6 takeaways from the Jets’ Week 11 loss to the Dolphins

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Well, at least the Jets didn’t embarrass themselves for a third straight week.

New York and the Dolphins went into the third quarter tied at 14 apiece after a 62-yard catch and run by Elijah Moore tied the score. Miami’s offense found its footing in the fourth, though, and its defense did enough to keep the Jets at bay in a 24-17 loss for Gang Green.

The Jets showed glimmers of progress against the Dolphins, but they are now 2-8 and are still in search of a winning formula. Here are six takeaways from New York’s loss to Miami.

Turning to Joe Flacco doesn't do much for the Jets

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Robert Saleh’s decision to start Joe Flacco over Mike White did not take the Jets’ offense over the hump. Flacco turned in a middling performance in his first start since last November, often opting to check down instead of taking chances on intermediate and deep passes. Flacco’s performance was one White could have mirrored if he was given another chance to start. His experience playing against blitz-heavy defenses certainly didn’t help him when Byron Jones came screaming untouched off the edge to force a strip-sack in the second quarter.

Dolphins help Jets' defense make an inch of progress

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New York’s struggling defense caught a break with the Dolphins coming to town and even that was not enough for a win. Miami looked out of sorts early in the game with Tua Tagovailoa back under center on a full-time basis, as the second-year quarterback fired multiple awry passes and a second-quarter interception to Ashtyn Davis (who later threw that out the window by pushing Mack Hollins into the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown).

Credit the Jets’ defense for occasionally being in the right place at the right time, but they didn’t magically go from a terrible unit to a pedestrian one in a week’s time. The Dolphins helped them plenty and still managed to score 24 points.

Elijah Moore continues to shine

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The quarterback change didn’t have any sort of ill effect on Moore, as he hauled in eight passes for 141 yards and a game-tying touchdown in the third quarter. Moore has starred in three of the Jets’ last four games and was open all afternoon against the Dolphins. Zach Wilson will benefit from having a more refined version of Moore to work with whenever he returns to the field. His 141 yards were the most by a Jets rookie since Laveranues Coles in 2000.

Why were the Jets so high on Isaiah Dunn?

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New York’s coaching staff gushed about Dunn over the summer, making the undrafted corner out to be a diamond in the rough. The Oregon State product has not fared all that well in coverage in limited snaps and the Dolphins picked on him in the third quarter. That decision proved to be a wise one, as Dunn blew coverage and allowed Hollins to prance wide open into the deep third for his touchdown.

Matt Ammendola might be a problem

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It’s hard to blame Ammendola for missing a 55-yard field goal in the second quarter, but his 40-yard miss in the third quarter was inexcusable with the Jets looking to cut the Dolphins’ lead to four. Ammendola is now 2-5 on field goal attempts beyond 40 yards and has converted on just 68.7% of his kicks. That’s not going to get the job done in the NFL.

Quinnen Williams makes his presence felt

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Williams did not dominate the box score, but he was winning his battles in the trenches more often than not and played a major role in the Dolphins rushing for less than 100 yards. Chalk this up as one of Williams’ better games this season, even if his traditional stat line might not show it.

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