New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins: Quick observations and thoughts

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Josh McCown (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Josh McCown (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

Thoughts and observations from the New York Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins.

Well how about that, New York Jets fans! Who saw that coming? I mean the Jets often play well against the Miami Dolphins, but after the first two weeks it was like a different franchise on the field this afternoon. No it wasn’t against a world-beating football team, not by a long shot. But coach Todd Bowles told the media that the problems were fixable and they sure did that against Miami.

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Here are some thoughts and observations:

Great throw by McCown and a great running catch by Anderson. Some chemistry between those two can only mean good things as we move forward.

    • The run defense was nothing short of outstanding. Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, coming off of 122 yards last week, ran the ball 11 times for 16 yards. The Jets had clearly had enough with being the worst run defense in the league. They turned it around in a big way.
    • Josh McCown had about as good of a performance as he could be expected to have. On the day he went 18-23 for 249 yards and the 69 yard touchdown pass to Anderson. He was a fine “bridge” quarterback in this one.

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  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins made his presence felt in his return, catching five passes for 31 yards.
  • The Jets dominated the time of possession, 36:08 to 23:52. We said that they had to win the battles up front and they did that.
  • How about the defense on third down? They held the Dolphins to one conversion out of twelve attempts. That is 8% efficiency. This just in, that’s good.
  • Most of the Dolphins 225 yards on offense came when the game was out of reach, the defense kept them down all day long.
  • Bad penalties by Jamal Adams and Darron Lee were the only black marks on defense for the day. Adams taunting call was just silly, he will learn. Lee’s late hit call was very obvious. This won’t help his cause moving forward.

Next: Jets top the Dolphins 51-45 in 1986 week three

It’s one game, but it was a very encouraging game, especially for the defense. Every that went wrong over the first two weeks went right against the Dolphins. Maybe they have things on the right track.