The Jets had one of their best offensive games of the season, racking up 370 yards of total offense, their fourth-highest total of the season. The Dolphins had little answer for the Jets' rushing game, and were unable to force a turnover or come up with a sack in the loss.
The Dolphins DST unit had some solid stretches this season, but weren't particularly consistent. This unit has some solid pieces, but is likely to be more of a low-end Fantasy option on Draft Day next season.
Facing a backup quarterback, the
The Dolphins surrendered 390 yards of total offense, and had absolutely no answer for the Bills' running game. Buffalo gashed the Dolphins for 203 yards on the ground. Additionally, a lack of big plays on defense and a lack of support from the offense proved costly.
The Dolphins actually held up well in the red zone, holding the Bills to just one touchdown and three field goals at that part of the field. Unfortunately, Miami came up with just one turnover, an interception, and finished the game with just one sack of quarterback Thad Lewis.
The Dolphins DST unit has now struggled twice against Lewis this season. They will try to bounce back in Week 17, with a season-closing game against the Jets on the way.
The last time these two teams played, the Dolphins finished with exactly 10 Fantasy points, on the strength of four sacks and a turnover in a 23-21 loss. That was with backup quarterback Thad Lewis in the game, and Lewis will once again lead the Bills this Sunday, with EJ Manuel out.
Though Lewis was actually pretty solid in that win over the Dolphins, opposing Fantasy DST units still averaged 11.7 Fantasy points per game against the Bills in Lewis' three starts. That mark would rank as the eighth-highest in the league for the full season.
Frankly, none of our trio of Fantasy experts believes in Thad Lewis' ability to spark this Bills offense. All three have the Dolphins DST unit ranked in the top-6 for Week 16, so consider them a solid starting option for Sunday's game.
The Dolphins gave up 453 yards of total offense in the game, and forced just one turnover. Fortunatley, that turnover came at the best time possible, as defensive back Michael Thomas picked off Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the end zone in the final seconds to clinch a 24-20 win.
Miami's defense added just one sack in addition to the turnover, and allowed Brady to rack up 364 yards through the way.
MIami's DST unit should have an easier time of things in Week 16, with a matchup against the Bills on the way.
The Patriots offense has been rolling recently, averaging 32.8 points per game over the last six. The
Opposing DST units are averaging just 8.7 points per game against the Patriots in that stretch, one that includes a game that saw Miami's unit put up 9 Fantasy points in a 27-17 loss. However, that stretch includes the games played since Rob Gronkowski's return, and the Patriots will be playing without their big tight end this Sunday after he went down with a knee injury.
Prior to Gronkowski's injury, opposing DST units weren't quite terrified of the Patriots' offense. In six games, opposing units were averaging 10.1 Fantasy points per game against New England, including three double-digit performances.
While this offense might not be the juggernaut it once was, Tom Brady is still more than capable of putting up big numbers. The Dolphins DST unit remains more of a low-end starting option for Week 15.