The New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins meet Sunday in NFL action from Hard Rock Stadium. New York is 7-9 on the year and coming off a loss to the Seahawks. As for Miami, they’re 8-8 after a loss to the Patriots in their last game. Check back all season long for free NFL picks at Sports Chat Place.
New York was sitting at 7-4 in late November and had realistic playoff aspirations. Since then it’s been a five-game losing streak for the Jets, however; they’ve fallen to the Vikings, Bills, Lions, Jaguars and Seahawks in that time.
In the Seattle matchup last weekend, the Jets were down 17-6 by the break. New York was outscored 6-0 from there and lost 23-6. QB Mike White put up 240 yards with two picks, and Tyler Conklin led the receivers on 80 yards from six grabs.
Over on the Miami side, they were 8-3 in late November with playoff aspirations of their own. The Dolphins also have a five-game losing streak right now: those have come to the 49ers, Chargers, Bills, Packers and Patriots.
In their Sunday matchup versus the Patriots, Miami went into the second half with a 7-7 tie. The Dolphins were outscored 16-14 from there and lost 23-21. Skylar Thompson and Teddy Bridgewater combined for 265 yards passing, two scores and two picks.
The Jets are 5-0 ATS in their last five on grass and 9-21 ATS in their last 30 versus the AFC East. New York is 2-6 ATS in their last eight in January.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins are 5-1 ATS in their last six versus the AFC East and 2-5 ATS in their last seven on grass. Miami is 1-4 ATS in their last five after an ATS win.
PICK: I’m staying with Miami. The Dolphins still have an outside shot at making the playoffs—though they’ll need some help to do it. The Tua Tagovailoa injury situation doesn’t help matters, but even without him I think Miami will be okay on the win/cover. The Dolphins have played some pretty good teams during this five-game losing streak; the Jets will be a respite from that. New York has scored a combined nine points in their last two games, and they’ve been below 18 points in each of the last four outings. I don’t see the Jets mustering enough offense to do anything here.