EAST RUTHERFORD – The New York Jets came away with a solid win this week against the Miami Dolphins, winning 38-20. The win could not have come at a better time as the Jets have lost three of their last five games. The Jets were perched at (5-5) coming into today’s matchup desperately needing a win to remain relevant in the AFC Wild Card Race. The offense was lackluster at best against the Houston Texans and the Buffalo Bills, only scoring 17 points in each game. This, supplemented by poor play on defense added to the Jets recent woes.
Today was a whole different story.
Both the offense and defense looked poised and confident during todays AFC East divisional matchup. Key offensive players returned to their peak form. Ryan Fitzpatrick looked like an elite Quarterback today, passing for 277 yards, four touchdowns, and most importantly: no turnovers. The running game also returned today as Chris Ivory rushed for 87 yards in 21 attempts including a ferocious 30 yard touchdown run. Ivory was bouncing off of defenders and breaking tackles all day long as he returned to his earlier form.
Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Devin Smith proved to be valuable assets for the offense. Each scored at least one touchdown today. Brandon Marshall had his best game of the year today catching nine passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Decker added another five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown, while, Smith caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown.
The Jets defense played very well holding the Dolphins to 12 rushing yards and 300 passing yards. The defense, playing without star Cornerback Darrelle Revis, forced one interception while creating confusion at the line of scrimmage. That being said, the secondary could use some fine tuning. Ryan Tannehill is a slightly-better-than-average Quarterback, yet, the Jets allowed over 350 receiving yards. Thus, a change is needed to further help the Jets playoff hopes.
The Jets proved that they can play in clutch times as this win keeps them in the AFC playoff hunt.