New York Jets beat Miami Dolphins: Week 3 Offensive grades
By Michael Pallas
In a great team effort, the New York Jets defeated the Miami Dolphins 20-6 on Sunday.
Well, the offense of the New York Jets finally gave the fans what they wanted. They opened up the playbook, and the Jets came away with a victory.
The offensive line finally showed what they are capable of. They opened holes for the running game, and they protected Josh McCown well. McCown was only sacked twice (both in the first half), and the three-headed monster at running back combined for 103 yards and a touchdown.
The running game wasn’t spectacular, but they were there when they were needed. Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, and Elijah McGuire were solid. The Jets don’t need a workhorse back. They just need the three running backs to provide them with solid effort to help control the clock.
McCown seems a lot more comfortable with this group of receivers in Week 3 than he did in both of the first two weeks. He hit Robby Anderson for a 69-yard touchdown pass and took chances that he didn’t take in Week’s 1 and 2.
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McCown had another efficient day. He completed 78% of his passes, and he had a total QBR of 73. McCown has improved every week.
The Jets found their recipe for success. Control the clock (time of possession was 36:08), protect the football (+1 turnovers), be efficient in the run game, and take chances in the passing game (when they’re there).
The presence of Austin Seferian-Jenkins definitely helped. His presence helped the wide receivers be able to get open because there was another weapon to throw to.
Frankly, the only issue was fumbling. Even though the Dolphins only recovered one of the fumbles, McCown and McGuire combined for three. That needs to be corrected.
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This may or may not be a sign of things to come for this offense in 2017. With that said, they played an excellent game against the Dolphins and took the improvements they showed in the second half from Oakland into this game.