READY FOR A BEATING
Week 6 Game Preview
Week 6 and the Miami Dolphins host the winless New York Jets, or should they be renamed the No Hope Jets, as they are a raging dumpster fire being coached by Adam Gase who is on borrowed time, how many more losses can the team stomach before they cut ties with the man that was once dubbed one of the most promising new head coaches when he took over the Dolphins not that many moons ago. It seems that he isn’t cut out as a head coach and will probably finish up going back to being an offensive co-ordinator if anybody will have him. The problem being, his offenses have never really lit up the NFL and one has to wonder, has he lost his way?
We expect this game won’t make his life any easier, for the first time this season the Dolphins are the favourites, and why shouldn’t they be as the Jets really aren’t that good. We say this with slight caution because the Dolphins aren’t world beaters just yet, they still have holes that can be exploited but that requires players too attack those holes, the Jets don’t really have anybody on the roster currently that can do that.
Now that Miami has Xavien Howard and Bryon Jones back in the fold we can’t see how the Jets group of receivers are going to have any impact on the game. New York have the 30th ranked passing offense and it isn’t hard to see why. Jamison Crowder is the only receiver worth worrying about on the team and is their go to guy, behind him the production falls of the edge off a cliff. They have household names like Breshard Perriman, Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith; in fact that is it as Chris Hogan is on IR. Beyond that they have tight end Chris Herndon who has amassed 98 yards on 13 catches. That pretty much sums up the Jets pass catchers, not a scary bunch which shouldn’t give the Dolphins secondary that much trouble.
Trying to get the ball to them and handing it off is Joe Flacco, as Sam Darnold is still dealing with an injury. Flacco is a serviceable back up who has had success against the Dolphins in the past, but he was on a far more talented Ravens team then, we aren’t going to mistake the Jets for the Ravens any time soon. We would say his one saving grace is that he is playing behind a reasonably solid offensive line but that isn’t really the case, they have allowed 15 sacks so far and with starting left tackle Mekhi Becton questionable it may get uncomfortable for him. As we saw last week, good pass coverage creates more sack opportunities, we see no reason why this should be any different against New York.
We haven’t mentioned the big story of the week, the news that disgruntled running back Le’Veon Bell was released after a fairly uneventful stint with the team. That now leaves Frank Gore as the clear number one back with La’Mical Perine providing the aged wonder with relief when needed. Gore is now in his sixteenth year which is unheard of for a starting running back, one has to wonder how much longer he can go on. His average yards per carry has been on a steady decline since 2012, the only uptick being when he played for the Dolphins in 2018. He is currently averaging 3.2 YPG so shouldn’t give the Dolphins banged up defensive front that much to worry about.
How are the Dolphins going to win this game, in pretty much the same fashion as last week as the Jets secondary are allowing opposing QB’s a completion percentage of 72.3% which is almost bottom of the pile, it doesn’t get any better unsurprisingly when you look at the QB rating which sits at 100.2. Ryan Fitzpatrick on paper should have another great outing providing he doesn’t give away too many interceptions. It shouldn’t however be because he will be under duress because the Jets haven’t figured out a way to get to the quarterback, thus far. Their sack leaders are safety Marcus Maye and D lineman Quinnen Williams who have two sacks each. The improved Dolphins offensive line shouldn’t have too many problems, potentially Fitzpatrick could finish the game with a clean jersey. If everything goes to plan this should be another win for the Dolphins, stranger things have happened but probably not this week, bring on the Jets!