The Miami Dolphins will try to win for the ninth time when they visit the New York Jets on Saturday.
With an 8-5 record, Miami has a legitimate shot at making the playoffs and ending a long drought. Losing to the Jets however could derail those plans for good. The Dolphins are in a position where they need every win they can get, especially against the lowly Jets.
The Jets are 4-9 and are an even worse 1-5 when playing at home. New York has the spoiler role to play for in this one though, and is sure to give a big effort. The Jets have endured a tough season offensively and defensively, but are coming off a win in their last game.
This will also be a huge test for Miami's playoff chances, because there will be a new man behind center. After Ryan Tannehill fell victim to a knee injury in the last game, Matt Moore took over and now will have to lead the team all game long. Moore has not started a game in five years, but has seen some work in his backup role. The veteran quarterback has experience, and plenty of practice under his belt.
One factor that could make a difference is the weather. The area around MetLife Stadium has endured frigid temperatures along with windy conditions this week. Jets players are accustomed to the cold weather, but some of Miami's squad could find it to be an eye-opening experience. Moore may have to try and make some accurate passes in less than ideal conditions.
When it is cold, teams often turn to their running backs for yards. Jay Ajayi could be primed for a big game, especially considering Moore is behind center for this one. The Dolphins could give Ajayi the bulk of the work early in order to open up the playbook later in the game.
Miami will also be facing a QB they haven't seen before. Bryce Petty is New York's quarterback these days after taking over for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Petty has had some trouble with interceptions in his young career, and Miami's defense is sure to put some early pressure on him.
Saturday's game will begin at 8:25 p.m. on NBC.