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MIAMI (AP) — When the New York Jets run the ball Sunday , it will be a test of their blocking against the Miami Dolphins‘ tackling to see who’s worse.Both have been bad lately.Miami (4-4) has given up 600 yards rushing in the past three games. A defensive decline, not an injury to quarterback Ryan Tannehill , is the biggest reason the Dolphins have lost four of their past five games.“We’ve got to be better,” safety Reshad Jones said. “But there’s no time to hit the panic button right now. We’ve got a lot of football left.”The Jets (3-5) have averaged 2.8 yards per carry in the past three games while totaling 235 yards. After running back Bilal Powell suffered a season-ending neck injury in Week 7, the ground game generated just 57 yards in last week’s loss at the Chicago Bears.“I didn’t think it was good at all,” coach Todd Bowles said. “They beat us up front, and they beat us to the punch.”So it looks like an even matchup: the resistible force against the moveable object.Here are things to know about the 106th meeting between two AFC East rivals sporting two-game losing streaks:TURF WARThe Dolphins are tied for 29th in the NFL in run defense. In the past three weeks, they’ve allowed 164, 248 and 188 yards on the ground, with big plays the biggest problem.“There is no secret. There is no magic pill,” five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake said. “Each player has a gap or a man or a zone. You can do it right for 42 plays, and then on play 43 you’re not there, and in this league they’ll find that hole. They’ll find that guy who’s not doing their thing that they’re supposed to be doing. And 80 yards later …”The Jets’ recent rushing woes come after they gashed Denver in Week 5 for 323 yards, second-most in franchise history. Isaiah Crowell had a team-record 219 in that game, but in the past three weeks he has totaled just 94 yards in 37 carries.The sputtering ground attack only increases the burden on rookie quarterback Sam Darnold .“We can’t be up and down,” Bowles said. “We’ve got to be consistent at it. If we want to throw the ball consistently, we’ve got to be able to run it consistently.”SUBSTITUTETannehill will miss his fourth game in a row because of an injury to his throwing shoulder. Replacement Brock Osweiler has a slightly better passer rating than Tannehill , with six touchdown throws and three interceptions in three games.Osweiler passed for 241 yards in last week’s 42-23 loss at Houston and said he’s trying to play so well he doesn’t go back to the bench.“I had a laundry list of things after the Houston game that I want to clean up,” he said. “It was really about one page of notes. We have a great coaching staff, and they took that page of notes and turned that into drills — things I didn’t do right in the game — in hopes that we can correct those mistakes and make sure that they never happen again.”CATCH, IF YOU CANThe Jets could be shorthanded again at receiver as Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa, Darnold’s top targets, are dealing with ankle injuries.Anderson missed the game at Chicago, and Enunwa has been sidelined the past two games. Without both, New York struggled to get the passing game going against the Bears. Rookie Deontay Burnett, a former teammate of Darnold’s at USC, led the Jets with four catches for 61 yards.“You hate to see Robby go down and Q go down, but that means someone’s got to step up,” Darnold said. “It was cool for him to be able to step up the way that he did.”FINDING THE END ZONERookie tight end Chris Herndon is making catching touchdown passes a weekly thing.The fourth-round draft pick out of the University of Miami has scored in each of the past three games, joining receiver Keyshawn Johnson (1996) and tight end Thurlow Cooper (1960) as the only rookies in franchise history to accomplish the feat.Herndon is also tied with Philadelphia’s Dallas Goedert for the most touchdowns among rookie NFL tight ends with three.DEJA VUThe Jets are in a familiar spot at the halfway point, sitting at 3-5 after eight games for the third consecutive year.They’re hoping to finish better than they have the last two years, when they ended up 5-11. CINCINNATI (AP)Devon Still describes his daughter as ”your typical, soon-to-be 8-year-old.” Nothing’s typical about Leah Still , who faced long odds against reaching that eighth birthday. Or about her father Cullen Gillaspia Jersey , a former NFL defensive lineman who retired after last season and has immersed himself in a second career – helping other families deal with childhood cancer.”We call it recycling our pain,” Still said.Still retired last December after another foot injury sidetracked his career, deciding that at 28 years old, it was time to move on to something else. It was a difficult moment – he’d played football since age 13 and spent three years with the Cincinnati Bengals and one with the Houston Texans.”The most successful people know when it’s time to call audibles,” he said.Even when that means giving up a promising career that began when he was a second-round pick out of Penn State.”Since I got to the NFL in 2012, I feel it’s been a roller coaster,” Still said in a phone interview from Houston, where he now lives. ”I tell people all the time that my life has been like climbing a mountain. When I got to the top of the mountain, the view wasn’t what I thought. Making it in the NFL wasn’t what I thought. I had so many injuries.”The biggest surprise came in June 2014, when Leah – then 4 – was diagnosed with stage four of a rare cancer that affects primarily infants and young children. She was given a 50/50 chance to survive.Still shared her story through videos and interviews. Sports fans as well as people who couldn’t name an NFL team became engrossed in her struggle. Surgeons removed a tumor from her abdomen. She got chemotherapy, radiation and experimental treatments. There were setbacks and very dark days when the treatments seemed to be inadequate.More than three years later, the cancer is in remission and Leah is ”just trying to be a kid again,” as her father describes it. In addition to attending school, she’s tried gymnastics and cheerleading. She’s signed up for acting classes.And Still is trying to recycle those difficult years into helping other parents going through the same experience.He formed the Still Strong Foundation in 2015, helping families dealing with childhood cancer to cover non-medical bills so they can devote more time and resources to fighting the disease. He works with other foundations such as the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation trying to find new treatments.He’s also gone back to school as part of his second career.Still got a degree in criminal law at Penn State with the idea of helping juvenile delinquents when his football career ended. He’s working on a master’s degree in leadership at the University of Houston that will help him navigate corporate culture as he advocates for families.At times when he’s sharing his story with families, those memories of Leah’s ordeal return fresh. He’s gotten to know children who don’t survive the disease.”That’s tougher,” he said. ”I feel sometimes we suffer from survivors’ remorse.”Leah has a photogenic smile that brightens the room – people saw it in Still’s tweets during her treatments – and reminds Still of his priorities.”Honestly Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , to this day I just sit there and stare at Leah,” he said. ”I meet so many kids that pass away from this. I may have lost something I wanted so bad – being in the NFL – but I still have my daughter and that’s so much more important.”During his daughter’s ordeal in 2014, Still got home from a Bengals’ practice and saw a local television story about Lauren Hill, the Mount St. Joseph freshman who played basketball with an inoperable brain tumor. He decided to visit Lauren and brought her a Bengals jersey as a gift.”They sat and talked forever,” said Lauren’s mom, Lisa. ”It was almost like a bond, like they’d known each other longer than just meeting. I distinctively remember her saying she felt like she knew him forever. Their conversation just flowed.”After Hill scored two baskets in her first game, she visited Still at Paul Brown Stadium and gave him one of her game jerseys . Soon after, Leah met Lauren at a Bengals game. The families formed a bond as they crossed paths at various events.”Lauren’s story came out and, in kind of a weird way, you feel alone because you’re being barraged with a lot of media coverage,” said Lisa Hill, who works with The Cure Starts Now Foundation . ”As a parent, it’s nice to have that camaraderie and know you’re not alone.”It was the same for Still, who was taken aback when Lauren gave him the game jersey.”I knew they understood what I was going through,” Still said. ”Talking to Lauren and her parents put life in perspective.”A perspective that’s carrying him into his second career.—

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