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NY Jets: Scouting the Miami Dolphins ahead of Week 11

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Let's just move on. After an embarrassing 45-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday at home, the NY Jets have now dropped their last 3-out-of-4 matchups while allowing 30+ points in all four.

That isn't easy to do, in fact, it's quite difficult to play this poorly on the defensive side of the football.

How poorly? ESPN's Rich Cimini revealed this mind-boggling statistic: The Jets have allowed 45 points three times over a four-game span. Last team to hit that mark? The Giants, 1966.

But. as we could wallow away in the sorrow that is the Jets, there is still a game to be played. The Miami Dolphins, 3-7, are riding into town for a Week 11 bout at MetLife Stadium.

NY Jets fans could see the return of rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. Wilson, who has been nursing a sprained PCL since originally sustaining the injury back in Week 6, is expected to start, barring a setback.

This is encouraging news for the Jets. New York was prepared to make the immediate switch back to Wilson, once fully healthy, if (once) Mike White fell back down to earth.

That happened against the Bills. White turned the ball over four times through the air and left the game due to injury towards the end.

It's a bitter-sweet conclusion to the Mike White era. This is one of the better outcomes that the Jets could've hoped for. There isn't a "real" quarterback competition now that White fell victim to the Bills' beefy defense.

The Jets can now focus on the main goal that was formulated before the season even began: develop Zach Wilson, see what you have in your potential-franchise quarterback.

Wilson can potentially silence many critics with an improved performance against the Dolphins. With the Dolphins' defense currently ranked in the bottom-four exiting Week 10, this is an ample opportunity for Wilson to take advantage of an underwhelming Miami defense.

Zach Wilson and the NY Jets can take advantage of a porous Dolphins defense

The Miami Dolphins are expected to have second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa available for this one. Tagovailoa, 23, should be able to mitigate some of the issues that the Dolphins have been facing on the offensive side of the football.

Miami, who beat the then-red-hot Baltimore Ravens at home this past weekend, can’t afford to overlook a Jets squad that can be stingy at home.

If the Jets want to create a competitive environment at MetLife Stadium come Sunday, they’ll need to have a strong performance from their defense, who has been struggling mightily as of late.

The Dolphins currently rank 29th in the league in yards per game, so if the Jets can potentially take advantage of Miami’s inability to move the ball on offense, they may be able to keep it close.

First-year running back Michael Carter, along with first-year wide receiver Elijah Moore, should be able to continue to show why they've been some of the most exciting "rookies" on the Jets thus far this season.

It's important for Wilson to re-establish the chemistry that he was beginning to develop throughout the offseason with a few key pieces for the remainder of the season. Let's see what he can do against Miami, and the rest of 2021.

The Jets don't have much of a choice but to show a sign of life come Sunday. A sign that they can stay competitive alongside another bottom-feeder within the AFC.

It's always a mystery with how the Jets will perform on any given Sunday. The Dolphins aren't a very good football team, so normally, we should expect some big-play ability from the green and white.

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Given the return of their first-year signal caller, the Jets could make this one worth watching.

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