The Miami Dolphins are set to take on the New York Jets in an AFC East Week 15 matchup. Miami is coming into this one on a five-game winning streak with a 6-7 record on the season, while the Jets come in at 3-10. This is the second time that these teams will match up as the Dolphins were able to walk away with the 24-17 victory earlier in the season, so it’s time to make some Week 15 predictions for this rematch.
Everything has been clicking for this Dolphins team as of late, but this could be a tough game for them to win. All three running backs are currently in the COVID-19 protocols. Miami doesn’t exactly have the best running game due to a struggling offensive line, but not having anybody who can run the football will certainly not be a good thing because it is going to stagger the offense.
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If the Dolphins want to make the playoffs, they’re going to have to find a way to win this game shorthanded. Luckily, the Jets are a good opponent to face shorthanded, so that’s exactly what Miami is going to do.
Let’s take a look at four bold predictions for the Dolphins-Jets game in Week 15.
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Miami Dolphins Week 15 Predictions
4. Tua must play his best … and he does exactly that
In order for the Dolphins to beat this Jets team, Tua Tagovailoa is going to have to perform at a high level. He has certainly played well for the last part of the season and has really started to form into a good NFL quarterback during the winning streak. Even before the streak, when he was on the field, he did show spurs of being a good NFL quarterback.
In the first matchup this season against the Jets, he was 27-of-33 passing for 273 yards with two touchdowns and a pick, good for a quarterback rating of 108.7 in a 24-17 win. Look for the Dolphins quarterback to put up similar numbers in this one.
Tua is going to throw for over 250 yards and have two touchdowns to help fuel this Miami win.
3. The defense continues its hot play
During their five-game win streak, Miami’s defense has been spectacular. They have only given up more than 10 points in one of the five games, which was to the Jets. They beat a tough Baltimore Ravens team led by quarterback Lamar Jackson and only gave up 10 points. In Miami’s last game against the New York Giants, they only gave up nine points.
It was reported by Xavien Howard of the Dolphins that they were going to go back to their old defense that they had a season ago. During that season, Miami had one of the better defenses in all of football. It is clear that the Dolphins did decide to go back to that, because they have been fantastic on the defensive side of the ball since he mentioned them going back to their old schemes.
If they’re going to want to win, they’re going to need their defense to step up because their offense isn’t going to be at 100% strength. Expect this Miami defense to hold the Jets to under 14 points and help the Dolphins walk away with an easy victory.
2. Jaylen Waddle has over 100 receiving yards
Miami is going to be passing the ball more than ever on Sunday. Expect Jaylen Waddle to have yet another big game just like he has done throughout the entire season. The former University of Alabama product has been sensational in his rookie year for this Dolphins team, racking up 86 catches for 849 yards and four touchdowns.
He’s going to catch one of the two passing touchdowns and have over 100 yards receiving.
1. The playoffs are right there
At this point, it’s not going to be easy to win the AFC East. Unfortunately, the losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars are going to come back to hurt this team in terms of winning the division. The good thing for the Dolphins is if they can win their next four games, they will finish with 10 wins and should have a great chance at a Wild Card spot.
Winning the next four games won’t be easy by any means, but Miami does have some favorable matchups. The Dolphins are taking on this Jets team in Week 15, and then they will play the New Orleans Saints on Monday night in New Orleans. After that, they have two tough games against the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots. If Miami wants to make the playoffs, winning at least one of those games is probably necessary.
All the Dolphins have control of at the moment is taking care of business, and that’s exactly what they’re going to look to do on Sunday against New York. If they can win their next four games, they will be sitting in a great position to make the playoffs.