Dolphins Struggle On Both Sides Of The Ball In Loss To Jets

The New York Jets have been downright dreadful to start the season. Through the first two games, their run defense was ranked No. 29 in the NFL and they have had difficulty manufacturing enough offense to remain competitive. Today, everything came together for the Jets as they were able to defeat the Miami Dolphins 20-6.

The Jets’ defense kept the Dolphins’ offense in check as the Jay-Train could not get on track. The Jets held Ajayi to just 16 yards on 11 carries, and their other backs didn’t fair much better. Damien Williams had two carries for five yards while Drake was unable to muster a single yard on his lone carry.

Jay Cutler was off target for the majority of the contest which is emblematic of his 70.3 passer rating. Cutler was 26 of 44 for 220 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His lone touchdown pass was to DeVante Parker at the end of regulation.

Parker led the Dolphins with eight receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown while Kenny Still pulled down four balls for 51 yards. Jarvis Landry had six receptions for 48 yards but was afforded little room after the catch on underneath routes.

Outside of Cameron Wake, who had four tackles, a sack and one tackle for loss, each member of the Dolphins’ defense must look in the mirror and hold themselves accountable for giving up 20 points to the Jets who have few weapons on the offensive side of the football.

The Dolphins’ got one other sack from Andre Branch, but for the most part, they were unable to reach Josh McCown. The Dolphins’ secondary also gave up, 95 yards and a touchdown to Jets second-year receiver Robby Anderson. The bulk of Anderson yardage came as a result of a 69-yard touchdown reception over Alterraun Vernon.

The Dolphins’ inability to start fast limited their play-calling options on offense. They were forced to push the ball down the field in the passing game in an effort to score points quickly, but the Jets’ pressure on Cutler down the stretch prevented the Dolphins from making explosive plays.

The Dolphins will need to play with greater intensity from the beginning of the game next week when they face the New Orleans Saints’ high-powered passing attack in London next Sunday. Saints quarterback Drew Brees is known for his deadly accuracy and he’s more than capable of scoring points in bunches.

If the Dolphins offense and defense do not complement one another next week, they could be in for a long day.

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Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.