepted by Reshad Jones. Smith finished the 4th quarter with a Total QBR of 3.9. Smith has the 2nd-lowest 4th-qaurter Total QBR (18.3) among qualified quarterbacks this season (Kirk Cousins, 15.8). As a team, the Jets have the lowest Total QBR in the 4th quarter by a comfortable margin.[+]
The Dolphins have done a good job sustaining drives this season. Only 3 teams have had a lower percentage of drives without a 1st down. In 2013, Miami ranked 27th at 39.7%.[+]
Lowest Pct of Drives Without a 1st Down This Season
After the punt on their opening drive, the Jets have run 103 straight plays without a touchdown, their longest streak of the season.
Lamar Miller rushed for 56 yards and the game-tying touchdown in the 2nd half after he was held to one rush for zero yards in the 1st half. Miller averaged 5.0 yards per carry between the tackles in the 2nd half. The Jets dropped two potential interceptions Monday to give New York 5 dropped interceptions this season, second-most in the league. Only the Bengals (8) have more this season.
The Jets' 210 rushing yards in the 1st half was the most by any team since 2009, when the Jets rushed for 212 yards in the 1st half against the Bills.
The Jets' 228 rushing yards are the most allowed by the Dolphins since 2007, Week 4 vs. Raiders (299).
Ryan Tannehill will start (and play in) his 44th career game. He needs 211 Pass yds to become the 4th Dolphin in team history with 10,000.[+]
Most Pass Yds - Dolphins History
The Jets game against the Bills last week was moved to Monday night in Detroit because of record-breaking snow in Buffalo. This means the Jets will become the 4th team in NFL history to play consecutive games on a Monday.[+]
Consecutive Games Played on Monday - NFL History
Greg Salas scored his 1st career TD of any sort. It was the 2nd rush of his career and 1st since 2011.
Since 2010, only one team has won while attempting less than 15 passes in a game, the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow against the Chiefs in 2011 Week 10.
The Jets have rushed for 100+ yards for the first time in a quarter this season. The Jets' 131 rushing yards is the most in the 1st quarter by any team this season.
Chris Johnson's 62 rushing yards after contact are already the 4th-most in his career and most since Week 10 2011 against the Panthers.
Geno Smith will replace Michael Vick as the Jets starting QB. Smith started the first 8 games this season. No matter the starter, the Jets' QB play has been among the worst in the NFL.[+]
Jets QB Play This Season
The Dolphins have lost 5 straight Monday Night games since their last victory in Week 5 of 2009 vs the Jets.[+]
Longest Active Losing Streaks on Monday Night Football
Tannehill is 4-of-4 for 25 yards when targeting Mike Wallace within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, but only 1-of-5 when targeting Wallace beyond 10 yards of the line of the scrimmage.
From Elias: The Dolphins' first 6 wins this season have all come by at least 13 points. They're the first team to accomplish that since the 2007 Patriots recorded the first 8 wins of a 16-0 season by at least 13 points.[+]
Most 13-Point Victories From Start of Season - Since Merger
Ryan Tannehill completed 70% of his passes for the 5th straight game. Tannehill converted on two key 3rd-and-7 plays to extend the Dolphins' final drive. The Jets rarely blitzed in the 4th quarter, and Tannehill responded with longer and more accurate passing. He averaged 12.6 air yards on his 4th quarter throws compared with 7.5 on his attempts in the first 3 quarters. He was 5-of-6 in the 4th quarter when New York sent a standard pass rush but 0-of-2 when the Jets blitzed.
Only the Raiders-Broncos and Redskins-Cowboys have been more frequent Monday Night opponents than the Dolphins and Jets.[+]
Most Frequent Matchups - Monday Night Football History
The Jets rushed for 210 yards in the 1st half, the most by any team in a 1st half since 2009 (by the Jets). But the Dolphins limited New York to 67 rushing yards in the 2nd half. Chris Johnson had 62 rushing yards after contact in the 1st half but was limited to 9 in the 2nd half. Johnson's 71 yards after contact were more than he had total rushing yards in any previous game this season.[+]
New York Jets Rushing, Monday
The Jets have dropped two interceptions tonight and 5 this season, second-most in the league. The Bengals lead with 8.
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