Week 9 of the NFL season has the New York Jets coming off a second straight loss, this one to the Chicago Bears. Losers of five of their last seven games, the Jets season is threatening to once again head into a death spiral. The Jets will try to avoid that fate today against their AFC East rivals the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins come into the game struggling badly. Losers of four of their last five games, the Dolphins have allowed 27 or more points on defense to each of their last five opponents. Featuring the, ahem, less than stellar Brock Osweiler at quarterback, the Dolphins offense is ill equipped to overcome such terrible defensive play. The Dolphins have also given up an average of 200 rushing yards over their last three games, an enticing antidote for a struggling Jets ground game.
The Jets unfortunately come into the game hurting and struggling as much as the Dolphins. With multiple weapons on offense missing the last few weeks due to injuries, the Jets offense has all but disappeared, failing to gain as much as 270 yards each of the last two games, both Jets losses. On the year the Jets offense has failed to score more than 17 points in five of eight games, making victory an elusive target. The Jets will be getting running back Elijah McGuire back on offense today, and hope to have wide receivers Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson back as well, giving rookie quarterback Sam Darnold some much needed weapons to work with.
It’s the Jets and the Dolphins in an AFC East grudge match, with each team striving to break out of a funk and keep their respective faint playoff hopes alive. Leave your comments in the section cleverly marked “comments” below. Enjoy the game everybody.