The Miami Dolphins will look for a three-game winning streak when they face the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Here are the five biggest storylines before the game:
1. Tua back in charge
After serving as a substitute for the last two games and coming off the bench in Thursday night’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, Tua Tagovailoa will return as a starting quarterback against the Jets. Ironically, this will be Tua’s first start against the Jets after coming off the bench for the game at Hard Rock Stadium last year and missing the rematch in New York with a thumb injury.
2. Can the offense become material?
The Dolphins’ offense has been sporadic throughout the 2021 season, but if ever there was a favorable game, this is it. The Jets have been historically bad on defense over the past four months, allowing an average of 44 points and 473 yards in their last four games. The Dolphins have yet to score 30 points in any game this season, and it certainly sounds like the game to do so.
3. This comrade of Flacco
At the start of the season, it looked like an intriguing two young QB clash between Tua and 2021 second overall pick Zach Wilson, but instead the Dolphins’ defense will face one of the NFL’s longest-serving quarterbacks. to Joe Flacco. It was truly a curious choice by first-year Jets head coach Robert Saleh to go with Flacco against Mike White or Josh Johnson given how much Flacco struggled (and looked flustered in doing so. ) when the Dolphins knocked out the Jets at Hard Rock Stadium last time. season.
4. Line O under observation
Yes we have to mention the offensive line every week as it has unfortunately been a problem almost every week. As mentioned above, the Jets have really struggled on defense, although the offensive line will still need to make sure to block talented lineman Quinnen Williams.
5. Catch Carter
While the focus has been on Wilson since the start of the season, the Jets’ top offensive rookie this year has been running back Michael Carter. The former North Carolina star leads the team in rushing distance and is tied for first in receptions. He’s also someone the Dolphins coaching staff knows very well, having coached him at the Senior Bowl last January. âHe’s a good fullback,â head coach Brian Flores said on Friday. âHe’s a good young fullback, good vision, a downhill runner. But it can also make you miss out in space. He’s good out of the backfield. He did a good job for them. They do a good job of giving him the ball and showcasing his skills. We liked him at the Senior Bowl. I think he’s smart, he’s tough. You could see some of the professionalism just that week, that he would do the things necessary to give himself a chance to be successful, and it clearly happened. One thing about Carter: He was a fourth-round pick this year, but he’s not to be confused with Jets rookie fifth-round pick Michael Carter, a Duke cornerback who has played all nine games with three. departures.