Six straight wins.
Back to .500.
And a shot at the playoffs? we will see. But on Sunday, 31-24, the Dolphins did enough to beat the New York Jets 3-11.
Here are 10 thoughts on the game:
1. Player of the Game: Duke Johnson. He stepped down from the weaver wire and the practice squad and broke his career high with 107 yards on 22 carries (the previous career high was 78 yards for Cleveland in 2015). He showed that not all running problems are just the offensive line. Miles Gaskin averaged 3.8 yards per carry, with Johnson averaging 4.9 yards looking like a clear move. Let’s not overdo it this Sunday: The Jets are the 29th-ranked rushing defense (138 yards per game). But the Dolphins were the offense running 31st. First by holding off Philip Linsday (who got injured) and now Johnson says the Dolphins realized they made a mistake in running back. Gaskins always seemed better suited in a third-down role rather than as a feature back in James White. That doesn’t mean they need to use the first round pick when running back. Check out the top five running backs entering Sunday: Jonathan Taylor, Joe Mixon, Dalvin Cooke, Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb. The common denominator is that they are all second round picks.
2. The day of Tua Tagovailoa. There was something as good as a game-winning TD pass from the Jets 11 to third on a thin slant remaining with 3:37 that DeVante Parker made a fine catch. OK, it wasn’t a very good pass. But it is a TD. Something was fine. They were a formidable interception where Jets cornerback Bandon Echols returned it from 20 yards to play with 7:51 for a game-tying pick-6. This was Tua’s second interception of the day against the 31st rank defense of the Jets. In this recent segment his good game was highlighted by avoiding errors. He had a couple to clean up the game. Overall, he completed 25 of 15 passes for 195 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
3. Does anyone enjoy playing football more? Christian Wilkins on defensive tackle? He got a play matching his spirit on Sunday. fourth quarter. tie game. Fourth and goal in Jets 1. Wilkins is on the line as a worthy receiver and caught what looked like a winning touchdown to keep the Dolphins up, a simple pass from Tua for 24-17. Wilkins then jumped to the front line for the Lambeau Leap South. He was not done. He performed ground burning worm dance on the ground. Then a few more pirates on land. He may end his career challenging Channing Crowder to the Dolphins, the sport he enjoys the most.
4. AFC Playoff Sketches (Top Seven Are):
1. Kansas City: 10-4 (defeated Thursday’s Chargers);
2. Tennessee: 9-5 (lost to Pittsburgh on Sunday);
3.New England: 9-5 (lost to Saturday Colts);
4.Baltimore: 8-6 (in Green Bay Sunday);
5. Buffalo: 8-6 (defeated Carolina on Sunday);
6.LA Chargers: 8-6 (lost to Kansas City on Thursday);
7.Indianapolis 8-6 (defeated New England on Saturday);
8. Cincinnati: 8-6 (beat Denver on Sunday);
9. Cleveland: 7-6 (hosting Las Vegas on Monday);
10. Pittsburgh 7-6-1: (defeated Tennessee on Sunday);
11. Dolphins: 7-7.
12. Denver: 7-7 (lost to Cincinnati Sunday);
5. You give your hat to the Dolphins for a six-game winning streak. It’s not something that many teams do – especially after starting 1-7. It tells Brian Flores about putting the team together and giving the season a chance. And you don’t rule out anything seeing the Dolphins lose to the likes of Jacksonville and Atlanta in that opening event. But there’s a fine line to walk between admiration and reality. The Dolphins played those six matches against teams with a record of 25–53. They had an impressive win against Baltimore, and an impressive victory by the score (33–10) against Carolina. Now comes a three-game stretch that will be more trying: in New Orleans, in Tennessee and at home in New England.
6. Quick Photos:
* Brandon Jones got his fourth sack this year to lead all defensive backs.
* Crush to see a player being carried on a stretcher. It was Eliza Carter protecting the Jets in this game. It seems like this happens in every match.
* Fake punt on the fourth and inches near midfield in the fourth quarter. Snape bounces off short man Clayton Fjedelem. Jet recovered. Oye.
* Tight end Hunter Long scored two holding penalties against him in limited play.
*Ah, yes, the draft is a concern. The Jets are battling for the No. 2 pick overall to find one of the top two players unanimously in the draft — Michigan’s Edge Rushers Aidan Hutchinson or Oregon’s Kywan Thibodaux.
7. Defensive Tackle Zach Sieler is an anonymous name Who makes big plays to protect the dolphins. On Sunday, he ran back and defended Wilson in the first half as the quarterback was approaching a return pass. Then, in the fourth quarter, with the Jets driving over the Dolphins’ 31-yard line, he sacked Wilson. Emmanuel Ogba came out with a rumble. This ended the Jets’ best chance of staying in the game.
8. Late in the second trimester, the Jets caught a glimpse of the next generation of football play-calling. On third and 15 from the Jets 20-yard line, Wilson threw Jamison Crowder in the middle 1 yard. He had some space, but as soon as the Dolphins defense converged, the back was thrown towards the sideline and Braxton Berios. This resulted in Berios running for 22 yards for the first time. The game of football had the idea of a rugby pass. And just because you don’t think I was the only one thinking it was an interesting play: Joe Namath tweeted: “That 3rd and 15th play was absolutely beautiful! Everything about it was awesome – call, execution. Beautiful. ”
9. Game Conditions: The Jets have an 11-game losing streak in the AFC East, the longest since the league moved to this divisional format (eight divisions) in 2002.
10. Next week: Dolphins in New Orleans. The more effortless stretch run kicked off Monday night in New Orleans. The Saints’ season collapsed after losing quarterback Jameis Winston, losing five straight until last week’s win against the Jets. They play Tampa Bay on Sunday nights.