Dolphins move to 4-4 after roller coaster fourth quarter against Jets

AP

The Jets and Dolphins didn’t play the cleanest or most technically sound game of football on Sunday afternoon, but it ended in pretty entertaining fashion.

The Jets took a 23-20 lead in the fourth quarter when Ryan Fitzpatrick hit wide receiver Jalin Marshall for an 18-yard touchdown a couple of plays after Dolphins punter Matt Darr dropped a snap to set the Jets up deep in Miami territory. Jakeem Grant got tackled inside the 20 on the ensuing kickoff, but the Jets were offside and Dolphins coach Adam Gase had them kick again.

It was a good call. Kenyan Drake took the kick 96 yards for a touchdown and the Dolphins pumped some life into their playoff hopes with a 27-23 win.

At 3-6, the Jets’ playoff chances are hard to see and it looked for a moment like the Bryce Petty era was underway for Gang Green. Fitzpatrick left after taking a shot to the left knee in the third quarter and Petty completed two passes on the way to a field goal, but the veteran returned to the game on the next drive. Fitzpatrick threw an interception in the end zone on that drive, one of two on the day that pushed him to 13 for the season.

It seems inevitable that the Jets will take a look at Petty at some point in the second half and their bye in Week 11 could be that point.

The Dolphins don’t have to think about a quarterback change, although they didn’t generate much through the air against the Jets. Ryan Tannehill was 17-of-28 for 149 yards, but he didn’t turn the ball over and Jay Ajayi ran the ball well in the second half to finish with 111 yards. That’s not quite as gaudy as his totals in the previous two games, but it’s enough to continue to bolster Ajayi’s spot as a key piece in an offense that’s come to life in recent weeks.

There was plenty of sloppiness in addition to Darr’s giveaway, including a penalty that wiped out a Grant punt return for a touchdown and five others that gave the Jets first downs. The Dolphins led most of the way, though, and made enough plays in all phases of the game to extend their winning streak to three games.

They’ll have to stay hot in California as Miami heads to San Diego and Los Angeles for two games that will do a lot to determine whether or not those expanded playoff hopes turn out to be pipe dreams.

16 responses to “Dolphins move to 4-4 after roller coaster fourth quarter against Jets

  1. I think once Gase gets the QB he really wants, Miami will be a contender. Until then, Tannehill is just average at best.

  2. No tight ends, no Stills, Parker needs to be checked to see if he has a pulse and Tannehill looked like kid with attention disorder. Luckily for the Fins the Jets just happen to be big mouths that can’t back it up.

  3. Crazy how all the T-Hill haters still talk crap about the kid. He is playing pretty good few mistakes, He may not be the best still better than 1/2 of the starting QB’ in the league.

  4. I think the issue is the defense. They had a hard time stopping the Jets. I think Miami had the first punt toward the end of the first half.

    I don’t think Tannehill is great but if the offensive line holds up it is going to come down to whether the defense can stop anyone.

  5. My blood pressure is JUST now coming back down…
    Whew -WHAT a game! I don’t remember how many times I thought about smashing my TV with the remote today, but it was way TOO many times! I know a win is a win, but if they keep playing like this I’m either gonna drop dead of a heart attack OR my wife’s gonna exile me permanently to the garage for game-day…maybe even both…

  6. I like Thill but those side passes almost cost him big twice. Bad plays, bad calls. Downfield were you can’t get hurt (as bad) or give the ball to Ajayi . Also start talking to players on side line instead of constantly standing next to Gase like your his girlfriend.

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