■ Pre­dic­tions and matchups for to­day’s game,

The Palm Beach Post - - SPORTS - — HAL HABIB

When the Dolphins have the ball …

Mi­ami pass of­fense (20th in NFL) vs. Jets pass de­fense (tied for 24th):

Even with­out DeVante Parker, Ryan Tanne hill en­joyed a solid per­for­mance in his re­turn last week, with his one whop­ping er­ror com­ing on an in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone. He’ll have to ex­er­cise ex­tra cau­tion be­cause the Jets lead the league with five in­ter­cep­tions, two by LB Dar­ren Lee. Edge: Jets

Mi­ami run of­fense (13th) vs. Jets run de­fense (1st):

You see the Jets al­lowed just 39 rush­ing yards (2.6 per carry) in the opener, and it’s tempt­ing to think the Dolphins shouldn’t even bother. But keep in mind: (a) This was against Detroit, which made no at­tempt to run; (b) Adam Gase called a bal­anced game last week with 29 rushes and 28 passes. Mi­ami, mean­while, av­er­aged 4.1 yards on the ground, and the of­fen­sive line opened a hand­ful of big holes for Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore. Edge: Mi­ami

Over­all rank­ings: Mi­ami to­tal of­fense 16th, scor­ing of­fense tied for ninth; Jets to­tal de­fense 16th, scor­ing de­fense ninth

When the Jets have the ball …

Jets pass of­fense (23rd) vs. Mi­ami pass de­fense (12th):

Any Mi­ami fans be­lit­tling Jets fans for go­ing bonkers over QB Sam Darnold’s de­but, say­ing they’ve heard it be­fore for Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith, might want to hold off on their chortling. Darnold had a pick-six on his first throw, then com­pleted 16 of his fi­nal 20 passes for 198 yards and two TDs, in­clud­ing a 41-yard TD to Robby An­der­son. Watch for an in­ter­est­ing chess match vs. fel­low rookie Minkah Fitz­patrick in Mi­ami’s sec­ondary. Edge: Mi­ami

Jets run of­fense (third) vs. Mi­ami run de­fense (17th):

New York chewed up the Lions with 36 car­ries for 169 yards, a 4.7 av­er­age. That in­cluded Isa­iah Crow­ell crank­ing out 10.2 per carry (102 yards, two TDs) and Bi­lal Pow­ell at 5.0 (60 yards). Mi­ami’s re­vamped lineback­ing corps made lit­tle im­pact vs. the Ti­tans. That can’t hap­pen again. Edge: Jets

Over­all rank­ings: Jets to­tal of­fense 14th, scor­ing of­fense tied for first; Mi­ami to­tal de­fense 15th, scor­ing de­fense tied for 11th

Spe­cial teams

Don’t blink. Last week, the Dolphins con­ceded a kick­off re­turn for a TD and scored on a kick re­turn (102 yards by Ja­keem Grant). They’re hope­ful LS John Den­ney’s shoul­der al­lows him to play in his club-record 210th con­sec­u­tive game. But the Jets had fire­works of their own on spe­cial teams, where An­dre Roberts re­turned one punt 43 yards and a sec­ond 78 for a TD. Edge: Jets

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