While environmentalists and nature lovers worry if the New Jersey dolphins that are now living in the state’s rivers and tributaries will survive the winter, sports fans from the Garden State have a different concern with a similar same animal. This beast is called the Miami Dolphin and according to reliable reports, the animal likes to roam level, grassy athletic fields in packs of eleven and devour opposing offenses and defenses.
Informed observers expect the school of Dolphins to show up at the “Meadowlands” at precisely four-fifteen in the afternoon on Sunday March 28th at which time it will engage the “New York Jets” in a classic gridiron duel. The outcome of this final season game could well determine who goes to the playoffs, as the division champion of the AFC East.
All that Miami has to do is win on Sunday. That settles it. Case closed. If Miami beats the Jets, then they will be hosting one of the wild card teams back in the warm confines of southern Florida. Actually temperatures at kickoff time in New Jersey should be rather balmy, but no matter what the weather the Dolphins are going to have to find a way to contain Brett Favre and a rejuvenated Jets team. The team is still in the hunt for a playoff berth and no one is expecting the veteran with the bullet arm to go down easy, especially the defensive unit of the Miami Dolphins.
However, the Jets have two other problems to deal with if they wish to advance to next weeks round of post-season play. The first and foremost is the Jet’s ex-quarterback, Chad Pennington, who is now the signal caller for the feisty Miami Dolphins. Imagine that, having to face your former ace in a game that will determine who continues playing and who stays home and gets to watch the playoffs on TV.
Revenge is a powerful motivating factor and the Jets are going to be up against an extreme case of it on Sunday. They will need all the help they can get, if they want to win this one. The commanding field presence of future hall-of-famer may not be enough to derail the Dolphin express.
The other problems the Jets face are themselves. After a heavy-duty victory over the undefeated Titans, several weeks ago, sports fans everywhere thought the Jets were playoff bound. Three losses in four weeks have now made doubters out of most of these same sports fans. On the other hand the Dolphins are red hot, riding a four-game win streak into Sunday’s game.
This game has enough drama for a movie, book and stage version, but still look for a Dolphin victory at the Meadowlands on Sunday. Pennington and the “fish” are a little bit more hungry, plus they’re on a roll.