Dolphins ready to ground the Jets today in the Meadowlands. Flacco to get the start for New York today at 1 pm

By Blake Von Hagen

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Miami will try to extend its two-game winning streak when it travels to New York on Sunday afternoon. The Dolphins have bounced back from a seven-game losing skid with wins over Houston and Baltimore. New York has allowed 90 points over its last two games, falling to Indianapolis and Buffalo. These teams are both trying to avoid last place in the AFC East.

Dolphins hope to extend winning streak

Miami is coming off one of the strangest games of the season, which was magnified by the fact that it was a prime-time game. The Dolphins were able to pick up an upset win over Baltimore last Thursday night, but that was not the main storyline. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa did not start the game due to an injury. However, he was made available as what head coach Brian Flores called an “emergency backup.” Well, that emergency came to fruition when quarterback Jacoby Brissett went down. Tagovailoa came in the game and threw for 158 yards in the 22-10 win.

The Dolphins have now won consecutive games since losing seven straight games. They picked up a 17-9 win over Houston two weeks ago and their upcoming schedule includes the Jets (twice), Panthers, Giants and Saints. Miami is currently at the bottom of the AFC East, but four wins in that five-game stretch would put them back in the mix for a playoff spot. The Dolphins have struggled offensively this season, ranked No. 30 in the NFL with 321.7 yards per game. Running back Myles Gaskin has rushed for 344 yards and one touchdown on 100 carries this season. Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and tight end Mike Gesicki have been the top weapons in the passing attack. They are going to face a New York defense that is dead-last in the NFL, allowing 417.1 yards per game.

Jets turn to Flacco

New York is just 2-7 on the season, but it has put together several surprising performances. The Jets knocked off Tennessee in an overtime stunner in early October and they also pulled off an upset against Cincinnati at the end of October. They have not been able to build on that momentum, getting blown out by Indianapolis and Buffalo in their last two games. Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson is currently out with a knee injury, so the Jets will turn to their fourth starter of the season. Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco is going to start for New York on Sunday.

Flacco takes over an offense that ranks No. 20 in the NFL, averaging 354.3 yards per game. Running back Michael Carter has rushed for 367 yards and four touchdowns. Former Tennessee wide receiver Corey Davis has pulled down 29 receptions for a team-high 442 yards, while Carter has added 31 catches for 306 yards out of the backfield. Elijah Moore has scored three touchdowns in his last two games. They are going up against a Miami defense that is No. 29, giving up 383.1 yards per game.

Wilson was originally expected to start for New York on Sunday, but the announcement of Flacco at quarterback led to some line movement. Miami lacks weapons offensively, but its defense is coming off one of the most impressive performances of the season. Tagovailoa also gave his team a much-needed spark when he entered the game last week. The Dolphins certainly have more momentum than their opponent, as New York is coming off consecutive blowout losses. Miami has covered the spread in the last six head-to-head meetings between these teams.

Prediction: Miami -3

Written By Blake Von Hagen , “Blake V.”

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Blake is also an avid sports being expert and you would not be disappointed in following him on a daily basis. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. 
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