The Miami Dolphins beat the New Year Jets to return to winning ways after a run of three defeats in four games.
The Dolphins did enough in a punt-filled contest with the Jets at the Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday. There were no fewer than 15 punts between the two AFC East rivals and just 19 points in total.
However, that in itself tells a positive story for the Dolphins who have been a disaster in defense in recent weeks, failing to stop both the running and passing game. This was a different story. The Dolphins were getting three and outs for fun against the Jets who struggled throughout the afternoon. Rookie QB Sam Darnold threw four interceptions in total, but he wasn’t helped by a terrible display from snapper Spencer Long, who was eventually taken out of the game.
The Dolphins took advantage of that, completing four sacks, two each for Akeem Spence and Cameron Wake.
Offensively, it was a very different story. Adam Gase won’t be pleased with his team’s offensive efforts, but at home to a poor Jets team, they knew they would have enough providing they sorted out the issues in defense. They managed just that.
Jason Sanders scored the majority of the points, scoring two field goals and an extra point. Jerome Baker scored the game’s only touchdown with a pick-six in the fourth quarter.
Just 13 points on the board, but this was all about fixing those defensive deficiencies and having managed to keep the Jets from scoring a single touchdown, there’ll be relief aplenty in South Florida, particularly from Mike Burke and Adam Gase.
Offensively, there’s a lot to do and the return of Ryan Tannehill will help that. Brock Osweiler threw just 139 yards in this one, though he wasn’t trusted with too many deep pass plays. However, this is a box ticked defensively and it’s another win on the board against a divisional rival. The win puts two victories between the Dolphins and the third-placed Jets, solidifying the second spot for Gase’s men as they move to 5-4, remaining in the hunt.
In game-week 10, the Dolphins head to Green Bay to take on the Packers, while the Jets have a good chance to make up ground with a home game with AFC East rivals Bills.