The final score Sunday read Dolphins 13, Jets 6. The Miami record now reads 5 – 4.
And make no mistake, win’s are hard to come by in the NFL (just ask the Cleveland Browns) and being a game above .500 nine games into the season is an accomplishment.
However, that’s where the positives really end for the Dolphins at this stage.
Yes, they defeated the Jets for the second time this season, but the case could be made that the Jets were so bad Sunday that it wouldn’t have mattered who was playing them to get a victory.
Take into account that Miami’s almost anemic pass-rush of the last few weeks consistently harassed and knocked down Darnold and registered for sacks on the day.
And, take into account the true and obvious point that the Dolphins didn’t win this game, because they could muster any offense. In fact, quarterback Brock Osweiler looked on Sunday more and more like the guy that Denver and Houston and Cleveland didn’t mind getting rid of.
With the understanding that the Dolphins already had a banged-up offensive line and Juwan Jones and Laremy Tunsil were injured during this game, still, Osweiler’s throws were often errant and costly. They were just 2-13 on third down.
Consider, that Miami got away with fewer than 200 yards of total offense, and they became the first team in the league to win a game this season when doing so.
Further consider, that running back Kenyan Drake was such a non-factor that he didn’t touch the ball once in the second half of a close game at home.
Yes, the Dolphins can say now, as a prominent NFL coach once said to the media, “I’m not going to apologize for wins.”
Owner Stephen Ross (above) was smiling.
But, your wins have come in a bizarre seven and a half hour twice weather delayed opening game with Tennessee, a win the next weeek over the Jets in New York and then beating the hapless and lifeless Raiders in week 3 for a 3-0 start,
The best win of the season is over the Bears back in October in Osweiler’s first start for the injured Ryan Tannehill. But, even in that game, Miami was trying to give it away, when Drake fumbled at the goal line in overtime. And, the only thing that saved the Fins was kicker Cody Parkey missing a field goal, which gave them the chance to win it themselves with a kick.
And that brings us back to Sunday. An ugly Sunday, at least offensively.
Yet the Dolphins still get the “W.”
But now the schedule has plenty of quality teams like: at Green Bay, the Colts, at Minnesota and the Patriots coming to South Florida, again.
Yep. The Jets are nowhere in sight.
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