Game Picks: Jets vs. Dolphins

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David Steele

Pick: Dolphins, 26-16

The Jets found new, creative ways to lose last time they met last month in Miami, but in their favor, Bryce Petty is getting his test drive, and he's coming off a win. Also in their favor is Matt Moore starting for the Dolphins in place of injured Ryan Tannehill. Any little bit helps. It likely won't help enough, not with the Dolphins eyeing a playoff spot.

Pete Prisco, Senior NFL Columnist

Pick: Dolphins, 21-17

The Dolphins will start Matt Moore here for the injured Ryan Tannehill. He is capable of winning here, but the Jets will be focused against their rivals. Even so, I don't see Bryce Petty beating the Dolphins -- even at home.

Chris Simms, NFL Lead Analyst

Pick: Dolphins, 22-17

Matt Moore isn't some scrub the Dolphins coaxed off a couch.

He's one of the better and more battle-tested backup quarterbacks in football. I don't care that he hasn't started a game in years; I trust him much more than I trust Bryce Petty on the other sideline—especially when you consider the caliber of pass rushing Petty will face Saturday.

Without Nick Mangold as traffic director, Gang Green lacks the blocking smarts to keep up with Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake's stunts and twists.

Elliot Harrison, NFL Media Analyst

Pick: Dolphins, 24-14

I like Bryce Petty. A lot. But at this point, the Jets' second-year man is not as experienced as veteran Miami backup Matt Moore, and the Dolphins have much to play for this week. They're currently the seventh seed in the AFC -- or, in other words, the best team on the outside of the playoff picture. And even that position is tenuous, to say the least. No less than the Broncos (who currently project as the final wild-card team), Ravens and Titans are eyeing that last spot. Thus, a win in New York is very much needed.

Hard to believe, but Miami has won seven of eight games. Obviously, Moore stepping in for the injured Ryan Tannehill presents an interesting twist to the back end of the season, but given that the Jets are allowing more yards per game (355.5) than they have in any season since 1989, I think the QB2 will find a few openings to exploit.

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