Jets 20, Dolphins 7

Keys to the Game: New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins

 

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Dolphins’ Wallace & Hartline vs. Jets’ Cromartie & Milliner

Who won: Jets

The impact: The month started with Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline schooling rookie Dee Milliner and taking advantage of a gimpy Antonio Cromartie. On Sunday, Hartline left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury. Milliner covered Wallace like a jersey much of the day and, on consecutive plays, knocked away what would’ve been a touchdown to Wallace and made an interception that ended a Dolphins scoring threat with the Jets up 14-7.

Dolphins pass rush vs. Jets pass protection

Who won: Jets

The impact: Zero sacks. Two quarterback hurries. A few hits after the throw. That’s all the Dolphins got on Geno Smith on Sunday. Whatever they did — rush four, blitz — got picked up long enough for Smith to make his reads. When somebody did get through, Smith’s mobility allowed him to get outside and give him time for a throwaway or a short gain. This kept the Jets out of atrocious down-and-distance situations, which are swift, hot death for a young quarterback.

Dolphins rush offense vs. Jets rush defense

Who won: Jets

The impact: The Dolphins had fourth-and-inches, at their own 48, down 14-7 on their first possession of the third quarter. Fullback Charles Clay went off the right side into a pack of Jets for no gain. Even when the run game got going for a few plays, the Dolphins didn’t trust it. The fourth quarter drive after the missed field goal began with three Lamar Miller runs for 22 yards. Two plays later, on third-and-3 from the 50, with the Jets expecting a pass, the Dolphins went for a hitch to Mike Wallace. It lost 4 yards.

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