Jets (3-5) at Dol­phins (4-4)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 9 MATCHUPS -

W ....... Ten­nessee ....... 27-20 W ...... at N.Y. Jets ...... 20-12 W ......... Oak­land ......... 28-20 L .... at New Eng­land .... 38-7 L ...... at Cincin­nati ...... 27-17 W .... Chicago .... 31-28 (OT) L ........... Detroit ........... 32-21 L ........ at Hous­ton ........ 42-23 Nov. 4 ......... N.Y. Jets ......... 1 Nov. 11 .... at Green Bay .... 1 Nov. 18 .............. Bye ............. Nov. 25 .. at In­di­anapo­lis .. 1 Dec. 2 .......... Buf­falo .......... 1 Dec. 9 ..... New Eng­land ..... 1 Dec. 16 .... at Min­nesota .... 1 Dec. 22 or 23 ..... Jax ..... TBD Dec. 30 ...... at Buf­falo ....... 1

Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, Hard Rock Sta­dium, Mi­ami

TV: CBS

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: No line Jets’ keys to vic­tory: The Jets need to be able to run the ball against the Dol­phins, who rank 30th in the NFL in rush­ing de­fense and in their last two games have given up 248 yards rush­ing to the Detroit Lions and 188 to the Hous­ton Tex­ans, both losses. Run­ning the foot­ball con­sis­tently well also would take pres­sure off QB Sam Darnold, who ranks last in the league in com­ple­tion per­cent­age and is tied for first in in­ter­cep­tions.

Dol­phins’ keys to vic­tory: No mat­ter who the start­ing quar­ter­back is, they need to rely on their run­ning backs. Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake have been solid when they get enough op­por­tu­ni­ties to carry the ball. Gore isn’t the run­ner he used to be, but he’s av­er­ag­ing 4.6 yards per carry, slightly above his ca­reer av­er­age. Drake has three rush­ing touch­downs and has dy­namic speed, so coach Adam Gase needs to get his best offen­sive play­maker the ball early and of­ten.

Matchup to watch: Jets QB Sam Darnold vs. Dol­phins de­fen­sive line. The Dol­phins have only 11 sacks. If they’re go­ing to beat the Jets, they will need to get pres­sure on Darnold and force him to make mis­takes. If they can’t gen­er­ate any pres­sure, Darnold should be able to throw for a ton of yards, or at least more than he has re­cently.

Who wins? While the Dol­phins are an av­er­age foot­ball team, they’re cer­tainly in a bet­ter place than the Jets. Ex­pect the Dol­phins to use Gore and Drake heav­ily and then beat the Jets de­fense with a few play-ac­tion passes. Play­ing at home should help them end their two-game los­ing streak.

Dol­phins, 24-20

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