The Miami Dolphins took it to the New York Jets today and dominated their way to their sixth win of the season. Early on, the Jets did a good job of keeping the Dolphins off of the board and stayed in the game but with absolutely no production from their offense, the Jets just delayed the inevitable.
Geno Smith only completed four of his 10 passes for 29 yards and was benched in favor of Matt Sims in the second half. The Dolphins defense only allowed the Jets to convert on third down twice in the game and limited them to merely 177 net total yards. The Dolphins defense was led by Olivier Vernon today who racked up 2.5 sacks and seemed to be in on a tackle nearly every play.
For Miami, Ryan Tannehill had one of the better games of his young career throwing for 331 yards and a couple of touchdown passes to Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. Both receivers should get a lot of credit for those touchdowns as Hartline and Wallace both were able to make plays after the catch and run free for the scores. The offense dominated the clock and held the ball for most of the game. A large portion of the credit for that should be given to their defense as they did not let the Jets do anything with the ball for the entire game.
With the win, the Dolphins stay in the hunt for what appears to be the final playoff spot today even with the Kansas City Chiefs losing for the second time this season to the Denver Broncos. At 6-6, Miami is the first team on the outside looking in with tie-break advantages over the Jets and the San Diego Chargers. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, the Baltimore Ravens won on Thanksgiving night despite Pittsburgh Steelers‘ head coach Mike Tomlin‘s best attempt to interfere with the game. The Ravens hold a tiebreak advantage over the Dolphins after defeating them earlier in the season.
Despite dismantling the Jets today, there is no time to celebrate for the Dolphins. They are right back in another must-win game having to play the Steelers who are a mere victory away from being tied with Miami. Winner of this game will more than likely be the only team left outside of the Tennessee Titans that will have a legitimate chance at contending for the final playoff spot and will also own the tiebreaker advantage over the other to create even further separation.