WORST PASSING MATCHUPS
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Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Buffalo
The Miami offense remains in full-blown transition, with the whispers growing louder by the minute for rookie quarterback Tua Tagoliova. The No. 5 pick had a quiet camp and may or may not be fully over his serious hip injury, but Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like a very short-term placeholder. Fitzpatrick was horrendous in Week 1, managing just 6.4 yards per attempt and firing 3 interceptions. It was an especially disappointing day considering he faced little pressure and stayed upright (just one sack). Whoever sees the bulk of the Week 2 snaps may not have top wideout DeVante Parker, who’s having yet another hamstring issue managed closely by the team. Preston Williams would dominate targets if Parker can’t go, but he’ll do so in a brutal matchup.
In Week 1, the Jets’ Sam Darnold was harangued into a forgettable day against Buffalo- just 215 yards on 35 throws, and no downfield game to speak of. That’s not in and of itself surprising, but it was another show of dominance by one of football’s best secondaries. Jets slot man Jamison Crowder had a huge catch-and-run for a touchdown, but aside from that play, their wideouts totaled just 63 yards on their 21 targets. Darnold simply wasn’t prepared for a Bills unit capable of locking down the deep zones with fantastic centerfield safety play. Prior to garbage time, Darnold hit on just one of seven deep attempts (15+ yards downfield), with an interception. Of course, the catalyst here is cornerback Tre’Davious White, who’s capable of both blanketing top wideouts and making plays on the ball. Whether it’s Parker or Williams leading the Dolphins on the outside, they’ll have their hands full trying to work their way downfield - or even to make consistent catches underneath. Outside of White, the Bills are solid having one of the best safety tandems in the NFL in Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. If there is a weak spot in this defense it is Levi Wallace who was beaten out by Josh Norman before Norman was placed on Injured Reserve, which could open up an opportunity if there is any opportunity for Preston Williams who typically lines up on the left side.
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