Antonio Cromartie: Jets are better than Dolphins

As far as the standings are concerned, the Jets and Dolphins are complete opposites.

Just don’t tell Antonio Cromartie.

The veteran cornerback said Thursday that the Jets were better than the Dolphins during the first meeting — a 23-3 defeat — and still remain the superior squad.

“I felt like we were the better team then,” Cromartie said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “Do I feel like we’re a better team now? Yeah, we’re running the ball better and we’re playing the pass a whole lot better. I think the biggest thing for us is to put it all together and win a game on the road.”

New York’s home loss to Miami on Dec. 1 was the last of a three-game losing streak that torpedoed Gang Green’s playoff aspirations. The 7-8 Jets are mathematically eliminated from postseason contention, while the 8-7 Dolphins remain very much alive.

Not for long, says Cromartie.

“This is our last game of the year,” he said. “We want to make sure it’s their last game, too.”

The Fins can clinch the AFC’s final wildcard spot with a win and some help — either a Ravens loss or Chargers victory. For Gang Green, the rematch presents an opportunity to avenge end-of-the-season losses to the Dolphins in 2008 and 2011, both of which sent the Jets home for the winter.

“It’s pretty much our Super Bowl,” Jets quarterback Geno Smith said.

Zack Kelberman
An award-winning sportswriter, reporter and blogger, Zack currently serves as the Miami Dolphins live correspondent and Team Stream curator for Bleacher Report. He's also a freelance NFL writer and the founder/editor-in-chief of Helmet2Helmet. His work has appeared on media outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, MSN.com, FanSided.com, and About.com. Zack can be reached on Twitter (@ZackKelberman) or via email (zpkelb@gmail.com).