The last time these AFC East rivals faced each other was in late September; the Jets won that game 20-6. Since then, both the Dolphins and the Jets have won two of its last three games.
Miami Dolphins (3-2)
The Dolphins continue to perform above expectations as the season continues.
After two big wins over the Tennessee Titans and NFC Divisional Champions Atlanta Falcons, the Dolphins look to continue the trend against the Jets in the Sunshine State Sunday afternoon.
Quarterback Jay Culter has five touchdown passes with 857 passing yards, a 61.6 percent completion rate, along with four interceptions.
Standout running back Jay Ajayi is not having the best start to the season, considering his performance last year, but is still producing at a high level. Ajayi has rushed for 391 yards on 102 attempts, averaging 78.2 yards per game.
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry leads the Dolphins’ receiving core in receptions, targets, yards, and touchdowns: 38 receptions, 57 targets, 272 yards with two touchdowns.
Back at home. Week 7. #NYJvsMIA
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— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) October 19, 2017
New York Jets (3-3)
Despite losses to the Bills, Raiders, and Patriots, the New York Jets are in a much better place this season compared to last year, in which the Jets won one of its first six games.
Veteran quarterback Josh McCown has the young, talented offense pointed in the right direction. McCown has seven touchdown passes on 1,374 passing yards, a 70.1% completion rate, a rushing touchdown and 6 interceptions.
In his seven seasons with the Jets, running back Bilal Powell is looking like the prospect they expected the Florida native to be. Powell already has two rushing touchdowns on the season, nearing his career-high of four rushing touchdowns in 2012. Powell earned his two touchdowns this season on 240 yards in 51 attempts, averaging 4.7 yards along with 72 receiving yards on the season.
Former Seahawks receiver, Jermaine Kearse, has been the go-to guy in his first season with the Jets. Kearse has three touchdowns on the season on 299 yards, 33 targets, and 26 receptions. Also nearing his career-high in touchdowns (5 touchdowns in 2015), Kearse will likely set a new career high this season.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 20, 2017
What to Keep an Eye on Sunday Afternoon
- Look for Cutler to extend his touchdown total on the season on Sunday.
- Expect Landry’s targets to skyrocket with the risk-taking Jay Cutler under center.
- Watch for Kearse to have a productive game against the Dolphin’s 21st ranked pass defense on Sunday.