The rivalry between the Jets and Dolphins has been one of the fiercest in the NFL since the two teams landed in the AFC East when the AFL and NFL merged in 1970. The Jets lead the series 47-42-1 and bested the Dolphins earlier this year, 31-23, but they can’t afford to falter in the race for the all-important home-field advantage in the playoffs. If Rex Ryan unleashes Mark Sanchez and emerging star Brad Smith, there will be fireworks, but Sanchez will have to watch for pressure from Miami linebacker Cameron Wake, who has been in the NFL’s top five in sacks most of the season. The fun is the crowd and, of course, beating the hated Dolphins.
Sun., Dec. 12, 4:15 p.m., 2010