PALM BEACH POST PRE­DIC­TIONS

The Palm Beach Post - - NFL GAME DAY -

I like the way this sets up for Mi­ami. Sam Darnold has been chris­tened as the next Joe Na­math. The Jets have shifted from un­der­dogs to gi­ant fa­vorites. The loss of Josh Sit­ton in a game in­volv­ing Leonard Wil­liams hurts. But I have a gut feel­ing Ryan Tan­nehill plays an ex­cel­lent road game. And that Kenyan Drake has a big game, too.

Dolphins 28, Jets 17

Last time the

Dolphins went to MetLife Sta­dium, the Jets were sup­pos­edly tank­ing and still nearly shut them out. Now New York is rid­ing high with rookie Sam Darnold at quar­ter­back, and the Mi­ami of­fen­sive line has to deal with stal­wart left guard Josh Sit­ton go­ing on in­jured re­serve.

Jets 24, Dolphins 23

I’m not ready to anoint Sam Darnold as the next Mark Sanchez or Joe Na­math, but he sure looked le­git in the opener. A big­ger worry, though, is whether the Dolphins can han­dle the Jets’ run­ning attack of Isa­iah Crow­ell and Bi­lal Pow­ell. Mean­while, the dogged Dolphins’ at­tempt to keep this of­fen­sive line in­tact lasted all of one week be­fore Josh Sit­ton’s in­jury con­tin­ued their jinx at guard.

Jets 24, Dolphins 20

The Dolphins-Jets se­ries gets in­tro­duced to

the big­gest sports sen­sa­tion to hit New York since Aaron Judge — rookie QB Sam Darnold. Fig­ure the Mi­ami sec­ondary

and pass rush will be bet­ter than Detroit’s, so I don’t see Darnold match­ing his de­but. Ex­cept for two in­ter­cep­tions, Ryan Tan­nehill looked good and Mi­ami has a nice RB tandem in Drake/Gore. I’ll go with the team that played a marathon Sun­day over the team that played on MNF.

Dolphins 27, Jets 21

Nick Pugliese Sports ed­i­tor

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