2. NY Jets QB Joe Flacco's efficient blitz-beating performance
The Jets made the decision to start Joe Flacco on Sunday for numerous reasons. But far and away the most significant was because they believed Flacco gave them the best chance to win in this particular matchup.
Their reasoning was rooted in a belief that Flacco would perform better against a blitz-heavy Dolphins defense, especially given how poorly Mike White performed against the blitz a week ago.
Though the Jets lost, Flacco's final numbers would indicate that they may have been on to something.
The veteran quarterback finished with a solid stat line that saw him complete 24-of-39 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns to go along with no interceptions and a fumble.
But a closer look at his statistical breakdown really helps hammer home the Jets' point.
Not only did Flacco handle the blitz well, but he was more efficient when Miami blitzed on Sunday. Flacco's NFL passer rating when blitzed in Week 11 was a highly-efficient 120.1 while it fell to just 79.9 when he wasn't blitzed.
For context, White's passer rating splits looked much different against the Bills. White had an abysmal 5.6 passer rating when under pressure while his passer rating when kept clean jumped to an almost respectable 57.4.
The Jets saw how poorly White handled the blitz and decided to make a change against an ultra-aggressive defense. Though they didn't win, that change was clearly for the best.