Joe Flacco sets to throw in green Jets uniform
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Spread: Dolphins -3
The maddening, confusing quarterback carousel has made for a nice storyline the last few weeks, but it doesn’t tell the tale of the Jets’ recent struggles. That story has been written by an absolutely abysmal defense that has been a complete failure over the past month.
Finally, though, the Jets defense gets a break.
After four miserable games against NFL offenses ranked in the Top 11 of the league, the Jets get the offensively challenged Dolphins who rank 29th – seven notches below the Jets – and are scoring only 17.7 points per game. Sure, this terrible Jets defense has been giving up 43.7 points per game over the last four weeks, but the Dolphins have scored 50 points in the last three weeks combined and have topped 20 points in just four of their 10 games so far.
They are the worst rushing team in the NFL and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was struggling even before he fractured a finger.
That doesn’t mean the Dolphins aren’t a threat, because … well, everyone’s a threat against this Jets defense, no matter how embarrassed they feel and how many meetings they hold. Their tackling and coverage have been horrific and their defensive line has basically been nonexistent. The Dolphins aren’t a threat to score 40, but they should be able to move the ball.
And that’s where the Jets’ latest quarterback switch comes in. Now that the magic has worn off Mike White, courtesy of the Buffalo Bills’ No. 1 ranked defense, Robert Saleh has switched gears and handed the ball to veteran Joe Flacco. He believes that the veteran is better suited to handle Miami’s “dynamic coverage system” and it’s penchant for “zero blitzes.” He thinks Flacco will be able to settle the Jets’ young offense down.
First, it’s worth noting that the Dolphins’ defense isn’t exactly the 1985 Bears. They rank 29th in the NFL and for all their blitzing they have just 21 sacks in 10 games. They…