The New York Jets have moved on from Zach Wilson as their quarterback, opting to start Tim Boyle for their Black Friday matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
Three losses in a row have seen the Jets fall to 4-6 and if they are to keep their faint hopes of a playoff spot alive, they need to be victorious at home.
The Dolphins are one of a number of AFC teams with a 7-3 record after beating the Las Vegas Raiders 20-13 last week.
|Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets
|MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
|3 PM ET, Friday, November 24
|How to watch
|MIA Dolphins -500 ML, NY Jets +375
After Aaron Rodgers went down with an Achilles injury in the first game of the season, the Jets were presented with an issue of who would be their quarterback for the upcoming season.
They opted to stick with Zach Wilson, but after scoring just 24 points across their last three games, they have decided to move on from the former second pick in the draft.
Journeyman Tim Boyle will start just his fourth ever NFL game against the Dolphins as a result, with Trevor Siemian as backup, demonstrating that Wilson’s chances may well have come to an end.
Boyle has just 607 passing yards in his NFL career, throwing three touchdowns and nine interceptions in the process.
The Jets have recorded just ten offensive touchdowns all season, five fewer than any other team in the NFL, and they desperately need to hope that Boyle can be the key to increasing their output.
The 29-year-old is -110 to have under 169.5 passing yards.
The Dolphins were not at their best in Week 11 as they scraped past the Raiders 20-13.
The Dolphins' offense has not quite been at full throttle in recent weeks, but their defense bailed them out against the Raiders, with three interceptions of Las Vegas quarterback Aidan O’Connell.
Miami coughed up the ball three times themselves and will want to minimise those mistakes against a Jets defense that is among the league’s best.
Tua Tagavailoa has thrown the second-most touchdowns of anyone in the league and his 106 passer rating is second-best of starters in the NFL this season.
Nevertheless, they will be looking to score more than the 34 points they have managed across the last two games.
Tyreek Hill will be crucial to that, coming off another game in which he had 100 or more yards receiving.
The wideout has 1,222 yards receiving on the year, over 200 clear of the next best.
Hill is -110 to have 75.5 or more receiving yards in this matchup, although the Jets secondary has been impressive this season, only three teams have given up fewer yards than their 1,787.
The Jets’ decision to move on from Wilson has arguably come too late, but they needed to do something to try to kickstart their poor offense.
Whether Boyle is the answer or not is another question and this is a high-profile game in which to make your first start as a Jet, in the first ever nationally televised Black Friday game.
Expect New York to rely plenty on Breece Hall and their running game, but they may not get much out of a Miami defense that allowed just 36 rushing yards last week against the Raiders.
Miami will be looking to get their offense going in a more consistent manner, but they also face a tough task against a strong Jets secondary, with both Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed impressing this season.
The Dolphins are likely to be without rookie running back De’Von Achane, who is a doubt with a knee injury.
The Jets will want to make this a real battle and their impressive pass defense means that they may be able to contain the Dolphins.
It’s hard to see New York getting the win and they are 9.5 point underdogs on the spread.
The points line has been set at 41 in Boyle’s first start as a Jet.