Dolphins Defense Soars To A 20-3 Victory Over the New York Jets

By: Colby Guy

The Miami Dolphins move to 7-4 after a 20-3 victory over the New York Jets, keeping them very much in the playoff race heading into Week 13.

The Dolphins move into the 6th seed in the AFC following a [insert final score here] Raiders loss to Atlanta and a  [insert final score here] Colts loss to the Tenessee Titans. 

However are still a game behind Buffalo for the AFC East lead, as they beat the Chargers 27-17.

The Dolphins’ offense had an uncharacteristically slow start against the lowly Jets, not scoring a single point until Jason Sanders hit a 54-yard field goal to tie the game at three with 1:17 to go in the first quarter. From that moment on, it was all Dolphins.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to get the Dolphins’ offense going to start the second quarter, jettisoning a 10 play, 88-yard drive that was capped off with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki with 8:56 to go in the second quarter.

Sanders then drilled his eighth-straight field goal of 50+ yards to put the Dolphins up 13-3 with 5:27 to go in the half, making it from 51 yards out.

To start the second half. the Dolphins had trouble getting the run game going, as Matt Brieda and Patrick Laird each had fumbles on back to back drives, but the Dolphins defense was able to keep the two-possession lead alive.

The Dolphins were finally able to get DeAndre Washington involved in the offense, as he rushed for 21 yards in a 7 play, 61-yard drive that resulted in a seven-yard touchdown pass to Adam Shaheen.

Xavien Howard was able to secure the victory for Miami by intercepting a Sam Darnold pass with 6:25 to go in the fourth quarter, as the Dolphins ran out the clock in the following drive. The interception was the 7th on the season for Howard, and leads the NFL.

Fitzpatrick came to play in the absence of Tua Tagovailoa, throwing for 257 yards and two touchdowns on 24/39 passing with no interceptions.

Devante Parker was heavily involved in the offense, securing 119 yards on eight receptions.

Nik Needham was the best player for the Dolphins defensively, as he finished the game with five total tackles, three solo tackles, and an interception.

The Dolphins will be back in action on Dec. 6th at 1:00 p.m. against the Bengals at Hard Rock Stadium. The game with be broadcast on CBS.