DOLPHINS 23, JETS 3

Miami Dolphins vs. Jets: Who won key matchups?

 

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Dolphins wide receivers Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline vs. Jets cornerbacks

Who won: Dolphins

The impact: New York rookie Dee Milliner? Too young. Jets veteran Antonio Cromartie? Too injured. Wallace and Hartline? Too good on Sunday. Cromartie did get an interception by outjumping Wallace for a pop fly. But Hartline worked Milliner to death, then made Cromartie look hapless in taking a slant for a 31-yard touchdown. Wallace, whom Cromartie gave backyards of cushion, escaped Milliner’s tackle attempt and raced to a 28-yard touchdown.

Jets QB Geno Smith vs. his own limitations

Who won: Dolphins

The impact: Each of the previous three weeks, Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith failed to attain double-digit completions or 50.0 completion percentage. You don’t let a struggling quarterback have a running game. By the time the Jets got anything going in the running game, Smith (4 of 10) had been yanked for Matt Simms. That led to an exchange fumble between Simms and Bilal Powell that the Dolphins turned into the touchdown that gave them a 13-0 lead.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill vs. Jets coach Rex Ryan

Who won: Dolphins

The impact: Isn’t a Ryan-coached defense supposed to confound and confuse even Brainiac veterans. Instead of confusing Tannehill, the Jets defense knocked him around a little bit. But any struggles Tannehill had in the first half were the result of physical errors. He had Hartline open up the sideline and Charles Clay in the end zone on fourth down plays and just missed the throws. Once Tannehill got it together in the second half, he made the Jets defense look like Simple Simons.

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