The Miami Dolphins came into Sundays game against the Jets look to begin the season 2-0. This was a road game and one where the Dolphins felt like they had a good opportunity to take advantage of a Jets team that seemingly is trying to tank the season. Not sure what the problem was, perhaps it’s the unseasonal weather in the upper 80s, that would be far fitting for this time of year in Miami. Either way the Dolphins were flat all game, falling to the Jets 20-6.
The first quarter was something pretty much any football fan ought to be willing to forget as the game was knotted at 0-0. In the 2nd quarter the Jets asserted themselves, first taking the lead 3-0, then going ahead 10-0 after Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 69 yard TD pass. The Jets would take that lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter the Jets would tack on another TD after a Bilal Powell 1 yard TD run, 17-0 Jets. They would add a field goal to take a 20-0 lead into the fourth quarter. From there the game really was out of reach.
Jay Cutler was more or less ineffective all day until he connected with Devante Parker with 5 seconds to go in the game for his first TD pass of the game, 20-6 Jets, but that was too little too late. Cutler would finish 26/44 220 yards 1 TD 1 INT. Though those numbers aren’t terrible on paper, he really didn’t start moving the ball until after the game was out if reach.
Miami wasn’t able to do anything on the ground as Jay Ajayi rushed for only 16 yards on 11 carries. The Dolphins as a team only netted 30 rushing yards. The Jets did a great job of containing Ajayi, which played a key role in the win for the home team. In addition they forced two costly turnovers.
The Dolphins are going to have to do a lot of soul searching after this game, which should have been a win. What can they do to improve their running game? Is Cutler going to be able to find a rhythm? Will they be able to put this loss behind them, or is this something that’s going to cascade into a tough season? Winning road games in the NFL is always a tough task, however on Sunday the Dolphins did a poor job of taking advantage of a team inferior to them. We will see if this is going to become a trend.