Sam and I both got this one right as the Miami Dolphins demolish the New York Jets on the first Saturday Night Football game of the year. Miami strengthens their case for the AFC wild card in the process, increasing their record to 9-5 with the 34-13 win.
The Jets jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when Bryce Petty found Robby Anderson for a 40-yard touchdown catch, but there wasn’t much more from them after that. Coming off of an ugly loss against the San Fransisco 49ers last week, Petty was looking to rebound in this game but ended with 20 of 36 passing with 235 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Petty was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter after he was caught between two Miami Dolphin defenders. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field and handing the ball over to Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets have lost 5 of their last 6 games and looked disgraceful doing so as their playoff hopes have slowly diminished. Todd Bowles’ hopes of having a head coaching job next season are also diminishing with his lack of success with the Jets over the past 2 seasons.
With Ryan Tannerhill out due to a slight ACL tear, Matt Moore got the start and played well ending the game 12-18 passing with 236 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Jarvis Landry had a monster game ending with 3 receptions for 108 yards and 1 touchdown including an impressive 66-yard touchdown grab. Kenny Stills had a nice 52 yard touchdown grab in the 2nd quarter as well, giving Miami their first lead of the game. Miami’s defense had 4 takeaways which were obviously critical to the win as well, but I think this game was more about the Jets playing bad then it was about the Dolphins playing well.
Regardless, the game ended in a win for the Miami Dolphins, holding off the New England Patriots’ division clinching party until at least Sunday. Miami sweeps the season series against the Jets with the win and their playoff hopes get a lot brighter after starting the season 1 and 4. They have continued to trend in the right direction behind head coach Adam Gase and I am curious to see what they can do in the final two weeks against two more division rivals, the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots.