Miami will host their division rival New York Jets Sunday in a game that could keep either one of their inflated playoff hopes alive.
It won’t be easy for either team, however, as they struggle to adapt to key injuries and recover from solid defeats in Week 8.
Miami became the Texans’ fifth straight victim, but they are the first team to let Deshaun Watson go off this season. The 42-23 drubbing exposed some flaws in the Dolphins defense and was a letdown after Miami’s Week 7 offensive outburst under backup quarterback Brock Osweiler.
New York was beaten by the Bears in a ho-hum affair without several parts of their offense. Bilal Powell is on injured reserve with a neck injury, and Quincy Enunwa and Robbie Anderson were among the injured receivers. Enunwa is already ruled out for Week 9, too.
Both head coaches spent the week adjusting game plans to make the most of their situations. Miami still believes they can steal a playoff spot. If they can get to 5-4, they are in the mix.
New York is under no pressure as they work a rookie quarterback into the system. With limited weapons, Sam Darnold’s development might be slowed a notch.
Injuries and notes
Besides Enunwa, New York lists Robbie Anderson as questionable to return this week. Tight end Neal Sterling is working his way through the concussion protocol.
Defensive back Trumaine Johnson and defensive end Steve Mclendon are limited with injuries this week and listed as questionable.
Miami rules out Tannehill and says Stills is closer to doubtful than questionable.
Adam Gase still has his team believing they can make the playoffs, and why not? The Jets are a beatable team right now and a 5-4 record would put the Dolphins right in the thick of the wild card discussion, just a half-game out of the second slot.
Gase and Tannehill’s futures in Miami might depend on making a playoff appearance.
Todd Bowles appears safe in New York, where general opinion is that the patient and appreciative Jets ownership will give him at least one more year to see his rebuilding unit take fruit. Injuries are threatening the feel-good vibe in New York, but Bowles has put together surprising results before.
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Who will win the Dolphins-Jets game?
This game will probably come down to whichever team can run the ball best. Isaiah Crowell has had some moments this season, but the tandem of Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake are in a better place this week.
It might not be the prettiest game to watch, but Miami will keep hope alive in Southern Florida.