8: Dolphins vs. Jets
Dates: Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. ET and Sunday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. ET
Compelling story line: The Jets were the No. 2 team in the AFC East for three years. They progressively took steps back over the past two seasons, though, which allowed the Dolphins to slide into the No. 2 spot. The Joe Philbin-Ryan Tannehill Era is in Year 2, in a similar spot to where the Jets were in Year 2 of the Rex Ryan-Mark Sanchez regime, with high expectations.
The Jets defense has entered a transitional phase without cornerback Darrelle Revis, linebacker Bart Scott, nose tackle Sione Pouha, defensive end Mike DeVito, and safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, but they have been a solid pass defense with moving pieces in the past, and finished with a 78.2 defensive passer rating in 2012 (seventh in the NFL). It's a credit to Rex Ryan's defensive genius, and Tannehill will have his hands full.
Interesting stat: The Jets and Dolphins combined for six turnovers in their two games in 2012.
Bold prediction: The teams will combine for at least 10 turnovers in their two games.