New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins Matchup Preview 11/3/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Jets are heading to Miami this week to take on the Dolphins. The Jets looked strong with the return of Darnold against the Cowboys, beating them by two points in a huge upset win. However, since then, they’ve gone back to their losing ways. Their defense is one of the better defenses in the league, but their offense hasn’t been able to keep up with the other teams they’ve been playing. They have just about the best matchup possible, however, as they’re playing the Dolphins this week. The Dolphins actually showed promise on Monday against the Steelers, putting up 14 unanswered points to start the game. They weren’t able to maintain the lead however, and soon the Steelers defense swallowed their offense up and James Conner ran through their defense. I’m expecting the Jets to win this matchup as I think their defense will be able to hold the Dolphins to few points. Click here for more details and betting information on the Jets at Dolphins matchup.
Date: Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM PST
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
Jets: Steve McLendon (Q), Brian Winters (Q), Josh Bellamy (Q), Braxton Berrios (Q), Demaryius Thomas (Q), Albert McClellan (O), Rontez Miles (Q), Chris Herndon (Q), Neville Hewitt (Q0, C.J. Mosley (Q), Henry Anderson (Q), Trumaine Johnson (Q), Kelvin Beachum (Q), Trenton Cannon (Q), Ryan Kalil (Q), John-Franklin Myers (O)
Dolphins: Albert Wilson (Q), Robert Nkemdiche (Q), Walk Aikens (Q), Bobby McCain (Q), Aqib Talib (O), Avery Moss (Q), Reshad Jones (Q), Xavien Howard (O), Daniel Kilgore (Q), Ken Webster (Q)
New York Jets Analysis
Darnold has been having a rough go of it lately. In week 8 against the Jaguars Darnold threw 21-30 for 218 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions, netting him a passer rating of 73.3. This adds up to 7 interceptions over the past 2 weeks alone, as he threw four against the Patriots in week 7. His offensive line hasn’t been helping him out. In week 8, Darnold was sacked eight times. It’s a big ask to expect a quarterback to play a great game when he’s sacked 8 times and under a lot of pressure. If there ever was a defense against which a team like this could redeem itself however, Miami is the one. This is an especially good matchup based on how bad Miami has been against the run. They have allowed an average 160.4 yards per carry. Despite a weak offense Le’Veon Bell has still been pretty consistent on the ground. He’s going to have a great chance to have a big game against the Dolphins, and is going to be a great option for the Jets if Darnold isn’t playing well on Sunday.
I think the Jets are going to get their win this week on the defensive side of the ball. Despite a 1-6 record, the Jets defense has been strong this year. They allow an average of 5.2 yards per play (10th least in the league), 3.3 yards per carry (2nd fewest in the league_ and have allowed an average 89.1 passer rating (14th in the league). The Dolphins are a turnover machine with 17 on the season and are 32nd in points per game with 11 on average. I think the Jets offense is going to have a relatively easy time holding the Dolphins back on Sunday night, and that’s where they’re going to get their win.
New York Jets Depth Chart
QB: Sam Darnold
RB1: Le’Veon Bell
RB2: Elijah McGuire
WR1: Robby Anderson
WR2: Josh Bellamy
WR3: Jamison Crowder
TE: Chris Herndon
Miami Dolphins Analysis
The Dolphins offense looked the best they have this season in the beginning of their game last Monday against the Steelers. They put up 14 unanswered points fairly quickly without allowing the Steelers to score, but those were the only points they scored all season. Eventually, they let the Steelers sneak back and take the win from them, scoring 27 unanswered points. The Dolphins offense has been really weak this year. They score an average of 11 points per game, worst in the league. They get an average of 254.6 yards per game, which is second worst in the league. They have a tough matchup this week against the Jets defense which has been pretty strong this year, and I don’t have a ton of hope for them. They rarely look good, and when they do, they can’t maintain that success for very long. Even if they were to come out with a strong start on Sunday, which they did against the Steelers, their offense will most likely be shut down pretty quickly.
The Dolphins are similarly weak on defense. Fortunately, they’re going up against Sam Darnold this week, who has been playing fairly poorly. This might be a bit of a saving grace for the Dolphins defense, but they’re going to have to look out for the run game. In week 8 they let James Conner run for 145 yards and a touchdown off of his 23 carries, an average of 6.3 yards per carry. While Bell hasn’t been putting up the numbers we’re used to from him, he’s still a very talented back is most likely going to do a lot against this Miami defense. Their defense is going to need to step up their game. The Jets aren’t a very strong offense, so it’s a good opportunity for their defense to get a good performance in and potentially get a win.
Miami Dolphins Depth Chart
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB1: Mark Walton
RB2: Kalen Ballage
WR1: DeVante Parker
WR2: Jakeem Grant
WR3: Albert Wilson
TE: Nick O’Leary
If you have Le’Veon Bell on your team but have been sitting him in place of more productive backs, Sunday might be a great day to let him see the starting lineup. As stated previously, the Dolphins have allowed an average 160.4 yards per game on the ground. While Le’Veon Bell might not be putting up numbers as good as we’re used to seeing from him, I think Sunday is going to be an exception and he’s going to have a great game. The Jets defense might be a good pickup if they’re available in your league, as the Dolphins have been pretty easy to stop, and have the second most turnovers among teams this season. Mark Walton, running back for the Dolphins, might also be a good waiver wire pickup if you’re looking for a back, as he’s their new starting back since Kenyan Drake left the Dolphins.