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Game Snapshot

KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET
SURFACE: Grass
TV: ESPN (Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden)
SERIES: 87th regular-season meeting. Jets lead series 46-39-1. Teams split the series in 2008, with each winning on the road. This will be the ninth Monday Night Football meeting between the teams, with the Jets holding a 6-3 edge. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Jets are counting on the acquisition of WR Braylon Edwards to change how defenses gameplan due to the big-play threat he brings. But the offense still starts with the running game, especially as rookie QB Mark Sanchez attempts to rebound from a four-turnover game. Miami has a similar strategy, and rushed for 250 yards in QB Chad Henne's first career start. The Wildcat produced 58 yards on nine plays last weekend, and the key will be whether the Jets' 3-4 scheme that features a lot of pre-snap movement handles its run fits correctly. FAST FACTS: The Jets have a three-game winning streak at Miami. ... The Dolphins' 39 all-time wins on Monday nights is second behind Dallas' 42. ... Miami will wear orange uniforms for just the third time in franchise history.

Personnel News

Jets:
  • WR Braylon Edwards was satisfied with his first day of practice and believes he already has a grasp of the Jets' playbook. Much of the terminology is somewhat similar to what he was used to in Cleveland.
  • WR Brad Smith figures to get more balls thrown to him now that Chansi Stuckey is gone. The same may not hold true for David Clowney, who was the lone speed threat on the team until Braylon Edwards arrived.
  • CB Lito Sheppard (quadriceps) was limited in practice Thursday, but he is expected to play at Miami on Monday. He has missed two consecutive games.
  • CB Donald Strickland (ankle) didn't practice Thursday and hasn't practiced since being injured Sept. 20 against New England. It appears he likely will miss his third consecutive game. Dwight Lowery is likely to take his place in nickel and dime packages.
  • RT Damien Woody, who hurt his right ankle at New Orleans on Sunday, didn't practice Thursday. His status for Monday's game is uncertain. Wayne Hunter would replace him if Woody can't go. Dolphins:
  • OLB Joey Porter, who missed his first game since the 2006 season with a strained right hamstring, was back at practice Thursday and appeared to be running with some stiffness during media viewing. The breakout game by CFL import Cameron Wake last week (three sacks and a forced fumble) gives the Dolphins more depth in their pass-rushing schemes.
  • OL Shawn Murphy, who has worked predominately at right guard in his first two seasons, is working with the second team at left guard behind starter Justin Smiley, with practice squadder Andrew Hartline at second team right guard.
  • OL Nate Garner, who played a lot last week behind starting right guard, is also the backup right tackle, and Andrew Gardner continues to work as the second team LG. Garner, a former seventh-round pick of the Jets, has been used as a tackle-eligible on the goal line in the last two games.
  • DE Phillip Merling, who had his left ankle in a boot earlier this week, also returned to practice.
  • ILB Akin Ayodele, who has been nursing a sore back the last few weeks and sat out practice Wednesday, returned Thursday.
  • CB Will Billingsley, a two-year practice squadder who was arrested and released Monday after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, practiced on Thursday.

    Inside the Camps

    Jets: By Monday night, Braylon Edwards will be spending only his fifth full day with his new team, the Jets. But both he and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer see no reason why he shouldn't be able to contribute against Miami. "It's interesting because he has a pretty good grasp of what we're doing," said Schottenheimer, who has worked with the two most recent Cleveland offensive coordinators, Rob Chudzinski (with the Chargers) and Brian Daboll (with the Jets). "A lot of the terminology, some of it is identical; a lot of it is close. With Brian Daboll leaving here and going to Cleveland, he kept some of the things. It's amazing, even in the walk-through, going through some things with Braylon and Mark (Sanchez). (Edwards) is ahead just because when we call things, he's heard it called before. It's not 100 percent, but there is quite a bit of carryover." So Schottenheimer indicated that the entire playbook, or close to it, should be in play for Edwards by Monday night, as did Edwards. "I've already been in this system for two years, 2007 and 2008. It's the same system," the former Brown said. "It's a couple of different names. I'll make sure I stay with those and get those down pat. They're giving me all the chances, and they're breaking everything down. We've been working well together so far. I did some studying (Wednesday) night, came in early (Thursday), then practiced. Any time there wasn't a period for us (Sanchez and Edwards), we're working on things. I feel pretty confident. ... We have a lot of time before game time to really beat it into me and (make sure) we are on the same page." But can Edwards recapture his Pro Bowl form of 2007? The Jets certainly didn't trade for the Edwards of 2008, when he had at least 16 dropped passes. "Any time you have a receiver of his quality, a guy with the type of size and agility he has, it's another weapon," Schottenheimer said. "Even when he (seems) covered, it doesn't mean he is covered. They were doing some one-on-ones. I looked down there and there were some deep balls (with) the (defender) kind of draped all over him and he was able to elevate and make the play. He's a guy that has instant credibility because he has produced in the league, with the (16) touchdowns he had two years ago. A number of 80-plus-catch years. It's somebody else that (opponents) have to be mindful of when they're scouting us." And the drops? "I looked at his catches from last year, I believe," Schottenheimer said. "As far as the dropped passes, I have no idea. I haven't studied or looked at it. "He did really good" on his first day of practice, Schottenheimer added. "I think there was one (drop), but it was a little high. If you ask Braylon, he'll say he should have caught it. If you ask Mark, he'd probably say he should have thrown it a little lower. (Edwards) really did have a good day. We're excited about it." Added Edwards, "I went out there and performed what they gave me, which was the bulk of the plays. I performed and didn't have many mistakes. All we can do is build on today. ... I feel pretty confident." That's nothing new for Edwards. Dolphins: One of the main reasons the Dolphins signed former Raiders center Jake Grove to a $29 million free-agent deal in the offseason was to neutralize Jets' mammoth nose tackle Kris Jenkins and enhance the inside rushing attack. Along with second-year right guard Donald Thomas, Grove has already had a huge impact on the Dolphins top-ranked rushing attack (183.5 yards per game), but it's imperative that the Dolphins continue to pound the ball against the 13th-ranked Jets' run defense so that coach Rex Ryan can't unleash his myriad of blitz packages against Miami quarterback Chad Henne, who was sacked six times in his first start last week against the Bills. "They do a little bit of everything like putting defensive tackles next to strong safeties. We just got to get a hat on a hat, find out where the overload is and pick them up," Grove said. "It's going to come down to a lot of film study this week between me and Chad, but we'll pick it up." A Ryan-led Ravens defense not only stuffed the Dolphins' Wildcat in two Baltimore victories last season, it held their running attack to a paltry 2.8 yards per carry. RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams had two of their worst games of the season, as Brown gained 19 yards on 12 carries, while Williams gained 17 yards on four carries in the playoff loss. In the regular-season loss, Brown gained just 27 yards on 13 carries, and Williams had 16 yards on four attempts. Jets' linebacker Bart Scott was an integral component of that Ravens' defense that declawed the Wildcat last season. "Every game, just because you did something last year does not mean that you can do it this year. We have to go out there and be fundamentally sound, and do what we do against it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't," Scott said. "You can't fill every gap when they have 11 blockers; it's 11 on 11, not 10 against 11 when you have a quarterback. It's not that simple. If it was that simple, everybody would just rush eight-man blitz in every gap. But, of course I won't give you the secret to shutting it down." Just as the Dolphins hope to keep the pressure off Henne by running effectively, their second-ranked run defense will attempt to stuff the Jets' ninth-ranked (130.5 yards per game) running attack of Thomas Jones and Leon Washington to put the same onus on rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. Jones had 101 yards against Miami in last year's season-opening victory by the Jets, but just 23 yards on 10 attempts in their season finale loss. "They are outstanding against the run, so are we on defense and both teams like to run the ball, so something is going to happen out there. It is probably not going be for the meek on either side of the ball. ... They are powerful runs, they are power runs. A lot like us that way and two good defenses so there will be a lot of bumping out there," coach Tony Sparano said. PREDICTION: Jets 24-17
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