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Keys to the Miami Dolphins’ 27-14 loss to the New York Jets in London

New York Jets' Darrelle Revis makes an interception over Miami Dolphins' Jarvis Landry during the NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins and at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.
New York Jets' Darrelle Revis makes an interception over Miami Dolphins' Jarvis Landry during the NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins and at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. AP

Jets third-down defense vs. Dolphins third-down offense

Who won: Jets

Impact: Actually, the Dolphins going 0 for 12 on third down was as much about first and second down. The Dolphins faced an average of 10.25 yards on those 12 third downs, only two of which were under seven yards. You have to be able to execute sometimes on third-and-long, but you can’t live in that neighborhood. Often on third-and-longs, the Jets brought pressure, sacking Ryan Tannehill or forcing quick throws that either missed or required the receiver to beat two tacklers to get the first down.

Jets run blocking vs. Dolphins front seven

Who won: Jets

Impact: On too many plays, the Dolphins’ best defense against Jets running back Chris Ivory (29 carries, 166 yards) was hoping he chose the less-open route as he hit the second level. The Jets ran Ivory between the guards, off tackle, outside, on the sunny side of the street, the wrong side of the street (British-style). By the third quarter, the Jets might as well have run a Wing-T or wishbone the rest of the way.

Jets WR Brandon Marshall vs. Dolphins cornerbacks

Who won: Jets

Impact: Marshall is a tough size matchup for almost any cornerback. Against the Dolphins’ travel-size cornerbacks, the 6-4 Marshall made them look like fun size. The 58-yard bomb on the Jets’ first play told the story — 5-9 Brent Grimes with good coverage, even getting his hand on Marshall’s face mask before the ball dropped in, yet still couldn’t prevent the catch. It didn’t get much better once Grimes left the game with a knee injury. Marshall caught seven passes for 128 yards despite the scatter-armed Ryan Fitzpatrick doing the throwing.

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