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Week 14 Game Recap: Miami Dolphins 21, New York Jets 22


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Miami Dolphins

It was a battle of 2 really bad teams, and it ended about how you would expect a game between the Dolphins and Jets would this year. Miami failed to convert a single touchdown this week and Jason Sanders connected on 7 of 8 field goal tries for all 21 points. The Dolphins could have walked away with a 24-22 win had he not missed from 34 yards in the 3rd quarter. The Jets were without LeVeon Bell due to illness and the Dolphins lost DeVante Parker to a concussion early in the 2nd quarter. The rushing attack for the Dolphins was led by a re-energized Ryan Fitzpatrick that out gained starter Patrick Laird by nearly 20 yards with half the carries. The defense could not capitalize on the poor offensive line play by the Jets and only came away with a single sack and an interception this week. Miami falls to 3-10 on the season and will take on the other New York team next week as they travel to face the Giants. It is getting very crowded at the top of the draft order and Miami could find itself on the wrong side of the top 10 if they win a few more games.

New York Jets

The Jets continue to look generally futile on offense against too many opponents. LeVeon bell should return Thursday as he was only dealing with the flu, but he faces a tough Baltimore defense this Thursday. It’s hard to trust anyone here, though Robby Anderson has had several good games in a row. The Jets offense, with it’s leaky offensive line and inconsistent playcalling and execution is not one you can rely on against the Ravens.

Miami Dolphins

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 37 - 245 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 7 - 65 - 0
It was not the most productive game of the season for Fitzpatrick, but he did the best with the weapons he had. He has lost every single one of his top rushers or receivers to either trade or injury this season and he continues to find a way to keep them in games. His biggest mistake this week came on their second drive of the game when he tried to take a shot over the middle to Allen Hurns. Nate Hariston jumped the route and was able to get his hands on the ball as both he and Hurns went to the ground. Hariston wrestled the ball away and was credited with the interception. The most positive thing Fitzpatrick did this week was run the ball. He led the team in rushing with 65 yards and had a long 20-yard gain after scrambling in the pocket. He did put the ball on the ground twice but both times were recovered by the offense. He looks to have found a new target in Isaiah Ford and showed some chemistry with Allen Hurns this week after DeVante Parker left due to a concussion. The touchdowns were just not there this week and the Dolphins still had a chance to win. Fitzpatrick has great matchups against the Giants and Bengals in the next 2 weeks.

RB Patrick Laird, 59 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 48 - 0, Rec: 4 - 38 - 0 (5 targets)
Kalen Ballage did not play this week and it was Laird that led the back field. His only competition was Myles Gaskin and his 1.3 yards per carry average was not enough to infringe upon touches for Laird. Laird finished second on the team in rushing behind Fitzpatrick and his 65 yards rushing. Laird had double the carries but could not do anything with them outside of a single 16-yard burst off the edge. He chipped in 4 catches on 5 targets for 38 yards and the longest catch going for 21 yards on an underneath route. The Dolphins really missed any of their bigger backs this week as Laird was unable to punch it in when they were in goal to go situations. On the first drive of the game he was given a first ang goal carry from the 8-yard line and was stopped for a 2-yard loss. Laird will continue to lead the back field but will need to break a long run or score through the air if he wants a realistic shot at a touchdown.

WR Isaiah Ford, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 92 - 0 (9 targets)
With the rash of injuries that has hit the Dolphins this season, Ford was thrust into a more prominent role this week. He has appeared in only 5 games this season as he has been shuttled back and forth between the practice squad. The former 7th round pick led the team in receiving yards this week after catching 6 of his 9 targets. Ford’s longest catch went for 25 yards and was the longest offensive play for the Dolphins this week. He has more than earned a longer look down the stretch for the Dolphins to see if he is a part of their long term rebuild. Do not expect him to lead the team in receiving again, but he should play the rest of the season and be good for a few targets a game.

WR Allen Hurns, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 68 - 0 (8 targets)
With the list of injured Dolphins receivers growing, Hurns continues to see more opportunities. He set season highs in targets, receptions, and yards this week after Parker went down with a concussion. His longest catch went for 17 yards and he averaged 13.6 yards per catch this week. Hurns saw some of his targets go to Isaiah Ford this week and it will be interesting to see their split next week if Parker does not clear concussion protocol. Hurns has 2 touchdowns on the year and would be the best receiver standing on the team if Parker misses time. He will have a great matchup against the Giants next week and would be in line to see even more targets.

WR DeVante Parker, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 28 - 0 (2 targets)
Everything was looking to be business as usual for Parker to start the game. He caught both of his targets for 28 yards and was setting the Dolphins up in great field position. His first catch went for 7 yards and gave them a goal to go situation on the first offensive drive of the game. His second catch was a beautiful 21-yard back shoulder catch, but unfortunately it ended his day as well. Parker came down awkwardly and absorbed a big hit that resulted in a concussion. He left the game early in the 2nd quarter and did not return. It was a big loss for an offense that came close to scoring touchdowns several times. He will have to go through concussion protocol this week and be fully cleared to play against the Giants next week. It would be another huge loss for a Dolphins team that was just starting to regain their footing.

TE Mike Gesicki, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (5 targets)
After coming on strong in recent weeks, Gesicki fell back into old patterns and struggled this week. He did not look to be on the same page as Fitzpatrick this week as the duo only connected on 1 of their 5 targets for 6 yards. The Dolphins could have really used a big and athletic tight end in the red zone this week, but Gesicki was nowhere to be found. While Miami did not have trouble moving the ball between the 40s, Gesicki did not play a role in pushing them over the top and finding the end zone. It has been a very frustrating season for the rookie tight end but after trading Nick O’Leary to Jacksonville it looks like Gesicki is the guy they want to go with in the future.


New York Jets

QB Sam Darnold, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 36 - 270 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 3 - 0
Sam Darnold did enough to win the game – particularly at the end – but it was mostly ugly and the Jets won in part due to a shaky review resulting in a defensive pass interference call to set up the game winning field goal. For some reason, the Jets appear to be moving Darnold out of the pocket less and less, forcing him to stay behind a bad offensive line. It doesn’t seem like the offensive is playing to Darnold’s strengths, particularly moving outside the pocket. Darnold is also his worst enemy though, missing a wide-open Robby Anderson for what could have been a touchdown and several other receivers during the course of the game. Still, there was that final drive, with Darnold getting the ball trailing 21-19 with just 1:29 left in the game and no timeouts. Darnold nearly got picked off to start the drive, as a defender tried to jump a pass intended for Vyncint Smith, who made the catch and barreled down the sideline for a 37-yard gain. It was a misplay by the defender, as he could have limited Smith on the play if he hadn’t tried for the ball and missed. Darnold didn’t connect with Jamison Crowder on the next pass, though it was a well-placed ball to the outside of Crowder, who was just too well defended. Darnold was then the victim of a coverage sack, pushing him out of field goal range. Darnold may have been able to throw the ball away, but the pocket disintegrated pretty quickly. Darnold went back to Smith on a short out, but the defender batted the ball away. The officials reviewed the play, and determined the defender was there early, but it was a tough call at that moment, resulting in a first down for New York. Darnold then hit Ty Montgomery on a dump pass, which the running back took for twelve yards and another first down before running out of bounds. The best part of that play was how Darnold didn’t force the ball, saw Montgomery open and with room to run and took the play instead of trying to bite off more than he could chew. Darnold has yet to consistently show enough growth in year two, but the final 1:39 of this game was good to see.

RB Bilal Powell, 56 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 74 - 0, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (3 targets)
With LeVeon Bell out, Bilal Powell got the bulk of the carries, accounting for 19 or the Jets 29 called runs, but like Bell. Couldn’t crack the 4 yards per carry mark, topping out at 3.9. While Powell hits the holes quicker than Bell has lately, he is still running behind a poor offensive line and in this game, was the focal point of the defense’s attention. He struggled against stacked boxes and constant hits behind the line of scrimmage. His best run was his longest, near the end of the first quarter, when he touched the ball on five out of seven plays to close the quarter. The Dolphins blitzed, and the one defender who got into the backfield missed his shot at the running back, who had a little Bell-like stutter-step, then jumped through the hole into open space. Powell, who saw few targets in the passing game, left the game late in the fourth, and had X-Ray’s done, but results have not surfaced as of yet.

RB Ty Montgomery, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 31 - 0, Rec: 3 - 30 - 0 (3 targets)
Montgomery saw nine carries, by far the most in his Jets career, resulting in his highest amount of rushing, receiving and combined yards as well. He was tied with Jamison Crowder for the second most receiving yards on the team as well, and had a key reception which he took upfield for a first down to set up the Jets’ winning field goal.

WR Robby Anderson, 66 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0, Rec: 7 - 116 - 1 (11 targets)
Quarterback Sam Darnold and Anderson were in sync on Sunday, with Anderson catching the majority of his 11 targets. The two hooked up early for a score, when a scrambling Darnold saw Anderson wide open at the five yard line, and delivered the ball. Amusingly, Anderson didn’t seem to realize just how open he was, and seemed surprised when he turned upfield to find nobody there, scoring pretty easily. He made an even better catch in the fourth quarter when the team was down 18 to 16. Anderson ran a deep out route, and Darnold delivered a laser where only Anderson could catch, which he hauled in with a defender on his back.

WR Jamison Crowder, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 30 - 0 (7 targets)
Crowder continues to get targets but he and quarterback Sam Darnold just don’t seem to be on the same page anymore, and so are connecting on less then half of their attempts. That, coupled with the re-emergence of Robby Anderson has made Crowder an afterthought in this offense.

WR Demaryius Thomas, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 28 - 1 (4 targets)
Demaryius Thomas’ biggest moment was a flash of the old Thomas as he fought hard for the ball to get a touchdown. Quarterback Sam Darnold threw just a little too far inside, allowing the Dolphins’ defender a chance to make a play. He reached across Thomas’ body to wrench at the ball but Thomas kept a tight grip on it though as they crossed the goal line, after which the ball came loose. Thomas had made three steps, which is considered a football move, and the ball broke the plane while he still had possession. In the end that was enough for a touchdown.

WR Vyncint Smith, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 37 - 0 (3 targets)
Smith only had one catch but he was the center of two big plays. His catch was one which should have been short, but the defender went for an interception not a tackle, and so when Smith got the ball, he had a wide open field to run for yards down the sideline. Smith was also the target on a pass which drew a questionable pass-interference penalty which helped get the Jets into field goal range to win the game. He had good position on the play, which forced the defender to arrive a little earlier than he should have, though it was close enough to where the officials could have let the play go.

TE Ryan Griffin, 3 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets)
Griffin, like LeVeon Bell, was ill last week but was able to play. Unfortunately after his one catch, he rolled his ankle and left the game. He was marked as a “Did Not Practice” Monday. Though the Jets didn’t practice as a team, they are required to mark whether he would have and clearly the ankle is bad enough top where he couldn’t have.

TE Daniel Brown, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (2 targets)
Brown’s one catch came at the start of the second quarter. While he did run out on some routes, he spent most of his 62 snaps trying to help the offensive line keep Darnold upright. If Ryan Griffin remains out next week against Baltimore, Brown will get the bulk of the tight end work.