National Football League
Preview
Miami at N.Y. Jets
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 16, 2018
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

The hysteria surrounding New York Jets rookie Sam Darnold has been ratcheted up mere moments after the completion of the 2018 NFL Draft, with the tabloids' loud headlines doing little to silence an enthusiastic fan base that has seen plenty of mediocrity at the quarterback position. After a promising season-opening performance, Darnold will make his home debut on Sunday as the Jets host the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium.

"It's only been one game. To sit here and say whether he's great or whether he's trash or whether he's anything else, it's way too early for that," New York coach Todd Bowles said of Darnold, who completed 16 of 21 passes and threw two touchdown passes in a 48-17 romp of Detroit on Monday. Robby Anderson made the most of his lone target by reeling in a 41-yard scoring strike against the Lions, and the wideout bids for a fourth straight game with a touchdown versus the Dolphins. While Darnold has become an overnight sensation in a New York minute, Miami needed over seven hours to post a season-opening 27-20 win over Tennessee -- due in a large part to a pair of lightning delays. Ryan Tannehill completed 20 of 28 passes for 230 yards with two touchdowns and as many interceptions while playing for the first time since sustaining a knee injury during the late stages of the 2016 season.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Jets -3. O/U: 44

ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (1-0): Named one of the team captains this season, Kenny Stills led by example against the Titans by catching four of five targets for 106 yards and two scores -- highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown reception. The 26-year-old's multi-score game was his first since Oct. 22, when he had six catches in Miami's 31-28 win over New York. Fellow wideout DeVante Parker (broken finger) looks to make his season debut versus the Jets, against whom the former first-round draft pick had eight receptions for 76 yards and a score in a 20-6 loss on Sept. 24. Defensive end Cameron Wake lit up New York with 2 1/2 sacks in the most recent encounter to raise his total to 6 1/2 in his past four meetings.

ABOUT THE JETS (1-0): The opportunistic defense picked off Matthew Stafford five times on Monday, an impressive total considering New York had just 11 interceptions last season -- with four coming against Miami. Darron Lee created headlines by claiming the defense knew Stafford's signals, prompting Bowles to pour water on his linebacker's claim. "We didn't know any audibles and we didn't know any plays," Bowles said. "Those guys did a good job following out their assignments that the coaches taught them." Lee, who matched Buster Skrine with a team-high seven tackles, had two interceptions against the Lions and 11 tackles and a forced fumble versus Miami on Oct. 22.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Miami WR/KR Jakeem Grant was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after totaling 125 yards on two kickoff returns -- including a 102-yard scamper for a touchdown.

2. New York RB Isaiah Crowell rushed for two touchdowns in the season opener and is averaging a league-best 10.2 yards per carry.

3. Dolphins S Reshad Jones recorded his first career multi-interception performance on Sunday.

PREDICTION: Jets 20, Dolphins 16
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Miami 1-0 W1 27.0 20.0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 - - 1-0
N.Y. Jets 1-0 W1 48.0 17.0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0-0
Last Meeting
Miami N.Y. Jets
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/22/17 NYJ 28 MIA 31 357 53 304 272 92 180
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Miami M. Moore 61.9 188 2 1
N.Y. Jets J. McCown 63.0 209 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Miami J. Ajayi 23 51 2.2 0
N.Y. Jets B. Powell 9 43 4.8 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Miami J. Landry 7 93 13.3 1
N.Y. Jets M. Forte 5 41 8.2 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Miami K. Stills 2
N.Y. Jets R. Anderson 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Miami R. Tannehill 71.4 230 2 2
N.Y. Jets S. Darnold 76.2 198 2 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Miami F. Gore 9 61 6.8 0
N.Y. Jets I. Crowell 10 102 10.2 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Miami K. Stills 4 106 26.5 2
N.Y. Jets Q. Enunwa 6 63 10.5 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Miami K. Stills 2
N.Y. Jets I. Crowell 2