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Dolphins improve to 6-6 with easy win over Jets

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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.

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25 Responses to “Dolphins improve to 6-6 with easy win over Jets”
  1. scoops1 says: Dec 1, 2013 4:13 PM

    Jets are 0-3 since acquiring Ed Reed

  2. sdelmonte says: Dec 1, 2013 4:13 PM

    Bring back Sanchez. Or Tebow. Or Richard Todd.

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 1, 2013 4:15 PM

    More proof that teams play better without richie incognito.

  4. fordmandalay says: Dec 1, 2013 4:16 PM

    J-E-S-T JEST JEST JEST!!

  5. bleedrangerblue says: Dec 1, 2013 4:19 PM

    Geez my Jets looked horrible today. Season over and out……

  6. sportsfan18 says: Dec 1, 2013 4:20 PM

    Look up the stats for Mark Sanchez’s first pro season and compare them to Geno’s.

    They are darn near twins!

    Jets fans, meet the New Sanchez, same as the Old Sanchez!

  7. sbmcintosh36 says: Dec 1, 2013 4:27 PM

    Geno is still the same guy he was at WV no pocket awareness and unable to read a defense , doesn’t help the WR on the Jets roster are barely better than a high school teams so hard to figure out if Geno will ever progress.

  8. 6ball says: Dec 1, 2013 4:30 PM

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    Watching that game was like serving hard time.

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  9. ryann252013 says: Dec 1, 2013 4:40 PM

    Expect the jets to hire David Shaw it would be the smartest hire of 2014

  10. ryann252013 says: Dec 1, 2013 4:49 PM

    I take that back there is a lot of better options out there LOL.

    Just please, someone other then Rex Ryan.

  11. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 1, 2013 4:54 PM

    LOL

  12. iltibido says: Dec 1, 2013 5:01 PM

    Look up the stats for Mark Sanchez’s first pro season and compare them to Geno’s.

    They are darn near twins!

    Jets fans, meet the New Sanchez, same as the Old Sanchez!
    ———————————————————-
    That dirty Sanchez !

  13. hehateme2 says: Dec 1, 2013 5:06 PM

    What a train Wreck… LMAO! jests …..

  14. fordmandalay says: Dec 1, 2013 5:48 PM

    Geno Smith has figured out how to improve his play; he’s going to fire his agent.

  15. asthebeaver says: Dec 1, 2013 5:54 PM

    Rex and Gruden need to switch jobs.

  16. fishyinalittledishy says: Dec 1, 2013 5:56 PM

    I said this last week the dolphins are sucking us in here believing they are a good team, last weeks game and plenty of other times they look good only to implode. The game today can not be use as any sort of measure except for we humbled the jets in there house which is nothing new to be honest. Next week will be a different matter so hopefully Wallace can have a big game and a nice big win.

  17. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 1, 2013 6:11 PM

    It’s still Houston’s fault Ed Reed is too slow and ineffective. Can’t disagree with his decision to milk a few million dollars more out of the NFL. He should just have kept his mouth closed and stole the money in a respectful way.

  18. tommynatorii says: Dec 1, 2013 7:13 PM

    Good job Miami. We needed this one. Too bad they couldn’t find this type of play against Tampa, Carolina, and Buffalo. We’d be sittin’ a lil prettier.
    On to Pittsburgh, but we lose and we’re done for any playoffs.

  19. scmems07 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:32 PM

    tommynatorii says:
    Dec 1, 2013 7:13 PM
    Good job Miami. We needed this one. Too bad they couldn’t find this type of play against Tampa, Carolina, and Buffalo. We’d be sittin’ a lil prettier.
    On to Pittsburgh, but we lose and we’re done for any playoffs

    No they are not done if they lose, dolphins and ravens are 2 games ahead of the next team in line for the last wild card spot. With jets at home, bills, Steelers and pats at home, they have a great chance at that last spot. If they can pull out two of those games they have a shot, I think if they win 3 they are in. Ravens still have the pats, lions, Vikings and Bengals. Dolphins have the easier road.

  20. jaychristsays says: Dec 1, 2013 9:11 PM

    The Dolphins had some long drives, but a good team puts up 49 points. The Dolphins first four drives went into the Jets side of the field and it resulted in zero points (Missed FG, Turnover on Downs, Interception, Turnover on Downs). Those two turnover on downs were on fourth and 1 plays (the second being inches away from the endzone). And what were the playcalls? A 20 yard back shoulder pass to Hartline and a fade to Charles Clay. Despite Tannehill’s trouble with the deep ball (and he missed a few throws today), the playcalling is the biggest issue. I’m indifferent as to whether Philbin is still the coach next year, but Sherman needs to be fired. Initially it was the OL that was holding the offense back, but while they’re not great they have gotten a lot better.

    I’m hoping the Dolphins can get on a bit of a roll here. 3-1 could be good enough to get us into the playoffs. The Ravens have a tough schedule and I can see them losing two more games. We’ll see what happens. The defense is going to do what they do the rest of the way, but consistency on offense would be great.

  21. bowden5000 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:28 PM

    Agreed ….Sherman play calling is crap.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 1, 2013 10:27 PM

    Pathetic all around. Next weeks game won’t even be watchable, Steelers roll em by 30, easily.

  23. haywoodjablomee says: Dec 2, 2013 9:21 AM

    Dolphins win, Dolphins win.

  24. the1next1year1dolphins says: Dec 3, 2013 8:48 PM

    The Jets’ defense usually keeps them in every game, but their offense is absolutely horrendous. Jets haven’t had a good franchise QB since Chad Pennington, and he was plagued with unlucky injuries.

  25. randomguy9999 says: Dec 4, 2013 4:08 PM

    the Dolphins couldn’t close in the red zone and the only reason they didn’t blow the lead and lose (like they so often do) is because the Jets O is so bad.

    Tanny isn’t it….

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