- James Walker, ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter
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Here are three things to watch from Miami's perspective:
1. Intensity, intensity: There was something definitely missing in Miami’s listless, 19-0, loss to Buffalo last week. The Dolphins failed to bring the intensity, arguably for the first time all season. Miami has been competitive in nearly every game this year but laid its first egg in Buffalo. Similar to last week, expect the Jets to treat this like their playoff game knowing their season is over. The Dolphins will have to match New York’s intensity or Miami could be sitting at home in January with its rival.
2. New Geno: Miami did a good job of roughing up Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith in the first meeting. The Dolphins rattled Smith and forced Jets head coach Rex Ryan to bench Smith at halftime of a 23-3 Miami win. That turned out to be a turning point for Smith, who appears to have turned the corner. Smith has won two of his last three games and comes to Miami, his hometown, with some confidence.
3. On the run: The Dolphins are a rare team in the playoff hunt. They can't run the ball (ranked 26th) or stop the run (ranked 25th). Yet, Miami has the potential to win nine games and get into the postseason. The Jets will certainly test this theory. New York is sixth in rushing and third in stopping the run. This is a tough matchup for Miami.
The Miami Dolphins (8-7) will try to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to the Buffalo Bills in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets (7-8).