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December 11, 2010 1:38 AM

Dolphins-Jets, Part II

SANCHEZ1.bmpThe Dolphins and Jets renew their rivalry in New York Sunday, in a game that's almost a must-win for the visitors.

Miami must run the table and hope either Baltimore or the Jets stumble if the Fins are to make the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Both teams are coming off crushing losses. The Dolphins were shocked at home by Cleveland, 13-10, while the Jets suffered their worst loss of the Rex Ryan Era, a 45-3 beatdown at the hands of the division-leading Patriots.

In the first meeting way back in Week 3, Mark Sanchez threw for 256 yards and three TDs, and tight end Dustin Keller burned the Dolphins defense for six catches, 98 yards and two scores, as the Jets won 31-23 on Sunday night.

Chad Henne passed for a season-high 363 yards and two TDs, but in what has been a recurring theme this season, he threw a game-ending interception in the end zone to end any hopes of a Dolphins comeback.

It was Henne's first loss in three starts against New York.

The last time the Dolphins played in the Meadowlands, Ted Ginn returned two kickoffs for TDs, and Jason Taylor added a fumble return for TD to give the Dolphins an improbable 30-25 win, despite the fact they gained just 104 total yards, a franchise low in a victory.

Of course, Ginn and Taylor are gone; J.T. is now on the other side of the rivalry wearing the kelly green of the Jets. But at 9-4, New York is in excellent position to make back-to-back playoff appearances.

Last week, both quarterbacks had eerily similar bad performances: Henne was 16-of-32 for 174 yards, one TD and three INTs; Sanchez was 17-of-33 for 164 yards, no TDs and three INTs.

Henne will be missing receiver Brian Hartline, who is out with a finger injury. Also out is tackle Vernone Carey, who has an injured knee. Linebackers Channing Crowder and Karlos Dansby are both questionable.

Brandon Marshall will be back though, and he torched the Jets for 10 catches for 166 yards and a TD in the first meeting. But, the Jets were without Darelle Revis, who had a bad hamstring, and is now back. Of course, New York will be missing safety Jim Leonhard, who broke his leg in practice last week and will miss the rest of the season.

Known as the quarterback of the defense, Leonhard was sorely missed against the Patriots, as Tom Brady lit up the Jets D for 326 yards passing and four TDs.

The Jets are an angry team, looking to take out their frustrations from last week on someone, and with the Dolphins unable to run the ball well all season -- and an inconsistent quarterback -- I think they get back on the winning track.

Jets 27, Dolphins 24.

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