On Black Friday, the NY Jets will welcome the Miami Dolphins to MetLife Stadium for a divisional showdown. The Jets (4-6) will be looking to knock off the first-place Miami Dolphins (7-3) in what would be a massive upset. This game comes after an abysmal performance against the Buffalo Bills a week ago.
When the Jets squared off with the Bills in Week 11, they lost big time with a final score of 32-6. This was about as embarrassing of a performance as it gets.
The Jets' offense completely fell apart, and not even the defense could save them in this game. Zach Wilson went on to be benched for Tim Boyle, and Boyle will continue to be the starting quarterback this week against Miami.
Tim Boyle holds the key to victory against the Dolphins in Week 12
Boyle came into the game in the fourth quarter after Zach Wilson was finally benched. Throughout the first three quarters, Wilson threw for 81 yards, completing just 7-of-15 passes.
On top of throwing one touchdown pass to Breece Hall, he threw an interception and could not get anything going on offense.
So, Robert Saleh and the Jets turned to Boyle late in the game. Boyle threw for only 33 yards, completing seven of 14 pass attempts. However, with a week of practice now under his belt, these numbers should improve. If the Jets are going to pull off a massive upset, it starts with Boyle.
With how explosive the Dolphins' offense is, the Jets likely won't be able to completely shut them down. The Jets can only hope to contain the likes of Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Raheem Mostert, and, of course, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Hill is arguably the most dangerous offensive weapon in the NFL. Tagovailoa is a very good quarterback who is as accurate and precise as any QB in the league.
If Boyle can hold his own and keep the game close, the Jets could be in a very good spot. However, if Boyle struggles similarly to how Wilson has, this game could become a blowout very, very quickly. Touchdowns will be a necessity for the Jets in this game.
At the end of the day, benching Zach Wilson was the only decision the Jets could make. With how bad Wilson and the entire Jets offense have been, Boyle must reignite them this week.
A Jets loss this week all but eliminates them from the playoffs. If they hope to keep their postseason hopes alive, Boyle has to impress.