Jets WR Marshall vs. Dolphins CB Grimes
Who won: Jets.
Impact: Brent Grimes’ athleticism used to help him to overcome deficiencies in size, strength and even speed. Now, whether age or injuries have dented that athleticism, Grimes now looks helpless against big, physical receivers like Brandon Marshall. Marshall owned Grimes for nine catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets treated this matchup like Walgreens — always open and always having just what you need. With back-shoulder throws and fades, Marshall boxed Grimes out like Heat center Hassan Whiteside on a point guard. On deep throws, he got behind Grimes.
Dolphins active roster vs. Health
Who won: Jets.
Impact: Preach “next man up” all you want, but if you start losing players in a late November game, it’s going to hurt. Anybody who doubts the importance of a center needs to see the snaps that got bowled back to quarterback Ryan Tannehill after Mike Pouncey went out with a foot injury. When your timing gets altered by bad snaps, it would be nice to have an experienced receiver like Rishard Matthews, who went out with a rib injury. Defensive tackles Earl Mitchell and C.J. Mosley went down with calf injuries and, oops, there goes linebacker Jelani Jenkins, too. That didn’t help the Dolphins’ run defense late in the game, especially when Chris Ivory ran through every Dolphins defender since John Offerdahl on his 31-yard touchdown run.
Dolphins running game vs. Jets run defense
Who won: Jets. Big.
Impact: The Dolphins ran the ball nine times. Nine times! You can almost hear the accusing voice of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’s Ed Rooney saying, “Nine times ...” For a picayune 12 yards. You run the ball like that — or, rather, fail to run the ball or fail to try to run the ball — you’re one dimensional and probably feast or famine on first down. That means you’re probably not worth much on third down, either, and the Dolphins failed on their first eight third-down attempts. So, there’s not much moving of the ball, no taking advantage of early field position and no points until the Jets were up 21-0.