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Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins are in control of their own playoff destiny entering Monday.The Miami Dolphins look to keep pace in the AFC wild-card race as they visit the New York Jets tonight on "Monday Night Football." Here are the top stats you need to know about the game:
After putting up average QBRs in his first two seasons (50 in 2012, 46 in 2013), Ryan Tannehill has a QBR of 58 this season. Two of the reasons for the improvement have been taking care of the football and making an impact rushing the ball. Tannehill’s plus-12 touchdown-to-interception differential is a vast improvement from the plus-6 he totaled from 2012-13. He also leads AFC quarterbacks with 276 rush yards.
In each of his past four games, Tannehill has completed at least 70 percent of his passes. That is something that neither Dan Marino nor Bob Griese ever did for the Dolphins (minimum 15 attempts).
If Tannehill can throw for 211 or more yards Monday night, he’ll become the fourth Dolphins quarterback with 10,000 career passing yards, joining Jay Fiedler and the aforementioned Marino and Griese.
Can Dolphins break MNF losing streak?
This is the 13th time the Dolphins and Jets will meet on a Monday night (Jets lead 7-5). Only the Raiders-Broncos (17 meetings) and Redskins-Cowboys (16) have been more frequent "Monday Night Football" opponents.
Tannehill is 0-2 on "Monday Night Football," losing twice last season at New Orleans and at Tampa Bay. In those games he had three touchdown passes, four interceptions and a Total QBR of 40.
The Dolphins have lost five straight Monday night games since their last victory in 2009. That win came against the Jets. Miami’s streak is tied for the second-longest active losing streak on "Monday Night Football" with the Minnesota Vikings. The only team with a longer streak is the St. Louis Rams, who have lost six straight games since their last Monday night win in 2004.
Jets' Quarterbacks in Starts This Season
Geno faces tough test in return to starting lineup
Geno Smith will replace Michael Vick as the Jets' starting QB for Monday's game. The Jets' Total QBR of 25.9 this season ranks 31st in the NFL and is better than only the Jaguars' (21.8).
Unfortunately for Smith, the Dolphins have allowed the second-lowest Total QBR (40.3) in the league this season, behind only the Bills (39.6). One of the strengths of Miami's defense is protecting against the big pass play. Miami opponents are just 8-41 on throws of at least 20 yards downfield.