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W2W4: Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins (8-7) will host the New York Jets (3-12) in the final game of the season for both teams.

Here are three things to watch from Miami’s perspective:

1. Finishing strong: The pressure is off in Miami after Dolphins owner Stephen Ross declared last week that head coach Joe Philbin will return for this fourth season in 2015. That has made for a more relaxed atmosphere heading into Sunday's game. The Dolphins hope that translates on the field in an effort to sweep the Jets, a feat Miami has not accomplished since 2009. A win by Miami also gives the team its first winning season since 2008 and a winning record in the AFC East.

2. Stuffing the run: The last time the Dolphins played the Jets, New York rushed for 277 yards on 49 carries. The Jets steamrolled Miami’s defense and averaged 5.7 yards per carry. Still, the Dolphins won the game 16-13. Miami’s run defense has been a major issue late in the season. The front seven is running out of gas and hasn't been as physical at the line of scrimmage. The Dolphins dropped from No. 8 in run defense in Week 11 to No. 24 entering Sunday's game. Expect the Jets to try to establish their physicality early and often by running the football.

3. Numbers game: Although the biggest goal for Miami is winning, there are several interesting individual achievements to keep an eye on. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill could become the first 4,000-yard quarterback since Dan Marino with 214 passing yards against New York. Dolphins running back Lamar Miller also needs just 79 rushing yards for his first 1,000-yard season. Mike Wallace also needs 138 receiving yards to reach 1,000 yards.