It’s only Week 8 of the 2012 NFL season, but the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are ready to square off in their final matchup of the year.
The two teams met in Week 3 at Sun Life Stadium, with the Jets pulling out a 23-20 victory in overtime. Neither team looked particularly impressive, missing field goals and committing several turnovers.
Both quarterbacks played especially poorly.
On the winning side, Mark Sanchez was inaccurate and constantly under duress. He completed 46.7 percent of his passes and threw two interceptions, including one deep in Miami territory. Sanchez didn’t receive much help from his offensive line, taking six sacks.
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Ryan Tannehill may have been even worse. He completed 44.4 percent of his throws for 196 yards. Tannehill failed to throw a touchdown, even though he wasn’t bother much by the Jets pass rush.
Entering this game, both signal callers are coming off much more impressive performances. Sanchez threw for a season-high 328 yards in New York’s loss to New England. Tannehill had the most efficient game of his career last week, completing 21 of 29 passes for two scores.
It’s a pivotal game for each team, in terms of their standing in the AFC East. At 3-3, the Dolphins trail the Patriots by a half game in the division. The Jets are one game back after their Week 7 defeat in Foxboro.
It isn’t just the playoff implications that make this a big game. Players from both teams have engaged in a “war of words” in the days leading up to the contest.
Reggie Bush began the trash talk after he said "what goes around comes around," in regards to Darrelle Revis’ season-ending injury that he suffered against the Dolphins. In response, Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin said the team would “kick guys’ butts,” referring specifically to Bush. Dolphins center Mike Pouncy then called Maybin a “joke,” giving both sides more motivation.
The game should be close, and could come down to the wire. New York is favored by just one point, and these teams usually play each other close.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on CBS. You can watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Prediction: New York 20, Miami 17