Miami Dolphins at New York Jets NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 13 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
December 1, 2014
Wrapping up the Week 13 NFL action on “Monday Night Football,” we had an AFC East rivalry game between the Dolphins and the Jets. Miami was coming off a blown lead and a 3-point loss against Denver, while the Jets were embarrassed once again in Week 12, this time by the Bills. Regardless of the records, these teams always seem to play close games, and this one falls under that category.
Let’s take a look at the key players and statistics from this game so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll check out what’s in store for both teams in Week 14.
What Happened: Right from the beginning, it was evident that the Jets were going to stick to running the ball. They were pulling out all sorts of nifty trick plays in the first quarter, with one being a 20-yard Greg Salas TD run for an early lead.
New York posted a 40-yard Nick Folk field goal to stretch it to 10-0, but Caleb Sturgis returned the favor on a 43-yarder as time expired in the half.
In the third, Sturgis struck again on a 44-yard field goal, but Folk hit again midway through the quarter to get it back to a touchdown difference at 13-6.
When the final quarter began, Miami started to mount a comeback. After a six-play drive, Lamar Miller plunged four yards into the end zone to tie it up. Late in the quarter, Sturgis would add a 26-yard kick to give Miami their first lead. The 16-13 score would hold up as Jets QB Geno Smith tossed a late interception that sealed the win.
Miami now stays alive in the AFC Wild Card hunt amid a sea of teams vying for the final two playoff berths.
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The Stars: Sturgis gets top honors here, as he nailed three of his four attempts for the vast majority of the Dolphins scoring. Statistically, there wasn’t much else to get excited about in the Dolphins’ lineup; they simply waited for New York to make a mistake, which they happily did.
On the other side, the running game was strong as ever, with eight different players combining for 277 team rush yards. Chris Johnson eclipsed the century mark on the ground for the first time this year.
The Goats: There’s just one reason the Jets lost: they have no passing game. Zero. Zip. Nada. Smith threw for 65 yards and a pick on just 7-of-13 attempts, which is a difficult stat to fathom in today’s NFL. With No. 1 WR Eric Decker one-on-one on a cornerback fresh off the street for the entire game, he was targeted just four times for two catches.
The defense also dropped a pair of gimmie interceptions which could have swung the tide. New York is terrible when it comes to turnover differential.
Lastly, the normally rock-solid Nick Folk missed a pair of field goals--not that this is all his fault.
Injuries: The Jets’ Brian Hartline and the Dolphins’ Greg Salas each exited with injuries in the first half. Hartline hurt his knee and Salas injured his hamstring on the TD.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 14, both teams will be in action once again on Sunday December 7 at 1:00 PM ET on CBS. The Jets will travel to Minnesota to visit the Vikings, while the Dolphins will host the incoming Ravens.
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