For three weeks now the New York Jets (5-7) have been on the losing end of things, this time giving the Miami Dolphins (6-6) a chance to still make the playoffs by losing 23-3. The offense was again stagnant with Geno Smith under center, but even with Matt Simms playing the entire second half they still only managed three points in consecutive weeks.
The Dolphins received the opening kickoff and began a 15-play drive. Quinton Coples sacked Ryan Tannehill for a three yard loss as they got near the 25 yard line. Caleb Sturgis missed a 41-yard field goal attempt. On the Jets first play from scrimmage, Geno Smith was sacked by Olivier Vernon for an 11-yard loss, signaling how the day would go for the Jets. The Jets punted and Miami drove again but went for it on a fourth down and one yard play that resulted in the ball going back to the Jets as a turnover on downs. Josh Cribbs left during the period with a shoulder injury and did not return.
After the Jets started moving some before the first quarter ended, a penalty on Willie Colon negated a first down and the Jets were forced to punt again. A few plays later Tannehill was hit as he threw by Muhammad Wilkerson and Antonio Cromartie intercepted the high ball. The Jets ran on two of their next three plays but were forced to punt again. The Dolphins drove down on their next possession and went for it on fourth and goal, but the pass was incomplete with Demario Davis in coverage. The Jets went three and out again. Tannehill helped end the scoreless drought by getting the Dolphins into field goal range and Sturgis connected this time from 34 yards out. Geno Smith made another mistake trying to find Greg Salas with two me in coverage and Dannell Ellerbe picked him off. It set up another Sturgis field goal of 43 yards before the half.
Matt Simms started the second half at quarterback for the ineffective Geno Smith. The Jets punted on their opening drive and after Miami got the ball, "Snacks" Damon Harrison went down on the first play. He returned on the next Dolphins drive. The Jets got the ball back and the run game awakened, which helped out Simms. Bilal Powell ran for eight yards, then four more for a first down. Powell ran to midfield for another first down. Unfortunately the next exchange between Powell and Simms was fumbled and recovered by Miami. Two plays later Tannehill found Hartline for the first touchdown of the game, putting Miami up 13-0. Cromartie was returning kickoffs and brought the subsequent one to the 33 yard line. Then Chris Ivory broke off a long run to the Miami 35 yard line after going left once he hit the pile. Ivory got another first down on consecutive runs then Simms found David Nelson to get down to the five yard line. The Jets were not be able to punch it in, so Nick Folk made a 20-yard field goal. Miami answered back on their next drive, concluding it with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Mike Wallace where Dee Milliner missed a tackle on Wallace.
Simms was sacked on consecutive plays first by Koa Misi to end the third quarter, then Olivier Vernon to start the fourth. On the Dolphins next possession, Muhammad Wilkerson knocked down Tannehill's third down pass to force a punt. The Jets went three and out again, but Miami drove to get another Sturgis field goal of 19 yards as they stalled out inside the one yard line. Simms got the Jets going after that, first to Kellen Winslow for nine yards, then Ivory to the Miami 48 yard line and then back to Winslow for five more. Then he targeted Nelson for 10 yards and another first down. A screen pass to Powell went for 20 yards, but Simms was sacked again by Vernon back at 20 yard line. Simms threw his only mistake as he was picked in the end zone by Grimes on fourth down.
The New York Jets will remain at MetLife Stadium to battle to Oakland Raiders (4-8) to keep any slim playoff hopes alive, but after that they travel to Carolina to battle the Panthers, return home for Cleveland and down to Miami for the final game of the season. Hopefully Marty Mornhinweig can come up with some solid gaining scripted plays at the beginning of the next game that advance the ball down the field and get an opening touchdown to break the offensive funk.
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