New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (London) 10/4/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: New York Jets 27, Miami Dolphins 14
October 4, 2015
Kicking off our Sunday Week 4 NFL lineup, we had the first of three games this year in London, this one between the Jets and Dolphins. New York is coming off a disappointing loss to the Eagles, while Miami was thoroughly embarrassed by AFC East rival Buffalo in Week 3. Both these teams needed a win heading into their bye week, but only the Jets got it.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and stats from this one so that we can figure out why things happened the way the did. Afterward we’ll check out what’s ahead in Weeks 5 and 6 for both teams.
What Happened: The Jets struck first early in the opening quarter, with RB Chris Ivory stuffing in a short rushing touchdown. Surprisingly, it was their first opening-drive TD in the last 18 games. They’d add to that lead on their next possession with a short Nick Folk field goal.
Folk would add to the lead in the second with a 48-yard field goal kick, making it 13-0 Jets. After a couple of defensive penalties, Jake Stoneburner grabbed a Ryan Tannehill pass for the Dolphins’ first touchdown and Miami was right back in it. After some offensive floundering, the Jets would tally another score with a Ryan Fitzpatrick TD pass to Eric Decker. That brought the score to 20-7 New York as the first half came to a close.
In the third, the Jets came out strong, finishing off a nice 78-yard drive with a Zac Stacy rushing touchdown. It would be the only scoring of the quarter.
The Dolphins showed some life on offense in the fourth, finishing off a drive with a Tannehill to Kenny Stills touchdown pass. They’d threaten to score again around the five-minute mark, but a Jets defensive stand ending in a Darrelle Revis interception squashed those hopes. Miami nearly came up with an Ivory fumble on the next drive, but the call was overturned.
Another late Tannehill interception would seal it, and the Jets go into the bye week at 3-1 with a 27-14 victory here. Miami falls to 1-3 and may see some shake-ups in the coaching staff in the next few days.
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The Stars: Chris Ivory was great for the Jets here, and ended up with a career day. He posted a whopping 166 yards on 29 carries. Brandon Marshall was also great, securing seven balls for 128 yards.
On the other side, Kenny Stills was one of the few bright spots with 81 yards and a score on five grabs.
The Goats: Miami had plenty of opportunities to put points up, but couldn’t finish things off on offense. They logged just 59 rush yards and 198 through the air. They also couldn’t generate much of a pass rush and had no sacks.
The Jets were absolutely horrible in this one when it came to penalties, especially on pass coverage. This allowed Miami to get back into the game. They’d end up with 14 penalties for 163 lost yards. Their special teams coverage was also pretty sketchy.
Injuries: Lots of injury notes here. Miami’s Brent Grimes limped off the field midway through the first quarter. He sustained a knee injury. Chris McCain was hurt on a punt a short time later.
For the Jets, Eric Decker came up limping in the second quarter after a big catch, but he would return. Bilal Powell also sustained a groin injury late in the half.
In the fourth, Calvin Pryor was hurt while covering a pass play. He’d sustain a knee injury. David Harris was injured a short time later, also with a knee issue. That’s a big one for the Jets, but the good news is he walked off the field under his own power.
Miami’s Jason Fox was shaken up late in the fourth but got to his feet and seemed okay. The Jets’ Leonard Williams was hurt with a little over three minutes left.
Outlook: Both teams have a bye in Week 5 and will return to action in Week 6. They’ll both get back to it on Sunday, October 18 at 1:00 PM ET. The Jets will host the Redskins (FOX), while the Dolphins will visit the Titans (CBS).
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