|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL AFC East showdown this Sunday as the 2nd ranked New York Jets host the 3rd ranked Miami Dolphins. In recent Dolphins news, Al Harris was given a very unwelcome gift on his 36th birthday -- a trip to the injured reserve. The Sun Sentinel reported that a hamstring injury has cut down Harris' homecoming in Miami.
The veteran cornerback, signed as a free agent by the Dolphins on Nov. 10 after being released by the Packers, appeared in three games with Miami. As for the Jets, they’re looking for a healthy safety. Down to two players at the position because of injuries, coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday that the Jets (9-3) will have to cut the recently re-signed Laveranues Coles to make roster room. Here are some things to consider when sports betting on your Sunday bets:
The Miami Dolphins hate their fans and love to torture them whenever they play at Miami. They love everybody else though, and on the road, they put on a show. They're 1-5 at home, but they're 5-1 on the road.
Sportsbook lists the Jets as the minus 5.5 point favorites with the total over under at 40.5.
How will the Jets respond after talking the talk, then getting blown out 45-3 by their divisional foe? Divisional opponents have more familiarity with each other as they play each other twice per season. The Jets and Dolphins rivalry is one of the AFC's best, and the Raiders showed how the underdogs can get amp'ed up for these games.
The New York Jets are coming off a Monday Night game, so they'll have less time to prepare. As a divisional game, that could be less important since they're both familiar with each other.
The Jets are 9-3, but they've suffered some bad losses while getting fortunate in many games. The Jets were shutout by the Green Bay Packers, who were playing guys straight from free agency just days before, after two weeks of preparation at their house. Now, they were routed 45-3 by the New England Patriots.
The Jets escaped Detroit with an overtime comeback victory after knocking Matthew Stafford out of the game, and they escaped Cleveland after an overtime fumble gave Jets new life. They've also had close calls against the Dolphins, Broncos, Vikings, and Texans. The only quality opponent they've beaten is the New England Patriots in Week 2. Since then, they've mostly needed late game heroics to beat sub .500 teams.