The Jets made sure to bounce back against the Dolphins in London by going back to their commitment to running the football and fielding a defense that is leading the NFL in takeaways.
The Jets get their third win of the season with a 27-14 win over the Miami Dolphins who drop to 1-3. It was the Jets’ first time playing outside of the United States and there didn’t appear to be any Jet lag. The Jets got off to a fast start, starting the game with a Ryan Fitzpatrick 58-yard strike to Brandon Marshall as the Jets carried that momentum to a 13-0 lead.
The Dolphins didn’t get back into the game without a little help; the Jets finished the day with 163 penalty yards and no that isn’t a typo. That wasn’t the only mistake from the Jets as Fitzpatrick flirted with multiple interceptions but the Dolphins didn’t capitalize.
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He only ended up with one interception and the Jets had some sloppy passing interference calls as it wasn’t a perfect performance by any means but the Jets still got the job done.
A major reason the Jets got the job done was due to the top player ranked in my Jet vs Dolphins: Top 5 players to watch article: Chris Ivory. He hammered the Dolphins’ defense all-day long and again proved to be the most important player on this Jets team.
Chris Ivory 9-yd rush sets career-high 162 rush yds, most by Jet since Thomas Jones‘ team-rec 210 yds vs BUF in ’09.
— Randy Lange (@rlangejets) October 4, 2015
He finished the day with a career-high 166 yards on the ground and now gets a much deserved week of rest heading into the bye week. The rest of the Jets’ offense wasn’t too shabby either with Marshall notching his third straight 100+ yard receiving performance.
The offense didn’t do it by themselves as they had a lot of help from their defense who added another 2 turnovers to their league-leading takeaway numbers this season. By way of a Darrelle Revis red-zone interception and a Marcus Williams takeaway in the red-zone, the Jets are playing no games in winning the turnover battle.
Probably one of the most jaw-dropping statistics I’ve seen in a while was this little nugget from Rich Cimni’s post-game article on ESPN.
“The Jets’ defense stayed aggressive throughout the game and held Miami to a combined 0-for-16 on third and fourth downs. Wow.”
I mean you can’t make this stuff up and just speaks to the level of defense these guys are playing at. The Jets corrected the mistakes from the Philadelphia Eagles game and beat the Dolphins to start 1-0 in the AFC East. The Jets had a few injuries in this one with Leonard Williams, David Harris and Calvin Pryor all going down and will be something to pay attention to over next several days.
The Jets have some corrections to make and as long as they can keep this up the Jets will be singing this a lot this season.