Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#145 Miami Dolphins 44 vs.
#146 New York Jets -5
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00pm EST
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Written by Scott Reichel



#145 Miami
#146 New York


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Week 14 of NFL football continues as the Miami Dolphins travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1:00 P.M. These two teams have not met since week nine when the Dolphins defeated the Jets by the score of 26-18.

Dolphins Look For Another Win

Brian Flores has the Dolphins in okay form headed into this game. The Dolphins have a 2-9 record and they are in last place in the AFC East division as a result. However, Miami has actually looked a lot better as the season has progressed as people were afraid of the Dolphins potentially going winless when the season started. In addition, Miami has won three of its last five games including a thrilling comeback victory against Philadelphia last week. In that game, Miami trailed by 14 points in the third quarter and still managed to rally en route to a 37-31 victory. Now, the Dolphins will look for their second win of the season against the Jets on Sunday.

Leading the Dolphins offensively is quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick whohas been pretty good this season with 2,266 passing yards along with 13 passing touchdowns. In addition, Fitzpatrick has also contributed in the ground game as he has three rushing touchdowns. Now, he will look to lead the Dolphins to a victory against his former team on Sunday.

Defensively, Miami has been awful up to this point. The Dolphins are allowing 31.4 points per game which ranks last in the entire league. In addition, the Dolphins are allowing 399.7 yards per game which ranks 30th in the league. Despite winning last week, Miami's defense still gave up 31 points against Philadelphia so those struggles have persisted all season long.

Jets Look To Forget About Last Week

New York enters this game with a terrible 4-8 record as it is currently in third place in the AFC East. To make matters worse, the Jets had their three-game winning streak snapped last week as they lost to the Bengals on the road by 16 points. In that game, New York's offense failed to score a single touchdown which was shocking considering the fact that it scored 34 points in each of its three previous games. Now, the Jets get to return home as they will look to start another winning streak before the season is over. However, it is still too late in the season for them to turn around their season.

New York's offense is led by quarterback Sam Darnoldwho has been very inconsistent this season. He has thrown for 2.154 passing yards and 13 passing touchdowns. Despite some early concerns about his tendencies to turn the ball over, Darnold has actually done a better job at limiting his mistakes over the last few weeks which is a potential sign that his turnover-prone days might be behind him.

Defensively, New York has been okay up to this point in the regular season. The Jets are allowing 23.3 points per game which ranks 19th in the league. In addition, the Jets are allowing 317.4 yards per game which ranks sixth in the league. Now, New York will look for a much better defensive performance after last week's dud against Cincinnati.

Injury update (12/6): Star safety Jamal Adams is considered doubtful with an ankle injury and cornerback Brian Poole has been ruled out with a concussion. Starting running back Le'Veon Bell was sent home from practice due to an illness. His status for Sunday is up in the air. If he can't go, Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell would share the running back duties.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Miami has already beaten New York this season and it enters this game off an emotional high so I think that this spread is too high. The Jets have looked good on occasions and flat on other occasions so I cannot trust this team to cover such a big point spread regardless of where this game is located. Miami should be able to keep this game within four points as it might even have a shot to win this game outright. Give me the Dolphins.

Prediction: Miami +5.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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Both teams have been very underwhelming defensively all season long so I will take the over. Both the Dolphins and Jets got embarrassed defensively last week in their respective matchups and I expect both units to struggle again against each other's underrated offensive attacks. Both Fitzpatrick and Darnold have shown flashes of brilliance this season and both of them are capable of leading their respective teams to at least 24 points in this game. Give me the over.

Prediction: Over 45

Half-Time Side Pick

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After the comeback victory that the Dolphins had last week, I expect them to carry over some of that momentum into the first half of this game. Fitzpatrick will be motivated to put together another solid performance against his former team and the Dolphins have already beaten the Jets this season so I think that they should play well for at least the first 30 minutes of this game before the Jets make some halftime adjustments. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Miami 1H

Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.