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How To Bet On Dolphins Jets – Dolphins And Jets Vie For Second Place In AFC East

Posted by Tony Bryant on 10/24/2012 6:44:59 PM

The Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets are locked in a battle for positioning in the AFC East Division. They both need a win in the worst way when they meet this Sunday.

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets – Sunday, October 28    
Betting line: New York Jets -1

Why Miami Will Win

The online sports betting legal community has some very legitimate reasons for picking Miami in this game. First of all, the New York Jets are coming off a psychologically devastating loss to the New England Patriots. The Jets were pointing to that game as the one that could and would turn their season around, but by blowing a late field-goal lead, they endured a substantial setback and will probably carry that negative energy into this game. The Jets will be depressed to a certain extent, and that's likely to lead to a sluggish effort on offense. One has to think that Miami's pass defense, which is better than New England's pass defense, will be able to contain New York quarterback Mark Sanchez and generally limit the Jets' offense.

Miami should be the choice for reasons that go beyond the Jets' struggles. Miami's defense is legitimately good – the Dolphins have not allowed more than 21 points in regulation time in each of their past five games. They were blown out by Houston in week one but have been strong on the defensive side of the ball ever since then. Miami has remained competitive this season, which is more than what other AFC teams can say. The Dolphins have slightly exceeded expectations to this point in the 2012 campaign. They took the Jets to overtime in the first meeting between these teams this season; they just need to make a few more plays in order to win.

Why New York Will Win

When football betting pundits sit down and study the intricacies of this particular matchup, they will realize that the Jets were pushing uphill for most of their 23-20 overtime win over the Dolphins in Miami this past September. The Jets were on the defensive but found a way to finish a key drive in the fourth quarter to avoid defeat. The knowledge of that performance – a spotty but ultimately successful one – is going to help the Jets in this contest.

The other point to keep in the forefront of your mind about this game is that the Dolphins, at 3-3, have a deceptive record, one that looks better than it actually is. The team's win over the St. Louis Rams looks worse and worse as the Rams decline in the NFC West. The win at Cincinnati looks worse in light of the Bengals' three-game losing streak, which included a loss to the Cleveland Browns. The Jets don't have to score a ton of points to win because Miami's offense is decidedly mediocre. The Dolphins are an overvalued team that the Jets can put away.

Who Will Win

It’s going to be a close game, but the likelihood is that the Jets will find clutch plays before the Dolphins do. Take New York at home; the Jets will be motivated to win before their bye week.

NFL Football Betting Pick: New York Jets


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