The Miami Dolphins (6-5) still have four games remaining on their 2014 schedule, following a meeting with the New York Jets (2-9) on "Monday Night Football." The Week 13 contest is considered by many, however, to be a must-win game for the Dolphins -- that is, if they hope to have any chance of clinching a playoff berth.
Miami benefited from losses by three AFC North teams and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but wins by the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers did not help their cause. They remain a half-game behind five different teams for the final wild-card spot in the conference, and they can’t afford a loss to the lowly Jets.
Monday’s game is especially important for the Dolphins because of their next two games. In Week 14, Miami is set to host the Baltimore Ravens. The following week, the Dolphins will visit New England, where the Patriots haven’t lost since the 2012 season.
The Jets don’t even have a chance to get a winning record, and Rex Ryan appears to be in his last season as the team’s head coach. The contest is important for Geno Smith, however, who’s looking to prove that he is good enough to be a starting quarterback.
New York might be headed toward a top-five pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and they could be eyeing their quarterback of the future. Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota could be potential options for New York, and Smith has given the Jets little reason to believe they can win with him at the helm.
After watching their team lose all but one game since the season opener, Jets fans could show their displeasure with a lackluster showing at MetLife Stadium. Tickets for the contest are being sold online for as low as $11.
After starting the week as four-point underdogs, the Jets are getting 6 1/2 points on the night of the game. The betting line shifted in favor of the Dolphins when it was reported that Michael Vick wouldn’t get the start.
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. EST
TV Channel: ESPN
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Point Spread: Dolphins by 6 1/2 points
Over/Under: 41 1/2 points
Prediction: Miami over New York, 24-14