The Dolphins offense couldn’t find a way to get the ball in the end zone in the first half, but they figured that problem out in the second half.
Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes and the defense fared just as well against Matt Simms as it did against Geno Smith in a 23-3 Dolphins victory. The win moves the Dolphins to 6-6 on the season, which is where they need to be to remain alive in the push for a Wild Card spot in the final four weeks. They’ll travel to Pittsburgh next week for a date with the Steelers that will go a long way toward determining how long they remain alive.
It would help if they get the same kind of offensive production they got on Sunday. Even when they were struggling to finish drives, the Dolphins were moving the ball on the ground and through the air against a Jets defense that is being asked to do way too much in support of their completely non-functioning offense. The Dolphins rolled up 454 yards and allowed just one sack of Tannehill, the kind of effort they’ll need to repeat to make it to the playoffs.
Tannehill was 28-of-43 for 331 yards and connected well with both Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace over the course of the afternoon. His one pick came when he was hit as he threw, but Tannehill otherwise avoided mistakes and eluded danger well enough to make a couple of plays with his feet.
Simms was 9-of-18 for 78 yards and an interception, which cleared the exceedingly low bar set by Geno Smith in recent weeks and could be enough to get him a start next weekend. It would help if the Jets had anything at receiver, but Jeremy Kerley was inactive and Santonio Holmes was hard to spot despite being on the 46-man gameday roster.
So the Jets are looking for a quarterback again while the Dolphins hope the one they found has more days like this.