Where: Dolphin Stadium
When: Sunday, 1:00 PM ET
- Miami: Out - LB Zach Thomas; Questionable - DT Vonnie Holliday, DE Matt Roth; Probable - RB Jesse Chatman, LB Edmond Miles, NT Keith Traylor
- New York: Out - WR Jerricho Cotchery; Questionable - CB David Barrett, WR Laveranues Coles, TE James Dearth, DT Dewayne Robertson; Probable - TE Chris Baker, WR Chris Davis, TE Joe Kowalewski, DE C.J. Mosley, WR Brad Smith
| Dolphins || Unit || Jets |
| || Quarterbacks || + |
| || Running backs || + |
| || Receivers || + |
| + || Offensive line || |
| + || Defensive line || |
| || Linebackers || + |
| + || Secondary || |
| || Special teams || + |
| || Coaches || + |
| || Overall Advantage || + |
Keys to the Game:
- Chatman's health. Is Jesse really healthy enough to once again tote the load for an entire game. He looked pretty gimpy against Pittsburgh last week, and if he is ineffective, the offense will sputter. John Beck is already going to have to step up big this week, but an ineffective running game will put even more pressure on him.
- Keep pressuring Clemens. The Jets allow a lot of sacks, so with or without Holliday and Roth, it will be up to Taylor to sack the team that he hates the most. Dom Capers has been returning to his more aggressive form lately, and I look for that trend to continue against the Jets.
- Ted Ginn as X-factor. I think that this will be a low scoring game, and much of it will come down to field position. Ginn will have his opportunities in the kicking game to make some big returns, and he must take advantage. If he gives this offense good starting field position a majority of the time, then I'm confident that Beck will find a way to drive into scoring range.
- Miami: LB Channing Crowder - The defensive line hasn't been getting the job done in run support, so it will largely be up to Crowder to ensure that Thomas Jones does not have the same kind of big game that he had the last time these two teams met this season. He needs to avoid getting taken out of a play by play-action and wrap up when he meets the runner.
- New York: WR Laveranues Coles - He usually plays lights-out against Miami, but this week should be different since Cotchery is out with an injury. That should allow the Dolphins to concentrate more on shutting down Coles and forcing the other less experienced and less skilled receivers to make plays.
I don't think that Miami will go undefeated this season. And by that line of thinking, this game seems like it has to be the one that they win. It's at home and they are playing a team almost as bad as they are. It'll probably be close, but I'm cautiously optimistic that the Phins will get their first win this week.
Miami wins 19-16.
Let's get it done, boys!