Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets: Live Grades and Analysis for Miami

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Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets: Live Grades and Analysis for Miami
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The Miami Dolphins (6-6) have defeated their bitter and longtime AFC East rivals, the New York Jets (5-7) by the final score of 23-3 in The Meadowlands.

The Dolphins are now tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the final wild-card spot in the AFC, while the Jets now find themselves a game out of the race. 

Here's a look at the grades and analysis for Miami's decisive victory against the Jets. 

Miami Dolphins Game Grades
Position Unit First Half Grades Game Grades
Pass Offense C A-
Run Offense B+ A-
Run Defense A+ A-
Pass Defense A+ A+
Special Teams C B-
Coaching C C

Week 13 vs. New York Jets

Game Analysis for the Miami Dolphins

Pass Offense: The improvements Ryan Tannehill made from the first half to the second half are what really give you hope about this kid.

Overall, Tannehill went from shaky in the first half to great in the second half, finishing the game 28-of-43 and passing for 331 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a passer rating of 94.2. This included a huge third quarter where he was 6-of-7 for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

Run Offense:  Tannehill wasn’t alone with a great performance, as Miami ran very well against the top run defense in the NFL, tallying 125 rushing yards led by Lamar Miller's 72.

Run Defense:  The Jets offense couldn’t get going, and part of that was their running game only showing flashes of ability but ultimately not hurting the Dolphins. The Jets running game would finish with 97 yards on 21 attempts, which isn’t terrible, but it was ineffective enough keep the Jets from making the game a contest.

Pass Defense:  This unit finished with two interceptions and only 76 yards allowed between Geno Smith and Matt Simms (with at least half of those yards coming via prevent defense in the fourth quarter, which still led to a pick).

Special Teams: Very uneven performance from the Dolphins special teams unit, which did produce three field goals and a good Marcus Thigpen return, but also had bad penalties and bad returns, as well.  

Coaching: I hated the coaching in this game. First Miami got the return of the stretch play, which netted zero yards for the Dolphins when they ran it and also zero touchdowns. If anything, that play cost the Dolphins at least seven points. Secondly, the play-calling managed to still be atrocious on offense despite the fact that the Dolphins dominated the game.

What I did like was how ballsy they were this afternoon, as well as how well the team executed, but that doesn’t excuse the terrible calls throughout the game. Overall, they deserve a C.  

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No matter who was under center for the Jets, the Dolphins defense dominated.

First-Half Analysis for the Miami Dolphins

Pass Offense: The good news is Miami’s pass offense has moved well against the Jets’ defense. That’s the good news. The bad news is despite the fact that they’ve moved the ball well on each drive, they only have six points on the board.  

On top of that, Tannehill has looked inconsistent, ranging from average to terrible.

Run Offense:  I’m going to grade the offense on a curve once you consider that they are going against the best run defense in the NFL and have managed to do well, with Lamar Miller running for 30 yards and the team as a whole running it for 65 yards.

The bad news: no touchdowns to go with that.

Run Defense:  The Jets’ only real effective offense this season has been the running game this season. Not the case in the first half, where the Dolphins have only allowed New York to run for 18 yards.

Pass Defense:  The only aspect Miami has been better at in this game than the run defense has been the pass defense. I might have to grade this on a curve too, only one Geno Smith turnover?  (I kid, they get an A).

Special Teams: Thigpen has been his terrible self, and Caleb Sturgis pulled a Caleb Sturgis in the first quarter, missing a 41-yard field goal despite there being no wind. Sturgis did end the half well with two field goal makes. 

Coaching:  Here’s what I like: the coaching staff has been rather ballsy today, going for it twice on fourth-and-one. Yes, the Dolphins failed both times, but I liked the sentiment.

Here’s the problem: the plays called on those attempts were terrible play-calls. So far, uneven is the name of the game for the Dolphins, and it starts up top.

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