Game 11 – Dolphins @ Jets

Somethings gotta give. The Dolphins and Jets are tied at 55-55 with 1 tie in their history. Sunday’s game against the Jets will have one franchise slightly ahead of the other. The reports are that long time veteran Joe Flacco will be the starting QB in this matchup. It appears as if the Jets want to win this game, rather than give Mike White who looked like Superman against the Bengals but then played like Clark Kent against the Buffalo Bills. It seems as if the Jets have had enough of that fairy tale. The fact that Zach Wilson isn’t playing means the Jets want the “W” rather than see more of their rookie QB Zach Wilson. Maybe the Dolphins defensive efforts against the Ravens has Jets HC Robert Saleh thinking he’d rather not subject his young QB to that type of punishment. It could well be a combination of both.

The Dolphins are riding the crest of a 2 game win streak as they fly north to play their division rivals. These two teams know each other backwards and forwards, they play twice a year and couldn’t be any more familiar than they already are. The Jets are struggling on both sides of the ball, 26th in the NFL scoring 17.9 PPG and 32nd in the NFL on defense allowing 32.9 PPG. The Dolphins in comparison are also not NFL royalty as they are 28th offensively scoring only 17.7 PPG and on defense have improved recently to 24th, allowing 25.2 PPG. Basically, not much of a difference between the 3-7 Dolphins and the 2-7 Jets.

Flacco over the years has had success against the Dolphins, a 6-1 record, but the 6 victories were when Flacco was a member of the Baltimore Ravens. Flacco’s only meeting with the Dolphins as Jets QB was last year in October when the Dolphins defense hounded Flacco, so much so he finished with a 50.0 QBR completing less than 50% of his pass attempts and finished with no TD’s and 1 INT. The Dolphins would love nothing better to repeat that performance on Sunday.

The Jets best offensive player thus far this season has been their rookie RB Michael Carter. The Jets took Carter in the 4th RD last year he’s been a spark on this offense. On the other end of the scale, their most disappointing player has been WR Denzel Mims. Much like the Dolphins hoped DeVante Parker would play like it was 2019, the Jets hoped Denzel Mims would finally emerge as their big target WR. Mims 6’3 207 was a 2nd RD pick in 2020 and he hasn’t shown the Jets a whole lot to build on. He has only 7 receptions for 129 yards on the season. He’s on pace to finish with less production than last season as he had 23 receptions for 357 yards. Mims has yet to score an NFL TD. Surely now, it will happen this week. I have that kind of power! FWIW, Mims in COVID-19 status and may miss the game, so I guess he may not score that TD after all.

Last week, the defense was the story. I don’t mind if that continues but my hope is the Dolphins offense shows a little something Sunday. I’d love Tua to have a strong game and I’d love to see us run the ball effectively and more often. If anyone is interested, since Jakeem Grant’s departure, Jevon Holland is just a tick behind Grant on punt returns, Grant averaged 8.3 YPR while Holland is at 7.0 YPR. Kick returns show a larger disparity with Grant averaging 23 yards per return while Waddle is averaging 18.3 YPR and Gaskin 14.5 YPR. To be fair, it’s such a small sample it’s nearly irrelevant, only 2 returns for Grant and 8 combined for Waddle and Gaskin. Kickoffs are almost routinely sailing into the endzone for touchbacks. All hail NFL SAFETY!!!!

The Dolphins are most likely not involved in an AFC playoff race and our division rival New England Patriots have opened up a lead on us at 7-4. We do potentially have a “soft” schedule for the next 4 facing the Jets this weekend and again December 19th with the Carolina Panthers (5-5) and the NY Giants (3-6) sandwiched in between. We can revisit this in 4 weeks and see where we’re at. If we’re 7-7, I’ll think we’re a hot team winning 6 in a row, but then we face the Saints and 2 AFC power teams, the Titans and the Patriots. Let’s just take care of one team at a time shall we, beat the Jets this weekend and we’ll take it from there.


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321 Responses to Game 11 – Dolphins @ Jets

  1. Ken says:

    Entrapment would be more along the lines where the police are operating the massage parlor and are actively enticing an otherwise reluctant participant to pay for services

  2. The Flying Pig says:

    If it makes you feel better ORob

    I would take Watson over Tim Boyle if those were my choices

  3. ocalarob says:

    Ken says:
    November 21, 2021 at 11:41 am
    Can’t negotiate a contract until after a trade unless the Texans permit that which they have not to date

    i can guarantee that if this deal were to happen they would definitely renegotiate watsons deal as part of the trade.
    it wouldn’t be possible any other way, we have too many FA’s and holes to fill.

    • Ken says:

      Again it presumes Watson would renegotiate and there has never been any indication he would. He wants to come to Miami for 40 million tax free reasons. You think he cares about the needs of his team?

      • ocalarob says:

        now your painting a portrait with a roller!

        trust me, if he’s traded here, he will not be going to miami under his current contract.
        his contract is why Houston will be forced to dump him.

      • Ken says:

        Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. He crippled one team with his contract what makes you think he will be any different with another team?

      • ocalarob says:

        Houston is a horrible place to play, just ask andre johnson, did you witness their moves, getting rid of hopkins for that RB? giving away their draft for Tunsil.

        there’s a different side to every coin, you never heard anything bad about him till last year, as far as wanting to get out of Houston, i can’t blame him.

      • ocalarob says:

        also Miami is very contract saavy, they will never give him a no-trade clause, neither will any other team.
        that just goes to show you the stupidity of the texans F.O.

    • Ken says:

      So now you trust Ross and the FO to handle the contract situation with Watson? I mean they have done such a great job handling the talent on this team

  4. ocalarob says:

    Let’s get back to reality, ok how will Tua fare today?
    I hope he plays good, i hope he can stay on the field.
    i want to see how he handles this offense in the next four games against teams who are sub .500

    give him a chance. can he actually carry this offense against poor teams? or does he have to rely on the defense to carry him?

    will we score more than a TD and FG offensively?

    We shall see

  5. Mike E. says:

    Rob, I want a dominant win today. I want that defense to pick up where they left off. No setbacks, just torture the offense. I want to see Tua have a nice day, hit a few passes longer than 15-20 yards in the air. That would be great to see

  6. ocalarob says:

    I guess i’m off to Hooters to watch the game,

  7. Mike E. says:

    GAMEDAY blog is up when you need it . . .

  8. stangerx says:

    “I guess i’m off to Hooters to watch the game.”

    Makes sense. And I can’t throw stones, many visits to Hooters and strip clubs on my resume.

  9. The Flying Pig says:

    Let’s go Dolphins

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