NFL Football

20
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Miami 3 10 0 7 20
NY Jets 3 0 0 0 3
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , November 29, 2020
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey  Weather: 54°, Clear  Attendance: 0

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Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

  1. The Dolphins shut out the Jets, 24-0, in Miami in Week 6, just the fourth time the Dolphins have blanked the Jets (regular and postseason) and the first time since the 1982 AFC Championship Game (14-0). Miami is 7-2 in its last nine meetings with New York with a +9 turnover differential.
  2. The Dolphins fell to the Broncos, 20-13, in Denver last week. Miami's scoring margin this season is +62 despite a net yardage deficit of -720. One other team since 1970 has outscored opponents by 60 points while being outgained by 600 yards through 10 games, the 1984 Broncos (+74 points, -637 net yards).
  3. The Jets are the 29th team to reach 0-10-0 after falling to the Chargers, 34-28, in Los Angeles in Week 11. New York this season and Cincinnati in 1993 are the only teams in the last 70 years to lose their first 10 games without having a negative turnover differential over those 10 games (2020 NYJ: 0; 1993 Cin: +1 through 10 games). That 1993 Bengals team won its 11th game of the season.
  4. Tua Tagovailoa is expected to start against the Jets despite having been benched in the loss to Denver. Tua has thrown a touchdown pass and no interceptions in each of his four career starts. The only other rookie QB since 1950 to throw a TD pass and no INTs in four starts to begin a career was Gardner Minshew II last season (four straight).
  5. Frank Gore rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, the 99th TD of his career. At 37 years and 192 days old, Gore became the oldest player to rush for 60 or more yards in a game in NFL history. If Gore reaches 100 total TDs, he will be the oldest player to ever reach that milestone and he will be at least two years older than the next-oldest running back (John Riggins, 35 years and 50 days).
  6. The Dolphins have a +49 scoring margin in the first quarter this season, best in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Jets have a -41 scoring margin in the first frame, worst in the NFL. However, the lowest scoring margin in any quarter this season is the Jets in the second quarter (-60).
Team Comparison

Miami
 
New York
26.4 Points 14.9
225.4 Pass Yds 190.9
94.4 Rush Yds 98.6
17 Takeaways 11
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Greg Van Roten is certain a victory is coming for the winless New York Jets this season.

Whether it happens Sunday against the AFC East-rival Miami Dolphins remains to be seen. But the veteran offensive lineman is tired of seeing that awful zero in New York's record. And, so are his teammates.

"When we win, it will be a relief, for sure," the Jets' starting right guard said. "You never expect to lose this many in a row in this league. When we finally win, we want to get another and another."

Well, the Jets (0-10) need to start with one first. And based on the teams' last matchup earlier this season, it won't be easy against the Dolphins (6-4). New York was shut out 24-0 on Oct. 18, one of a few embarrassingly poor performances by Adam Gase's group.

But the Jets have played much better of late, nearly defeating New England in Week 9 and having a shot late in the game last week against the Chargers. Almost doesn't count, of course. And New York still hasn't gotten a win in the worst start to a season in franchise history.

Some fans have turned their focus to the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft and finishing 0-16 to join the 2008 Detroit Lions and 2017 Cleveland Browns as the only teams to accomplish that dubious feat. Jets players would rather not be associated with those two winless squads.

"Why would you want to be in that group?" Van Roten said. "You saw Frank (Gore) at the end of the last game saying it's not the way he wants to go out. The hunger is there, especially if you're older. I don't want to be a part of one season that is historically bad. We have six games left and we will try to win as many as we can."

The Dolphins, meanwhile, are looking to get back on track after falling 20-13 at Denver last week, having a five-game winning streak ended. Despite the setback, the vibe hasn't changed much around the team during this mostly surprisingly solid season.

"No, you've got to just flush it and come to prepare each and every week," safety Bobby McCain said. "It's a one-week season. We all believe in that and we all understand that - understanding that every Wednesday, you've got to come work and it's your next opponent."

SAM'S CLUB

Sam Darnold is expected to return as New York's starting quarterback after missing two games with an injured right shoulder.

That will be one big difference from the teams' previous meeting, when Joe Flacco started. This game will also mark the first time this season Darnold would take the field with all three of his starting wide receivers: Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims.

"There haven't been too many times where we've been completely healthy like this where everybody was practicing together," Gase said. "Every week that we can go out and have a practice, every time we get a chance to play a game and all these guys are playing together, I think that's critical for us."

FITZ OR TUA ?

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was downgraded Saturday to doubtful, meaning it's likely veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will make his first start since Miami's win over the Jets, one of his former teams.

Tagovailoa hurt the thumb on his throwing hand in practice Wednesday and was limited in subsequent workouts this week.

After the Dolphins' earlier game against the Jets, Fitzpatrick was replaced in the starting lineup by Tagovailoa. Fitzpatrick came off the bench in the fourth quarter last week when Tagovailoa struggled.

Fitzpatrick is 3-3 as a starter this season; Tagovailoa is 3-1.

UP FRONT

The Dolphins, who have struggled to run the ball, are dealing with health issues in the offensive line.

Jesse Davis, who has started the past 52 games, went on the reserve-COVID-19 list Monday but was activated Thursday. Rookie right guard Solomon Kindley will miss a game for the first time this year because of a foot injury, and Davis will likely take his spot.

Only two players in the offensive line, center Ted Karras and left guard Ereck Flowers, have started every game at the same position. Davis has started this year at left tackle, right tackle and right guard.

"We've got a lot of good depth, a lot of good guys in the room," Karras said. "We're going to be ready to roll."

INTERCEPTION ENVY?

Miami's Xavien Howard and Byron Jones rank with the NFL's best cornerback tandems. But while Howard is tied for the league lead with six interceptions, including one last week, Jones hasn't had a pick in his past 48 games.

Jones insists he's not jealous of Howard.

"It's cool to look over to his side and see him get so many damn interceptions," Jones said. "It's really amazing how he's so attracted to the ball, and he really makes every play that comes to his side. You can't see my facial expression in the helmet but I'm like, `This freaking guy again?' He has enough for everyone in the secondary."

The Dolphins are tied for third in the league with 17 takeaways.

"It doesn't matter who gets the picks, as long as we get them," McCain said.

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AP Sports Writer Steven Wine contributed.

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Updated November 28, 2020

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