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QB Matt Moore - Miami Dolphins

6-3, 202Born: 8-9-1984College: Oregon StateDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Adam Gase could re-install Jay Cutler as the starter if he clears concussion protocol, but for the second time this year the offense came alive when Cutler exited and Moore entered the game. Moore's downfield passing arm and accuracy is vastly superior to Cutler's and the team will need it against the Patriots. Despite his disastrous start earlier this year against the Ravens, Moore is worth a look in lineups if he gets the call this week.

Week 12: at New England Patriots

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FBG says: Good matchup. For whatever reason, Jay Cutler remains coach Adam Gase's preferred starter as he returns from a concussion. Cutler has been wildly ineffective all year, while backup Matt Moore has posted two great games during Cutler's inevitable injury timeout. We can't just apply late-game relief numbers to a full game, and Moore was indeed horrid in his lone 2017 start. But he was strong last year over 3 starts, completing 63.4% of his throws and tossing 8 touchdowns. In any event, Cutler is the chosen one for Week 12, so we should expect a sanitized, low-impact passing "attack" that's built around the king of low impact himself, slot receiver Jarvis Landry. He's topped 230 yards just once over 7 full starts, and it's not a volume problem: he's averaging a solid 34.3 attempts, but a pitiful 5.75 yards per attempt. Until he shows a willingness to uncork his downfield game, Cutler looks like nothing more than a volatile dink-and-dunker with a ceiling around 225 yards and 1-2 touchdowns. At least Moore shows a willingness to go downfield and create some degree of impact. Cutler has failed all year to incorporate big-play threats DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills in a meaningful way, so it's safe to project Cutler and company to nickel-and-dime their way to midfield a few times and give up possession plenty. It's hard to know what to expect week-to-week from this unit, which has been shredded at times throughout the year but tightened up majorly of late. After allowing their first 6 opponents to average a whopping 322.0 yards, they've given up just 225.8 to their last 4. As with the running game, flow is the determining factor here. When an opposing offense is close and utilizing its full playbook, the Patriots are generally toast in coverage. We saw that when Brock Osweiler of all quarterbacks chewed them apart over the first half of Week 10. But if/when the Patriots jump ahead comfortably, offenses have to adapt into a free-throwing passing attack into heavy coverage, one that's predictable and much easier for Bill Belichick's flawed defensive personnel to control.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
8 at BAL 66 25 44 176 0 2 0 0 0 0 6.8
11 vs TB 40 17 28 282 1 0 1 0 0 0 18.1
12 at NE PROJ-Tremblay * 11 19 * * * 1 * * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Bloom * 25 38 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs TB (17 / 28 / 282 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Moore came in to open the second half and immediately started firing downfield, stretching the Bucs defense. A long bomb to Kenny Still was on target, but broken up. The passing rhythm of the Dolphins offense picked up when Moore came in, and Jarvis Landry moved them into the red zone with a long catch and run and by drawing a pass interference penalty. Anthony Fasano caught a score on a scramble by Moore, but it was called back as Fasano had stepped out of bounds before the throw. The Dolphins settled for another field goal after Moore moved into range by finding Kenny Stills open downfield on a play he extended. After a failed fourth down run, Moore got the ball back one more time and found Stills streaking downfield on third and long (one of many he converted) when the line gave him time to throw. The play went the distance for the game-tying score. Moore has earned the right to start again, although Adam Gase might not see it that way.

2017 Week 8 vs BAL (25 / 44 / 176 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Matt Moore has been one of the few backup quarterbacks across the NFL to stick with a team for a long period of time, as he's been with the Dolphins for seven years. He's played well when called into duty in the past, but he picked a bad time to have a poor audition. With Jay Cutler injured, and providing very little in the passing game, Moore got the start against the Ravens and it did not go well. He completed 25 of 44 passes for no touchdowns and two interceptions and failed to advance his offense past the Baltimore 32 yard line. The Dolphins did not have a red zone attempt in the game, which went a long way in making sure they did not score any points. The Miami offensive line didn't do him any favors though, as the Ravens sacked him three times and forced him to throw early on the majority of his throws. Still, Moore was shaky in the pocket, and was inaccurate even when he had time to throw. Perhaps he would fare better against a less aggressive defensive front, but it doesn't look like he'll get that chance as Adam Gase confirmed this week that Cutler would return for the Dolphins week 9 game against the Raiders.

2017 Week 7 vs NYJ (13 / 21 / 188 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Moore was in tune with his offense right away despite coming off of the bench. He made subtle moves in the pocket to create throwing lanes and consistently looked at least 10-15 yards downfield on his passes. He did throw a pick when he didn't read the free safety deep, who stepped in front of a long pass, but then atoned for his error with a long scoring toss to Kenny Stills who beat his man easily. Moore was able to move the offense again with downfield passing, including a few penalties drawn by Stills on long passes, and Stills got the game-tying score when he ran free in the front of the end zone on a short score. Moore is more than capable as the starter and showed again that he is one of the better backups in the league.

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Dolphins | Matt Moore throws for 282 yards, TD (Sun Nov 19, 08:35 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Matt Moore completed 17 of his 28 pass attempts for 282 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Week 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Our View: Moore was strong in relief yet again, finding Kenny Stills downfield repeatedly in the second half. He'll be a viable emergency play next week against New England if Jay Cutler isn't out of concussion protocol or if he is outright installed as the starter.
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Schedule

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13vs Denver Broncos
14vs New England Patriots
15@ Buffalo Bills
16@ Kansas City Chiefs
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