Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the New York Jets-Miami Dolphins Week 9 game, with the line from OddsShark.
New York Jets (3-5) at (-3) Miami Dolphins (3-4), Sunday, 1 p.m.
Mike: Dolphins. In its two games before the bye, Miami proved it can be an effective offense when Ryan Tannehill has time to throw the ball. Between that, and the emergence of Jay Ajayi, it’s hard to see the struggling Jets keeping pace here.
Ricky: Dolphins. The Dolphins will find it much more difficult to control the clock against the Jets’ top-ranked run defense, which means Ryan Tannehill will need to make plays through the air. Fortunately for Miami, New York’s pass defense is extremely vulnerable with an aging Darrelle Revis.
Andre: Dolphins. Ajayi probably won’t rush for 200 in this one against a Jets run defense allowing the fewest yards per play this season (3.3). But the Dolphins have a 7.8 sack percentage (third-best) and despite already having a bye and playing one fewer game than most teams, they lead the NFL in hurries with 62 — nine more than the Giants, who have the second-most hurries. Good luck, Ryan Fitzpatrick.
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