Who has the edge?

Dol­phins seek­ing an­other Jets sweep, re­bound from from two-game skid

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The Mi­ami Dol­phins (4-4) will host the New York Jets (3-5) on Sun­day with both teams look­ing to snap a two-game los­ing streak. The Dol­phins beat the Jets ear­lier in the sea­son in Week 2.

When the Dol­phins pass: Brock Osweiler will start his fourth straight game in place of in­jured quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill. Osweiler has been ser­vice­able, com­plet­ing 63.4 per­cent of his passes with five touch­downs and three in­ter­cep­tions. Osweiler has missed in­jured re­ceiver Al­bert Wil­son, but he has a new re­ceiv­ing tar­get in DeVante Parker, who had six catches for a ca­reer-high 134 yards against the Hous­ton Tex­ans last week. The Jets’ de­fense is 19th in the NFL, al­low­ing 25 points and 259.8 yards per game. Edge: Dol­phins

When the Jets pass: Rookie quar­ter­back Sam Darnold, the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, has shown flashes but has strug­gled over­all. Darnold has com­pleted only 55.2 per­cent of his passes, and has 11 touch­downs and 10 in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son. He has com­pleted less than half of his passes in four games, in­clud­ing three of his last four. Against the Dol­phins in Week 2, Darnold threw for a ca­reer-high 334 yards with a touch­down and two in­ter­cep­tions in Mi­ami’s 20-12 win. The Dol­phins have not forced a turnover in their last two games, but can get back on track against Darnold and the Jets.


When the Dol­phins run: Kenyan Drake has scored rush­ing touch­downs in each of his last two games, but has not gained more than 72 yards in a game this sea­son de­spite lead­ing Mi­ami with 4.9 yards a carry. Vet­eran Frank Gore has started the last three games and paced Mi­ami’s of­fense on early downs, but has yet to score a touch­down this sea­son. The Dol­phins rush­ing at­tack has av­er­aged 108 yards a game this sea­son, 17th in the NFL, while the Jets de­fense is 21st giv­ing up 114.9 rush­ing yards per game. Edge: Dol­phins.

When the Jets run: While Mi­ami’s run de­fense is sus­pect, they will look to stop the Jets run game and force Sam Darnold to beat them with his arm. Isa­iah Crow­ell, who has scored five rush­ing touch­downs, is the Jets’ fea­tured back with Bi­lal Pow­ell out for the sea­son after suf­fer­ing a neck in­jury. Crow­ell had 12 car­ries for 35 yards against the Dol­phins in Week 2, a per­for­mance that is on par with most of his pro­duc­tion this sea­son out­side of a rare out­lier — a 219-yard game against the Den­ver Bron­cos in Week 5. The Dol­phins have given up 878 yards rush­ing over the last five games. Over­all, Mi­ami’s de­fense is 29th, al­low­ing 143.1 yards a game. Jets

Dol­phins re­turn spe­cial­ist Ja­keem Grant is tied for third in the NFL, av­er­ag­ing 32.3 yards per kick re­turn, and is se­cond with 17.4 yards per punt re­turn. He is the only player in the NFL to re­turn a kick­off and punt for touch­downs this sea­son. Jets re­turner An­dre Roberts leads the NFL with 18.1 yards per punt re­turn and is se­cond with 399 kick-re­turn yards be­hind Grant’s 452. Dol­phins rookie kicker Ja­son San­ders has been ef­fi­cient, mak­ing 9 of 10 field goals with 19 of 20 point-after at­tempts. Jets kicker Ja­son My­ers leads the NFL with 18 field goals. Dol­phins punter Matt Haack is third in the league with 19 punts in­side the 20-yard line and 10th in the NFL, av­er­ag­ing 45.7 yards per punt. Jets punter Lach­lan Ed­wards av­er­ages 46.5 yards per punt (7th), but has placed just 12 in­side the 20. Dol­phins

The Dol­phins and Jets both trail the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots (6-2) in the AFC East. … The Dol­phins have lost two in a row, and four of their last five after a 3-0 start. … The Jets have also lost two in a row, after a 3-3 start. … The Dol­phins and Jets have both faced the Bears and Li­ons this sea­son. Mi­ami beat Chicago be­fore los­ing to Detroit at home, while New York won at Detroit in the opener and lost at Chicago last week. … The Dol­phins had ex­tra time to rest after a Thurs­day night game in Hous­ton last week. Mi­ami has won 14 of its last 20 home games. Edge: Dol­phins

Pre­dic­tion: Dol­phins 23, Jets 17


Ja­keem Grant dives for a TD after re­turn­ing a punt 70 yards vs. the Ben­gals. He is the only player in the NFL to re­turn a punt and kick­off for TDs.

Salid Deen

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