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Can Miami finally snap skid and maybe sneak into the playoffs? – Boston Herald


Dolphins (8-8) vs. Jets (7-9), Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

Latest line: Dolphins are favored by 1 point.

Dave Hyde, Sports Columnist (Season record: 11-5): Dolphins 17, Jets 13

How the Dolphins score 17 points with a rookie quarterback against one of the league’s top defenses will remain to be seen. But this team has too much talent for this season to swirl completely down the drain.

Chris Perkins, Dolphins Columnist (Season record: 8-8): Dolphins 17, Jets 14

I’m done predicting good things for the offense. It won’t deliver. I’ll take the Dolphins in a slim victory in the finale, but I’m not sure they’ll make the playoffs. There will be lots of scoreboard watching of the New England-Buffalo game.

David Furones, Dolphins Writer (Season record: 11-5): Dolphins 24, Jets 20

As tough as it is to envision right now after five straight losses, I’ll say the Dolphins handle their business and put it in the Bills’ hands against the Patriots to determine whether Miami makes the postseason. I just can’t see this team going all-out with the collapse and losing its last six, and home against the Jets should be the easiest game out of the whole final stretch. If the Dolphins end up swept by these Jets, which have also lost five straight, then they don’t deserve to be a playoff team anyway, even if they’re going with a backup quarterback for another week.

Kathy Laughlin, Sports Editor (Season record: 11-5): Dolphins 13, Jets 10

Take your pick: Battle of the losing streaks? Battle of the strong defenses? Battle of the backup quarterbacks? The Dolphins are banged up, and getting a victory here is going to take all they’ve got. With their backs against the playoff wall in warm South Florida against the not-great Jets, I think the Dolphins get it done.

Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor (Season record: 10-6): Dolphins 17, Jets 13

The Jets have lost five consecutive games and will miss the playoffs for the 12th straight season — the longest active playoff drought in the NFL. The Dolphins also have lost five straight games, but should have no problem beating their longtime rival with their season on the line — and at the friendly confines of Hard Rock Stadium.

Steve Svekis, Assistant Sports Editor (Season record: 10-6): Dolphins 5, Jets 3

Miami’s defense will have a dominant game, and the Dolphins will escape for their third straight winning season. The Jets have their own stout defense, so I don’t expect much scoring.



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