Week 12 preview: Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets (-4)
Met Life Stadium
Announcers: Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts

At 4-6, the Miami Dolphins face quite possibly their biggest test.  Can they keep their slim playoff hopes alive?  With a win, the Dolphins move back to 5-6 and a tie with the Jets.  More importantly, they will get a win in the conference which may help them down the road.  A loss basically ends the season and the search for a new head coach begins.

How will the Dolphins get a win in a tough environment?  Here are some keys to success:

1) Stop the Run- as most of you are aware, Chris Ivory gashed the Dolphins in week 4.  Miami has had an inability to shed blocks and stuff the run consistently.  To force the issue, look for Miami to put an extra guy in the box.  This also means they need to win their 1 on 1 match ups with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.  It is imperative they get after Ivory to force Fitz to beat them with his arm

2) Sack the QB- Miami has been getting ton of pressures since the bye week but it needs to lead to more sacks.  Vernon has been on a terror and while the Jets OL is banged up with Nick Mangold out, it is up to Suh and Co. to get after Fitz and force him into bad throws and turnovers

3) Is there a page in the playbook for running?- FEED LAMAR MILLER.  He is gashing defenses week after week but yet Lazor abandoned the run.  Miller and Ajayi need to touch the ball 30 times to win this game today.  Will it be the same old same old?  Let's hope not

4) Big plays by Tannehill- RT needs to continue to get the ball down the field to stretch the defense.  With Revis out today with a concussion and Cromartie rated as the worst CB in the league (per PFF), Tannehill needs to exploit some match ups with Landry and more importantly Jordan Cameron. 

5) Get Parker going- Its time to let the lion out its cage.  Parker needs to start getting more reps and the ball thrown in his direction.  He is too dynamic and too big of a playmaker to continue to sit behind Greg Jennings.  Hopefully Parker gets 20-30 snaps today with a few catches.

This game is the season for the Dolphins.  If they didn't give the game away last week to Dallas, this team would be in the hunt and possibly taking over a higher seed with a win.  It is now desperation time and with the results of the season,, this team is not good under pressure.  The road game will be tough and the Jets will continue to gash the D.  However, the loss of Revis will hurt the Jets and Miami will make one more big play to win.

Dolphins 21- Jets 20