New York Jets Know Your Opponent Week 17 (Miami Dolphins)

TOJ Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio breaks down the New York Jets Week 17 opponent, the Miami Dolphins, in this week’s version of “Know Your Opponent.”

The New York Jets, fresh off a win against the Cleveland Browns, take their modest talents to South Beach for a Week 17 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins need a win against the Jets to keep their playoff hopes alive, and the Jets have a chance to return the favor from 2011 when it was the Dolphins that ended the Jets playoff hopes in Miami. Time to get to know your opponent for Week 17.

Week 17: Miami Dolphins, 8-7 last week: loss @ Buffalo, 19-0

2013 Offensive Rankings: 24th in Points Per game (20.7 ppg), 28th in total yards (314 per game), 20th in passing yards (224.2 per game), 12th in passing attempts (36.9 per game), 14th in passing touchdowns (23), 19th in interceptions thrown (16), 28th in yards gained per attempt (5.5), 26th in rushing yards (89.8 per game), 30th in rushing attempts (21.8 per game), 25th in rushing touchdowns (8), 18th in yards per carry (4.1)

Overview: The Dolphins, fresh off of a victory over the New England Patriots, suffered a 19-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills with their playoff fates right in their hands. It was the epitome of a letdown game as the Dolphins came out flat and the Bills were able to sack Ryan Tannehill seven times. Tannehill has now been sacked 58 times on the year. Despite the high sack total, Tannehill has put together a good year.


Ryan Tannehill has thrown for 3709 yards, 23 TDs, and 14 INTs. All of those stats are career highs, as Tannehill has also completed 61% of his passes en route to a solid second season in Miami. He’s, also, got 4 fourth quarter comebacks and three game winning drives this year.

The passing weapons are former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Wallace (68 REC, 905 YDS, and 4 TDs), TE Charles Clay (65 REC, 716 YDS, 6 TDs), and WR Brian Hartline (74 REC, 978 YDS, 4 TDs). The running game is practically non-existent, as Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas have shared lead back duties. The duo has combined for 267 carries, 1042 yards, and 6 TDs. They are averaging 3.9 yards a carry as a tandem.

Key Injuries

RB Daniel Thomas (Questionable)
WR Brian Hartline (Questionable)
QB Ryan Tannehill (Probable)

2013 Defensive Rankings: 8th in points allowed (21 per game), 20th in yards allowed (358.4 per game), 17th in passing defense (235.4 per game), 4th in passing touchdowns allowed (17), 7th in interceptions (18), 10th in yards per completion allowed (5.9), 25th in rushing defense (122.9 per game), 19th in yards per carry allowed (4.2), 15th in rushing touchdowns allowed (12), and 17th in total turnovers forced (24).

Overview: The Dolphins allowed 203 rushing yards last week against the Buffalo Bills, their worst performance of the year so far. Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller had 39 carries, 188 yards, a 4.8 yards per carry average, and a TD. The Dolphins defense only sacked Thad Lewis one time, as Lewis completed 60% of his passes en route to the Bills victory.

The Dolphins defense is led by Defensive End Cameron Wake (8.5 sacks).

Cameron Wake

However, the team’s sack leader is potential pro bowler Defensive End Olivier Vernon with 11.5 sacks. Rashad Jones is the leader of the secondary, and he has accumulated 74 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, and 4 passes defended. Brent Grimes has put together a good season with 15 passes defended and 4 INTs. Free agent signings Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe are 1st and 3rd on the team in tackles with 78 and 63 respectively.

Key Injuries

LB Koa Misi (Questionable)
DE Jared Odrick (Questionable)
DE Chris Clemons (Questionable)
DT Paul Soliai (Questionable)

Special Teams

Marcus Thigpen is the team’s primary kick returner and punt returner. Thigpen is averaging 23.3 yards per kick return and 7.6 yards per punt return. Rookie Caleb Sturgis is 26-34 so far this year. Brandon Fields is averaging 49.2 yards per punt.

Series History

The Jets lead the season series 49-46-1. Rex is 3-6 against the Dolphins as the Jets head coach. The Jets lost the last three matchups.

Opponent’s Highlight

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.