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Week 4 Game Recap: New York Jets 27, Miami Dolphins 14

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New York Jets

New Yorkís rushing attack pummeled Miamiís lack luster run defense, gashing Ndamakong Suh and Co. for 207 yards. Chris Ivory, who missed last weekís tilt against Philadelphia, returned with a vengeance and gashed Miami for a career-high 166 yards and one touchdown. Miamiís run defense attempted to arm tackle Ivory, which proved to be futile. Ivory regularly ran through arm tackles and turned minimal 1-2 yards gain into chain-moving, first down runs. Miamiís run defense seemed uninterested in tackling Ivory as the game wore onóand rightfully so. Ivory sets the tone on offense and his hard-nosed running style perfectly complements New Yorkís mentality under Todd Bowles.

Last week, we told readers to keep an eye on Willie Colonís status since Brian Winters did not play well in relief against Philadelphia. Winters proved his doubters wrong and held his own against Suh. Suh did not record his first tackle until the third quarter and looked downright frustrated during the first half. Credit Winters for a superb effort and hope that Colon can heal during New Yorkís bye week.

Brandon Marshall continued to feast on smaller corners. Brent Grimes left the game after suffering a first quarter injury, but was badly burnt by Marshall on two plays early in the first quarter. On New Yorkís first play from scrimmage, Marshall burnt Grimes deep down the sideline for a 57-yard gain. Credit Ryan Fitzpatrick for throwing a superb deep ball, but Marshall won at the point of attack and asserted his will throughout the game. Marshall did drop one end zone target, but Marshallís toughest, ability to separate, and leadership is a boon for this offense.

It may be an unpopular opinion, but New York should consider a quarterback change during its bye week. Fitzpatrick took what Miamiís defense gave him, but he missed a lot of easy throws, especially to rookie, Devin Smith. Fitzpatrick is able to guide and manage the offense, but made some mistakes that allowed Miami to hang around in the game that should have been an easy blowout win.

Miami Dolphins

While the offense has been horrendous, Kevin Coyleís defense has been a major culprit, which has forced the office to become even more one-dimensional. Coyle is ticketed for a pink slip as well (not fired as of yet), so it will be interesting how the new DC shifts the scheme. The strength (although they have not shown it) is the defensive line, so it will be up to the new coordinator to allow the likes of Suh, Wake, Vernon, and friends to maximize their strengths.

New York Jets

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 77 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 29 - 218 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 9 - 34 - 0
Ryan Fitzpatrick had all of his main weapons at his disposal, but turned in a mediocre individual performance. Fitzpatrick benefitted from a dominant effort from his offensive line, which buoyed a 204-yard rushing attack. Fitzpatrick, however, forced some throws and could have picked off three or four times by Miamiís defense. Fitzpatrick did manage a few strong throws, including a 57-yard strike to Brandon Marshall on New Yorkís first play and a tight throw to Eric Decker on a post-route for a 10-yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick was also able to pick up first downs with his legs, picking up 34 yards when Miami opted to sit in deep zone coverage. Fitzpatrick made a few key throws, but did make some mistakes that will hopefully get ironed out during the bye week. Since New York enters its bye week with a 3-1 record, a quarterback change wonít likely be made.

RB Chris Ivory, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 29 - 166 - 1 (2 targets)
Chris Ivory rushed for a career 166 yards and one touchdown as he embarrassed Miamiís lackluster run defense. Miami attempted to arm tackle Ivory throughout the game, but Ivory ran through first contact and routinely got into the second level. During New Yorkís first drive, Ivory scored from three-yard outs. Ivory fumbled the ball as he broke the plane, but luckily, the call stood. New York jumped out to an early double digit lead that it wouldnít relinquish, so New York kept feeding Ivory throughout the game. The play of the game occurred during the third quarter when Ivory met an unblocked Suh at the line of scrimmage. Suh attempted to shoulder tackle Ivory, but Ivory bounced off of him and rumbled for a 10-yard gain. Ivory sets the tone for New Yorkís offense and his impact has been felt during each win.

RB Zac Stacy, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 7 - 1, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (3 targets)
After Powell left the game with a groin injury, Stacy spelled Ivory during the second half. Early in the third quarter, Stacy ran off left tackle for a short two-yard touchdown. Stacy ran with a low pad level to ensure he got into the end zone. Stacy intermittently worked during third downs and made two nice grabs for short gains.

RB Bilal Powell, 8 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (1 targets)
With Ivory back from injury, Bilal Powell was relegated to third-down work. Powell caught one pass for twelve yards, but left during the second quarter with a groin injury.

WR Brandon Marshall, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 128 - 0 (11 targets)
Another week, another big statistical performance from Marshall. Marshall set the tone early by making a 57-yard catch on New Yorkís first play, toasting Brent Grimes on a deep sideline route. Entering the game, Miami did not have the personnel to match-up against Marshall and things got worse once Grimes left with a knee injury in the first quarter. Marshall recorded 107 of his receiving yards during the first half, running a variety of slants, crossing routes, and deep dig routes to keep separation and win one-on-one matchups against smaller corners. Marshall did drop one of his end zone targets during the first half, but it did not have an impact on the outcome of the game.

WR Eric Decker, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 46 - 1 (5 targets)
Eric Decker returned after missing last week tilt due to a knee sprain. Decker was used sparingly throughout the game, but Chan Gailey picked the right spots to deploy him. Decker didnít start, but ran the majority of his slot. Right before halftime, Decker ran one of his patented slant routes and hauled in a 10-yard touchdown. Decker was not playing at 100 percent, but turned in a gutty performance. The bye week will hopefully give him enough to heal up.

WR Devin Smith, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (6 targets)
Another week, another start for the cagey rookie from Ohio State. Smith started the game opposite to Brandon Marshall, but alike last week, looked lost at times. Smith was targeted six times, but made mental mistakes on half of his targets. Early the first quarter, Fitzpatrick had Smith open on a post route, but Smith forgot to look back for the ball. Smith was able to make two tough catches in traffic, but overall, remains a work in progress. Smith is playing a lot of snaps, but needs more experience before making an impact.

Miami Dolphins

QB Ryan Tannehill, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 44 - 198 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0
In whatís becoming a trend, the Dolphins entire team has come out to sluggish starts, leading to early two-score deficits and no room for error. Ryan Tannehill was particularly anemic yesterday as New Yorkís ferocious defensive front overwhelmed the Dolphins and Tannehill was more skittish than usual. It was evident in many of his throws, as he was inaccurate and at times, overwhelmingly so. The first offensive play for each team really told the story, as the Dolphins ran a screen to Jarvis Landry that was a low throw and dropped. Meanwhile, the Jets ran a play-action and Fitzpatrick fired a deep strike to Brandon Marshall, setting the tone for the entire game.

Absorbing 9 hits and suffering 3 sacks in addition to the countless times he was hurried, Tannehill is obviously missing his left tackle, Branden Albert, as well as some more capable interior lineman. Heís also missing any semblance of a running game. It takes a toll on any quarterback to drop-back so many times and being pressured, except for maybe Aaron Rodgers. At various points, throughout the game, Tannehill just threw the ball in the vicinity of a receiver with pressure starting to come his way. This was especially the case when Todd Bowles started dialing up some corner blitzes with his team up by two scores. He is still looking to make some plays outside of the pocket, and still does show some poise and stands in there when he has a clean pocket. The Dolphins actually had a chance in the 4th quarter, down 13, to make it a close game, but they failed on 8 attempts in goal-to-go situations and the Jets were able to close out the game. It was a gruesome game for Tannehill, and itís clear the AFC East defensive fronts are no joke, so Miami needs to figure out their protection and must start running the ball to help their franchise quarterback out.

RB Lamar Miller, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 26 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (2 targets)
Lamar Miller too his first carry of the game on Sunday 13 yards on a well-designed zone stretch play. However, he only carried the ball 6 other times for 13 yards. It was the same old story for the Miller and the Dolphins offense as they refused to even try to establish a running game. After picking up a first down and then punting, the Jets scored on 3 of their first 4 possessions and never really looked back. Itís interesting to see both Chip Kelly offenses (Kellyís actual offense in Philadelphia; and disciple Bill Lazor in Miami) struggle mightily so far this season. It certainly hasnít helped that the Dolphins defense has been unable to stop anyone. The game script really hasnít been Millerís favor in each of the first 4 games of the season, and with the clear lack of commitment to the running game, itís been really the worst case scenario for Miller owners. Joe Philbin is out, which doesnít necessarily mean there may be a stronger commitment to the run, but it certainly canít hurt. At this point, Miller is at his lowest point in value, so thereís not much of a reason to sell low.

RB Damien Williams, 6 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)
Damien Williams reprised his role as occasional 3rd down back and change of pace to Lamar Miller. However, with the Dolphins trailing, he saw one target and 0 carries in the game. With winds of change blowing through the Dolphins coaching staff, most notably at the top, will there be changes to Williamsí role? Seeing how Lamar Miller hasnít really had a chance to establish any rhythm whatsoever, it doesnít seem like Williamsí role will expand anytime soon.

WR Jarvis Landry, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 29 - 0, Rec: 4 - 40 - 0 (12 targets)
It wasnít a game that weíve come to expect from Jarvis Landry in his young career, but he still provided his usually high floor. With Ryan Tannehill missing throws, some by a wide margin, Landry couldnít flash his usual efficiency, even with the 12 targets he saw. He was, however, involved in the running game, as well as heavily involved in the return game. With the Miami offensive line struggling mightily against any defensive front right now, Landry will still be the highest targeted player in the Miami offense. Although he didnít have his usual catch or yardage numbers, he still produced 69 total yards, adding 4 catches, and in return yardage leagues, he chipped in with 189 return yards. With Joe Philbin out, Landryís role will not change in the offense.

WR Kenny Stills, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 81 - 1 (8 targets)
After going through the preseason and the first 3 weeks as an afterthought, Kenny Stills finally flashed some of his play-making ability for the Dolphins in London. Although most of the damage came in the second half, and may have been due to Rishard Matthews getting benched, but it may be a sign that Stills could be commanding more playing time going forward. With Antonio Cromartie playing severe off coverage, Stills ran a smart out route and caught the on-time Tannehill pass for Miamiís second TD. He also got loose down the left sideline on a broken play for a 40+ yard play in the 4th quarter. With Rishard Matthews breaking out over the first 3 weeks of the season, it was impossible to see this game coming. With an interim coach taking over, itís really difficult to forecast which Miami WR, besides Landry, will have the most fantasy value going forward. Landry is the only startable WR at this moment, and if the coaching staff continues to rotate bodies, itís anyoneís guess as to which one becomes Tannehillís second favorite target.

WR Greg Jennings, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 15 - 0 (7 targets)
After being left for dead the first few weeks, and finding himself near the bottom of the WR depth chart, Greg Jennings came back and saw his way to 7 targets against the Jets on Sunday. Similar to Kenny Stills seeing 8 targets and leading the Dolphins in receiving in London, itís a head-scratching move, as Rishard Matthews had emerged as the #2 receiver in the offense after 3 very strong weeks and rookie DeVante Parker starting to claim a greater number of snaps. Jennings did nothing spectacular on the field, as Tannehill routinely missed throws due to pressure and just looking generally uncomfortable in the pocket. Maybe Philbin knew he was going to get canned and he ran Jennings out there as a show of good faith to one of his favorite players. While thatís left to conspiracy theorists, Jennings is best left on the waiver wire, as Stills, Parker, and Matthews are all more talented players and the veteran shouldnít prove to be a factor in the offense, barring injury.

WR Rishard Matthews, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (3 targets)
After breaking out the first three weeks of the season and looking like the firm #2 to Jarvis Landry in the Miami offense, Rishard Matthews took a backseat to both Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings on Sunday. Itís very frustrating for any fantasy (DFS or season long) who had put Matthews in their lineup, as it looked like he had firmly entrenched his place as a 7+ target player for the Dolphins. Instead, he rotated in and out of the lineup, as the offensive line struggled to create any room for Tannehill to step up and throw. With adjustments made to the coaching staff, thereís really no indication of how Matthews and the other non-Landry WRs will be used coming out of the bye. Luckily, there are about two weeks to figure it out. However, Matthews is not an option in fantasy leagues until thereís a little more clarity on the situation.

WR DeVante Parker, 23 offensive snaps
After making his first real impact on the field last week with a few notable plays, DeVante Parker threw up a goose-egg in limited time on the field. His most notable play was being called for a pick play near the end zone negating a Jarvis Landry TD in the 4th quarter, which wouldíve cut Miamiís deficit to just 6 points. While itís not great to see obvious steps backward for highly drafted rookies, the early season disaster in Miami may force the adjusted coaching staff to reassess how they want to use Parker. He was never likely to make a huge impact before the bye, so itís possible they could unleash the #1 pick after the bye, now that heís more up to speed. Heís still a hold in season long fantasy leagues as the most talented physical receiver the Dolphins have.

TE Jake Stoneburner, 6 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 1 (2 targets)
For the second straight week, Jake Stoneburner vultured a touchdown from Jordan Cameron at the tight end position. Tannehill found Stoneburner in the back of the end zone, running towards the back pylon. It was the first play after back-to-back long penalties for the Dolphins. Stoneburner is a complimentary piece filling in for Dion Sims right now and is off the fantasy radar. His biggest contribution has been giving Jordan Cameron owners a headache.

TE Jordan Cameron, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (9 targets)
For the second week in a row, Ryan Tannehill heavily targeted Cameron, but the athletic tight end couldnít capitalize on the 9-target day. It wasnít so much miscommunication as Tannehill struggling for accuracy in the face of constant pressure from the Jets. Cameron is consistently getting plenty of targets, but with Tannehill throwing the ball consistently over 40 times per game so far this season, youíd like to see a little more production. If Dan Campbell really looks to get Lamar Miller going, Cameron will definitely see a hit in targets. Dion Sims still hasnít gotten closure to a return, but when he does, the running game will certainly receive a boost. Cameron remains on the back-end TE1 burner with his unique set of skills, but he may be even more touchdown-dependent as the Dolphins come out of the bye.