Top 5 Passing Matchups Week 12

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Passing Matchups for Week 12


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The Dolphins, unexpectedly in the thick of the playoff race, likely have no choice but to turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. Rookie Tua Tagovailoa was dreadful in three of his four games, registering just 6.2 yards per attempt as the offense wheezed along. Tagovailoa might be 3-0 as a starter, but there’s no question who’s more capable of winning right now. Fitzpatrick has produced 300+ yards in three of his last four full starts, and he’s much better for DeVante Parker’s prospects. Parker now dominates targets, and with a more viable arm sending him the ball, his upside is at least more apparent. And of course, all these perks are magnified against the barely-there Jets, who routinely let opponents put up their best lines of the year.

The Jets remain an NFL doormat in all phases of the game, but none so badly as on pass defense, where virtually all opponents have succeeded big. Four of the last six have topped 300 yards, with Patrick Mahomes II II (416 and 5 touchdowns) and Justin Herbert (366 and 3) putting up season-best performances. This unit was in the midst of a full rebuild even before the myriad injuries; there’s just so little talent left standing. They’ve turned to undrafted rookie Lamar Jackson and fifth-rounder Bryce Hall at cornerback, and neither has answered the bell. Keenan Allen and company found ample room across the field last week, with a handful of deep balls winning big. The Jets boast a rising superstar in safety Marcus Maye, but he can only do so much. On the whole, this is arguably football’s most beatable group, with no worthwhile pass rush (dead last in pressure rate) to disrupt things up front. Fitzpatrick should be able to produce handsomely for as long as he’s needed to throw Sunday.

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