8:30 PM ET, December 25, 2006
8:30 PM ET, December 25, 2006
NY Jets (8-6) at Miami (6-8) Monday 8:30 pm EST
MIAMI (Ticker) -- Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor does not believe the New York Jets are a better football team than the Miami Dolphins. He can try to prove it on the field when the AFC East rivals meet Monday.
The Jets are contending for a playoff spot while the Dolphins have been eliminated. New York won the first meeting between the teams, 20-17, on October 15.
Yet Taylor, who was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time on Tuesday, thinks his team is better.
"They (the Jets) won the first game, but the Jets aren't a better football team than us," Taylor said.
Taylor will match up against rookie left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, the fourth overall pick in the draft.
After finishing 4-12 last season under Herman Edwards, the Jets have doubled their win total under first-year coach Eric Mangini and are tied with Jacksonville, Denver and Cincinnati in the race for the last two wild-card spots.
New York also has a slim chance to win the AFC East title, but is two games behind New England with two to play.
Ronnie Brown ran for 127 yards on 22 carries for Miami. But Brown has missed the last three games with an injured thumb.
Coles is second in the AFC in catches with 87 for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns, but was not selected to the Pro Bowl.
The only Jet named was kick returner Justin Miller, who is averaging 28.7 yards with two touchdowns.
Joining Taylor in the Pro Bowl will be middle linebacker Zach Thomas, who was named for the eighth time.
Last week, Pennington threw for a career-high 339 yards and one touchdown in the Jets' 26-13 win at Minnesota. It was the Jets' fifth win in seven road games.
Harrington completed just 5-of-17 passes for 20 yards and was intercepted twice in blustery conditions as the Dolphins lost at Buffalo, 21-0, last week.
This will mark the third time the Dolphins will play on Christmas Day. In 1994, they defeated Detroit, 27-20, at Dolphins Stadium. But the most famous one was a 27-24 double-overtime win at Kansas City in a 1971 playoff game.
New York holds a 42-38-1 edge in the all-time series, which dates to Miami's entrance into the old AFL in 1966.
Jets playing for playoff lives
The New York Jets have won four out of the last six games since the bye week. Eric Mangini's Jets will no longer surprise any teams, writers or fans down the stretch run. The job that Mangini has done is remarkable considering the preseason expectations. The Jets must win the last two games to put them in position for postseason play.
The Miami Dolphins had been playing well since their bye week, but stumbled hard versus another efficient AFC east team (Buffalo). Miami is building for the 2007 season, while the Jets are fighting for their playoff lives. Look for a hardnosed game between two well coached teams that have tons of pride.
|Avg Points Allowed||19.5||17.1|
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||NYJ|
|Rush Yds Allowed||NYJ|
|NY Jets leads 8-4|
|Oct 15, 2006||NYJ 20, MIA 17|
|Dec 18, 2005||NYJ 20, @MIA 24|
|Sep 18, 2005||NYJ 17, MIA 7|
|Nov 1, 2004||NYJ 41, MIA 14|
|Oct 3, 2004||NYJ 17, @MIA 9|
|Dec 28, 2003||NYJ 21, @MIA 23|
|Sep 14, 2003||NYJ 10, MIA 21|
|Nov 10, 2002||NYJ 13, MIA 10|
|Sep 22, 2002||NYJ 3, @MIA 30|
|Nov 18, 2001||NYJ 24, @MIA 0|
|Oct 14, 2001||NYJ 21, MIA 17|