On the first drive of the game the Dolphins marched right down the field against a Jets defense that as usual looked lost. The Dolphins scored a quick touchdown to take an early 7 – 0 lead. From there, something unexpected happened. The Jets defense showed up. They held the Dolphins offense in check the rest of the first half. The Jets managed a touchdown of their own off a rare interception by the defense and the Jets went into the half tied at 7 – 7. This was the first game all year that the Jets did not trail at halftime.
After a Jets drive stalled to open the second half the Dolphins hit on a long touchdown pass to take a 14 – 7 lead. The Jets answered with a long touchdown pass of their own to Elijah Moore to tie up the game at 14 – 14.
From there it was all Miami. The Jets defense bailed the Dolphins out on two consecutive drives. Key penalties after the Jets had stopped the Dolphins resulted in a Miami touchdown and field goal. That put the Dolphins up 24 – 10 with about two minutes left in the game. A meaningless last ditch drive by the Jets resulted in a field goal and a final score of Dolphins 24, Jets 17.
This was a game in which the Jets competed for once. A few key penalties put the game out of reach. It’s incremental progress, but not nearly enough.
With the loss the Jets go to 2-8 on the year.
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