Jets surprisingly stun Dolphins for first win of season
By Jack Monaghan
The New York Jets surprised many in Week 3 with their big win over the Miami Dolphins.
In the midst of all the controversy and rumors throughout the world, one thing that happened Sunday can be denied by nobody. The New York Jets won a football game. Yes, you heard right. the Jets (who everybody thought had a legit chance of being the second team in NFL history to go 0-16) won a game less than a quarter into the season.
What really stands out is that the Jets beat the Dolphins with ease on Sunday in what was an all-around team effort. The defense was unstoppable coming up with nine quarterback hits and three sacks on Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler, while the offense continued to outperform everybody’s putrid expectations.
After all the talk about how they could be one of the worst offenses of all time, the Jets looked competent over the first two games and were extremely efficient against an above average Miami defense. Josh McCown drove them down the field with ease on several occasions and if it wasn’t for a missed Chandler Catanzaro field goal, the Jets would have put even more points on the board. The highlight of the day came when McCown hooked up with Robby Anderson on 69-yard touchdown pass to extended their lead to 10-0.
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Bilal Powell added a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and at that point, the Jets opened up a 17-0 lead which is something not even the most optimistic of fans saw coming. The defense refused to give in pitching a shutout until the final play of regulation, and based on what we saw from this unit throughout the first two weeks, their effort on Sunday may have been even more surprising than that of the offense.
Demario Davis and Leonard Williams seemed to spend more time in the Miami backfield than Jay Ajayi did, as the powerful runner was held to just 16 yards rushing on 11 attempts. Not to say that the Jets defense is back to where it needs to be after just one impressive game, it was definitely a step in the right direction and couldn’t have come at a better time. If nothing else, a win allows everybody to step back and take a deep breath, knowing they won’t be joining the 2008 Detroit Lions in the record books of futility.
When a team experiences the amount of negativity that the Jets have had thrown their way it has to be debilitating, and hard to stay focused on the task at hand. At least for this week, the talk in the news will be about a win instead of a lackluster loss, but the talk about the next quarterback they are going to draft seems to be a topic that will linger all year long.
Up next for the Jets is a matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars who are coming off a one-sided 44-7 beatdown of the Baltimore Ravens in London. At 2-1, the Jaguars are off to their best start in years and will be no easy opponent for Gang Green.
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Even if 2017 still turns out to be an out and out disaster, for at least one week, the Jets and head coach Todd Bowles can have a smile on their face and enjoy the sweet taste of victory.