Jets 6 - Dolphins 13
This was not a pretty game, no matter how you looked at it. Both offenses struggled to find anything, with three-and-outs the most common result of a possession on the day. This was a game in which defense dominated, and ultimately made the difference for Miami - which is a big step up after a couple of horrible weeks for the defense.
The pass rush showed up this week, with the team recording four sacks - two from Cameron Wake and two from Akeem Spence - as well as four interceptions - one by Jerome Baker returned for a touchdown, one by Kiko Alonso, one by T.J. McDonald, and the game-clenching pick by Walt Aikens.
This game did not answer a lot of questions about Miami’s offense, and really did not do anything to make Ryan Tannehill not still have a job when he returns. Brock Osweiler finished the game 15-for-24 for 139 yards with a 78.3 passer rating. He was sacked four times, with the offensive line struggling - and dealing with injuries to both Ja’Wuan James and Laremy Tunsil.
But, it was good to see the defense make some adjustments, like moving Bobby McCain back inside and keeping Minkah Fitzpatrick on the field on every down, playing both cornerback and safety. The team needs to explain Reshad Jones being on the sideline with no injury update submitted, but overall, Miami made sense on defense and worked on defense.
The Dolphins won the toss and elected to receive.
Dolphins first possession. Miami started with a 26-yard pass from Brock Osweiler to Danny Amendola. After that, however, the drive stalled with Frank Gore picking up five yards, then an incomplete pass, and a sack with an eight-yard loss. Miami punted.
Jets first possession. The Jets went three-and-out on their possession, with Sam Darnold finding tight end Eric Tomlinson for six yards, then Jermaine Kearse for three yards. On 3rd-and-1, the Dolphins defense, led by Akeem Spence, T.J. McDonald, and Kiko Alonso, stuffed Isaiah Crowell for a one-yard loss.
Dolphins second possession. Gore picked up one yard on first down, then Osweiler overthrew Amendola on a deep shot. Osweiler connected on a short crossing pattern targeting DeVante Parker, who was stopped a yard short. Miami went for it on fourth down, with Gore picking up two to convert. Gore then picked up six yards, with Kenyan Drake then adding three yards on a pass from Osweiler. Gore lost three yards on 3rd-and-1, and Miami punted.
Jets second possession. Crowell picked up three yards on first down, then an end-around run from Anderson picked up just one yard after Cameron Wake stayed home and prevented the play from turning up field. On third down, the Dolphins were able to pressure Darnold, leading to a dump off and a second-straight three-and-out.
Dolphins third possession. Jakeem Grant made a nice cut on the punt return and Miami started at their own 40 yard line. The drive started with a two-yard run from Gore. The Dolphins appeared to pick up the first down on a 10-yard screen pass catch and run from Parker, but offensive pass interference was called on Amendola for blocking before the pass and Miami was forced into a 2nd-and-18. After a five yard gain from Gore, Osweiler was flushed from the pocket and threw the pass into the stands to bring up a Miami punt on a three-and-out.
Jets third possession. The Jets started the drive with a 28 yard gain as Darnold finessed the ball right over Alonso’s outstretched arms and dropped it into Chris Herndon. Crowell then picked up three yards and nine yards before Darnold threw the ball straight to Alonso, who picked off the pass and then was hit late after running out of bounds, giving Miami the ball and an extra 15 yards.
Dolphins fourth possession. Gore picked up 8 yards to end the quarter.
End 1st Quarter. Tied 0-0.
Dolphins fourth possession (continued). Miami broke out the Wildcat to start the quarter, with Kalen Ballage taking the snap and gaining 13 yards - but a holding call on Ted Larsen backed up the Dolphins. Drake picked up two yards on 1st-and-2, then Osweiler found Amendola for four yards before Drake picked up five yards. Jason Sanders came on for the 43-yard field goal attempt, knocking it straight through the uprights.
Jets fourth possession. Elijah McGuire picked up six yards on firs down, then a false start backed up New York. Cameron Wake finally got to a quarterback, sacking Darnold for a 10-yard loss. McGuire picked up 14 yards on 3rd-and-19 before another three-and-out punt.
Dolphins fifth possession. Osweiler missed a wide open Parker on first down, throwing behind the receiver as he crossed the field on a play where Parker likely would still be running - the receiver twisted and got his hands on the ball, but could not bring it in. Gore picked up three yards on second down, then Osweiler scrambled for six yards, coming up just short after replay found he did not get the first down. Miami punted after the three-and-out.
Jets fifth possession. Darnold threw a miserable interception on first down, the Crowell picked up two yards. Darnold connected with Anderson on 3rd-and-8 for two yards, and the Jets punted on another three-and-out.
Dolphins sixth possession. Osweiler threw to Drake for seven yards, then the running back picked up two yards on second down. Osweiler connected with Amendola for six yards and a new first down on third. On another Wildcat play, Ballage was stopped for a two-yard loss. Osweiler found Drake on an out route from the slot, picking up seven yards. Osweiler then threw towards a covered Jakeem Grant, trying to fit the ball through three defenders, who knocked down the pass. The offense initially stayed on the field on 4th-and-3, then a timeout was called by the Dolphins. After the time out, Osweiler found a wide open Drake for the first down. Osweiler then walked into a sack before Gore picked up seven. Osweiler found an open Grant on a crossing route to convert for the first down, picking up 16 yards and leading into the two-minute warning. Gore picked up one yard on first down, then broke a tackle on a swing pass to gain six yards. On 3rd-and-2, Osweiler looked outside toward Drake, but the ball was batted just after Osweiler released and fell incomplete - though Amendola almost made the sliding catch on the deflection. Sanders converted on the 27-yard field goal attempt.
Jets sixth possession. Darnold started the drive with a 20-yard pass to McGuire, then a nine-yard pass to Herndon. Darnold found Kearse for eight yards before two incomplete passes. On 3rd-and-10, Darnold connected with Quincy Enunwa for eight yards before Jason Myers hit on a 48-yard field goal attempt.
Dolphins seventh possession. Miami knelt to go to the half.
Halftime. Dolphins 6-3.
The Dolphins received the opening kickoff, with the Jets getting the second-half kickoff.
Jets seventh possession. Crowell picked up seven yards on his first run of the second half, then picked up four yards. The Jets were forced to call a timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty after the conversion. Crowell then picked up three yards. Darnold threw to Anderson for 18 yards after that, followed by a Crowell for four yards. McGuire lost two yards on second down, then Wake hit Darnold’s arm as he threw and the pass fell incomplete. The Jets would punt.
Dolphins eighth possession. Gore started the drive with a seven-yard gain, the picked up two more. On 3rd-and-1, Osweiler found Stills for a 19-yard gain. Ballage caught a pass on his knees, then got up to pick up some extra yardage, gaining eight total. Gore picked up one yard on a short carry up the middle. Osweiler was sacked on 3rd-and-1, losing nine yards and leading to a Miami punt. After a delay of game backed up Miami again, they rekicked.
Jets eighth possession. After an incomplete deep pass, which hit Xavien Howard in the hands but the cornerback could not come up with the interception, McGuire ran for one yard, then Darnold was chased out of the pocket and threw the ball away for a three-and-out.
Dolphins ninth possession. Gore picked up no yards, the one yard, before Osweiler was sacked for an eight yard loss. Another three-and-out.
Jets ninth possession. The Dolphins appeared to stop Crowell in the backfield, but he broke the tackle, bounced outside, and picked up 12 yards on first down. He then gained two yards on the next play. Andre Branch appeared to get a sack on Darnold, but he was called for a facemask. Then Raekwon McMillan blew up a dump-off pass only to also be called for a facemask, with Miami now giving up two quick 15-yard penalties. McGuire was stopped for a five-yard loss after the penalties.
End of 3rd quarter. Dolphins 6-3.
Jets ninth possession (continued). McGuire picked up seven yards ad a first down after the change in sides. He then added another three yards. Wake came up with his second sack on the ext play, dropping the Jets back seven yards. Then a delay of game added another five yard loss, bringing up 3rd-and-19. The Jets attempted a scree pass to Kearse, but the receiver tried to run without the ball and the Jets attempted a 50-yard field goal that was badly wide right.
Dolphins tenth possession. Osweiler was chased out of the pocket and threw away the ball on first down. Then Gore picked up five yards before Osweiler looked deep for Mike Gesicki but overthrew the covered tight end. Miami punted after another three-and-out possession.
Jets tenth possession. Crowell picked up one yard on first down. Then Darnold threw straight to Jerome Baker who intercepted the pass and returned it for the touchdown.
Jets eleventh possession. Darnold found Kearse for nine yards on first down, then McGuire picked up seven yards. Darnold looked for McGuire but was incomplete, then Darnold found Anderson for eight yards. Wake nearly got to Darnold on the next play, with Enunwa somehow going up and making a gorgeous catch for nine yards. After a botched snap and a thrown away pass, the Jets were called for holding, then Akeem Spence came up with a sack. A screen pass picked up 15 yards on 3rd-and-21, leading to a Jets field goal from 56 yards out.
Dolphins eleventh possession. Miami did nothing on offense on the next drive, picking up nine yards on a pass to Amendola on first down, then no gain with a Gore run on second down, then an incomplete pass on third down led to a punt with only 90 seconds run off the clock.
Jets twelfth possession. New York had to come out throwing on the possession, with Darnold finding Leggett for six yards. Then Darnold found Enunwa for a short gain, but the receiver turned it into a 23-yard gain. After two incomplete passes, Spence again got to Darnold for another sack. On fourth down, Darnold was picked off by T.J. McDonald.
Dolphins twelfth possession. Miami started the drive with a two-yard loss from Gore, with the Jets then calling time out. After a two-yard run from Gore, the clock hit the two-minute warning. A quick pass for a one-yard gain to Amendola led to the Jets using their final timeout before Miami punted.
Jets thirteenth possession. Darnold found Herndon for a 21-yard gain on first down, then a short pass to McGuire picked up 15 yards. Two incomplete passes led to a 3rd-and-10 at the Jets 47. Howard high-pointed the ball and broke up the pass, bringing up fourth down. On a deep pass to try to convert, Walt Aikens came away with the pick and sealed the game for the Dolphins.
Dolphins thirteenth possession. Miami knelt to kill the clock.