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Omar Kelly: Dolphins grade and stock up, stock down for victory over the Jets

The Miami Dolphins may be one of the NFL’s hottest teams, coming off a 31-24 win over the New York Jets on Sunday, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Although Miami (7-7) is back at .500 in the season, and the Dolphins are officially looking for one of the seven AFC spots after the season, the margin for error is very slim. The Dolphins can’t afford to lose in the last three games if they plan to keep their post-season dream alive.

But for now, this team, having started at least 1-7 seasons, has made the 2021 season relevant, and more importantly, respectable.

Here’s the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s report card, evaluating how the Dolphins fared on Sunday to receive the Jets’ season sweep:

Passing Game: C

Tua Tagovailoa delivered his third-worst performance of the season (75.5 passer rating), thanks to two interceptions he threw against the Jets, the last of which was a pick-six that allowed the Jets to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Gave. But he pushed Miami to pass on an 11-yard pass to DeVante Parker, who caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in his second game with a hamstring injury. The offensive line allowed only one sack against the Jets. If Tagovailoa can get this type of protection on a regular basis, Miami’s offense should continue to improve.

Running game: A

The Dolphins posted their best performance of the season, scoring 183 yards on 42 carries. Duke Johnson’s breakout performance may be against the Jets, who struggle to defend runs, but on 107 rushing yards and 22 carries he scored two touchdowns, a clear indicator that he is off Miami’s 53-man roster. is related. And the Dolphins signed that on Monday. Johnson’s knack for finding running lanes sets him apart from the rest of Miami’s roster. But in fairness to Miles Gaskin, who has spent most of this season as a Dolphins starter, he conceded 54 yards on 10 carries. But the bulk of those yards came in the late 30-yard run in the fourth.

Defending Pass: A

The Dolphins have allowed fewer than 200 passing yards in three straight games, and less than 300 passing yards in seven consecutive competitions. New York’s Zach Wilson threw for just 170 yards on Sunday. Miami did not oblige the jet rookie to throw an interception, but he only completed 13 of 23 passes and most of them were either check-down throws or quick hits. Through 14 games, Miami’s opposing quarterback has produced an 85.4 cumulative passer rating, the seventh-lowest in the NFL.

Runs Defended: C

The Dolphins had become a skimpy run defense since Raekwon Davis returned from a knee injury that sidelined him for the first month of the season. However, the Jets made their way against Miami’s defensive front early Sunday. The Jets finished the game with 102 rushing yards on 24 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns. And 65 of those yards and both touchdowns came in the first half. The Jets became the second team to rush 100 or more yards against Miami this season, joining the Buffalo Bills.

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Special Teams: B

Tommy Lewis emerged as Miami’s return specialist in a week when Jaylen Waddle and Jevon Holland, two players who have handled punt returns since Jackiem Grant was traded to Chicago in October, were sidelined by COVID-19 Gone. The Dolphins contracted Lewis last week to help out in the absence and asked him to handle all of the game’s returns. No kickoff was returned, but Lewis returned a punt for 5 yards. Michael Palardi had one of his better days as a Miami punter, averaging 45.3 net yards on three punts, and keeping one inside 20.

Coaching: A

The Dolphins offense produced 379 yards and scored four touchdowns, making Sunday’s win the second-highest scoring performance of the season and the fourth-highest yardage output. The 228 yards allowed for defense was the season’s second-lowest total, just 198 yards away from what he kept Cam Newton and the Panthers in the previous month. And the fact that Miami produced this type of performance without Waddell and Holland, who are two of the top five players on the roster, shows that Miami is better than their 1-7 starts.

to accumulate

johnsonA breakout game against the Jets in the form of a COVID-19 fill-in not only gave him more playing time, but earned him a spot on Miami’s 53-man roster. The Dolphins’ decision-makers should have signed Johnson for the 2022 season as well, as there’s more meat on the bone. Johnson’s 4.8 yards per carry average leads the team’s tailback. Feeding him more carries could knock Miami out of the dungeon when it comes to rushing yards per effort.

stock down

tagoweloa He is a better quarterback than what he showed on Sunday. While it’s important to point out that he didn’t have Waddle, his favorite receiver, the Dolphins’ second-year starter, threw a half-dozen suspicious passes against a poor defense that lacked a pass race. Two of those passes turned into interceptions which gave the Jets 10 points. Miami can’t afford to gift wrap points to opponents, and Tagovailoa needs to make sure he plays a cleaner game in the last three contests. The Dolphins need an error-free version of Tagovailoa if they are going to continue their winning streak.

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