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New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins Pick & Prediction OCT 18TH 2020

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The much-improved Miami Dolphins, coming off an impressive 43-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers, must protect against a letdown when the winless New York Jets visit on Sunday.

 

The rout in the Bay Area improved Miami's record to 2-3. Since starting the 2019 season 0-7, the Dolphins are 7-7.

 

Coincidentally, the turnaround started with a 26-18 victory last November over ... the Jets.

 

New York (0-5) has been a mess this season, and that continued this week when general manager Joe Douglas decided to cut running back Le'Veon Bell, who made $27.5 million while playing just 17 games for the club.

 

Bell, who had been a three-time Pro Bowl player with the Pittsburgh Steelers, rushed for just 863 yards and a 3.3-yard average with the Jets, but he was hardly New York's only problem.

 

Quarterback Sam Darnold, who missed last week's 30-10 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals due to a shoulder injury, has been ruled out for the game at Miami.

 

"There's pain every now and then, but I'm feeling a lot better," Darnold said earlier this week. "It's getting better every day."

 

Prior to the injury, Darnold had seen his numbers regress. After going 7-6 last season with 19 TDs and 13 interceptions, Darnold is 0-4 this year with three TDs and four picks.

 

Joe Flacco, who led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl victory in the 2012 season, is set to start his second consecutive game in place of Darnold.

 

Flacco, 35, is an accomplished veteran, but he hasn't had a winning season since 2017. Since then, he is 6-12 as a starter with 19 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions for three teams.

 

Meanwhile, Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick turns 38 next month, and he is playing as if he were a decade younger.

 

Fitzpatrick has three 300-yard games this season, and he is completing 70.6 percent of his passes. He is prone to taking sacks (40 last year and eight this season) and throwing interceptions (13 last year and five this season), but he also scrambles endlessly, often creating havoc on defenses.

 

Fitzpatrick is playing behind a rebuilt offensive line. At right tackle, rookie second-round pick Robert Hunt made his first start against the 49ers, playing every offensive snap.

 

"He showed himself well," Dolphins second-year coach Brian Flores said. "The moment wasn't too big for him."

 

Rookie first-round pick Austin Jackson, who had been playing left tackle, is out injured. Flores moved right tackle Jesse Davis to the left side to replace Jackson, creating the opening for Hunt. Miami is also starting a rookie at right guard, fourth-round pick Solomon Kindley.

 

The big story for the Dolphins' defense is the play of star cornerback Xavien Howard, who has one interception in each of his past three games. Howard shared the NFL lead with seven interceptions in 2018 but was limited to just five games last year due to a knee injury.

 

"That dude always seems to find a way to get the ball," Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones said of Howard, who has 15 interceptions in his past 27 games. "It's cool to be out there with one of the best."

 

Howard and Jones, who both made the Pro Bowl in 2018, will look to shut down a Jets passing game that has just wide receiver Jamison Crowder in terms of reliable playmakers. In just three games this year, Crowder has 22 catches for 335 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Miami, meanwhile, has three pass-catching playmakers: wide receivers DeVante Parker (team-high 26 catches for 329 yards) and Preston Williams (team-high 19.5-yard average per reception) and tight end Mike Gesicki (18 catches, 15.6 average).

 

--Field Level Media

 

New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins

Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed three touchdown passes as the host Miami Dolphins won their third straight game, defeating the winless New York Jets 24-0 on Sunday afternoon.

It was Miami's first shutout over New York since the 1982 postseason, and the game also marked the NFL debut of rookie first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa, who went 2-for-2 for nine yards while playing in garbage time.

The Dolphins (3-3), who have won five straight Hard Rock Stadium games against the Jets, were led by Fitzpatrick, who completed 18-of-27 passes -- including a shovel toss with his off (left) hand while under duress -- for 191 yards. He was intercepted twice.

Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard intercepted a pass for the fourth straight game, tying a franchise record.

Jets safety Marcus Maye also had an interception, and it was spectacular as he caught it up against his back.

New York (0-6) is the only winless team in the NFL, and Sunday's loss amped up the pressure on Jets coach Adam Gase -- formerly of the Dolphins -- who is considered on the hot seat to be fired.

The Jets played without quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder) for the second straight week. Left tackle Mekhi Becton was also out (shoulder).

Jets fill-in quarterback Joe Flacco, who entered the game 7-0 in his career against Miami, took the loss, completing 21 of 44 passes for 186 yards and one interception. New York was outgained 302 to 263.

The Dolphins were without starting linebacker Kyle Van Noy (foot, groin injuries). His replacement, Andrew Van Ginkel, left in the second quarter due to a possible concussion.

Miami, playing as the favorite for the first time in 21 games, had the only score of the first quarter. Fitzpatrick completed a 4-yard pass to tight end Adam Shaheen, who got into the end zone for the second straight week. On this play, Shaheen slipped out by running laterally behind the line of scrimmage.

The Dolphins went into halftime with a 21-0 lead as Fitzpatrick tossed two more TD passes. First, he threw a 3-yard slant to Preston Williams, who beat rookie cornerback Lamar Jackson. Then, with 1:53 left in the half, Fitzpatrick threw a 4-yarder to tight end Durham Smythe, who was alone.

Miami extended its lead to 24-0 with the only points of the third quarter -- Jason Sanders' 24-yard field goal.

Neither team converted a third-down conversion until the Jets did it on a play when the ball was snapped with 10:47 left in the game. To that point, New York was 1 of 13 on third downs, and Miami was 0 of 7. The Jets finished 2 of 17 while the Dolphins were 1 of 9.

But New York's last drive ended on downs at Miami's 7-yard line with 2:27 left in the game. Tagovailoa and the Dolphins then ran out the clock.

--Field Level Media

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