It's always a bad sign when the ESPN promo for your team's Monday night game focuses mostly on your opponent, then cites your team only as the "divisional opponent" the other team must beat.
That was laughably the case in last week's promos for Monday night's Jets-Dolphins game, where ESPN had no good things to say about the 0-4 Dolphins, so they simply mentioned them as a team the Jets must beat to stay in the playoff chase.
Truthfully, the Dolphins appear headed to 0-5.
Quarterback Chad Henne is out for the year, meaning the team will have to rely on little-known Matt Moore, the "competition" general manager Jeff Ireland brought in when there were other more viable options.
Fittingly, his choice of free agent quarterbacks may come back to haunt him, as Moore must now lead an offense that has sputtered since the opening-week shootout with New England.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall has generated the most news coming in, with his over-the-top comments about needing to show his emotions and his "goal" of being thrown out in the second quarter. Well, I guess that's one way to avoid seeing your team fall to 0-5.
The Jets' defense has not played to its usual standard this season, as the Patriots had their way both in the air and on the ground in last week's 31-20 defeat.
New York ranks fifth against the pass, allowing 203 yards per game, thanks mainly to the cornerback duo of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.
But the run defense has been a sieve, ranking 26th and allowing an average of 134.8 yards a contest.
This would be a good area for the Dolphins to exploit, particularly with a young quarterback making his first start of the season, but running back Daniel Thomas is again having hamstring issues, and is questionable.
Reggie Bush, who Pro Football Focus ranks as one of the worst running backs in the league this season, is hardly an adequate option, so look for more of Lex Hilliard and newly-acquired Steve Slaton if Thomas can't go.
Offensively, the Jets too have regressed running the football, shockingly ranked 31st with an average of just 76.2 yards rushing per game.
"Ground and Pound" the Jets have not, and Mark Sanchez and the passing game have also been inconsistent, ranking 21st in the league.
There has been dissension as well, as New York has stubled to three straight losses and a 2-3 start. Reportedly, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has been under fire from his players, and veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason was unceremoniously dumped for what the media believes was his role in the Schottenheimer mutiny. Add to it Santonio Holmes' criticism of the offensive line, and the angry response from guard Brandon Moore, as well as the continued criticism from team legend Joe Namath, and the Jets appear to be a reeling team.
Still, despite all this, as well as the fact Tony Sparano is 4-0 in New York against the Jets, a bad team cures all ills, and the Jets should have their way with the winless Dolphins.
Jets 24, Dolphins 16.