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

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IDecember 29, 2013

Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis (9) attempts but misses a field goal against the New York Jets during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

The New York Jets put together one of their best performances of the season in Week 17, defeating the Miami Dolphins handily and spoiling their rival's playoff hopes. 

Check below for live grades and analysis for each of New York's positional units in the big victory. 


New York: 20

Miami: 7

New York Jets' Game Grades
Positional UnitHalf-Time GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseB+B+
Run OffenseB+A-
Pass DefenseBA+
Run DefenseAB
Special TeamsC+C+
vs. Dolphins Week 17

Final Analysis for New York

Pass Offense: For maybe the first time all season, Geno Smith strung together two consecutive impressive performances. Smith looked relaxed in the pocket, and he wasn't afraid of making plays downfield. New York's offensive line was phenomenal throughout the day, not allowing a single sack to a solid Miami pass rush. 

Run Offense: Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell weren't spectacular, but they got consistent yardage up the middle and kept drives moving. New York used big bodies to get short yardage and the offensive line did a nice job controlling the line of scrimmage. 

Pass Defense: Gang Green's defense made the second half a living hell for Ryan Tannehill. New York didn't have a sack, but it was constantly in the face of Tannehill. The secondary forced three interceptions, including one to ice the game in the final minutes. This was by far the secondary's best performance of the season. 

Run Defense: New York's front seven let up a little in the second half, allowing Lamar Miller to gain 44 yards on just seven carries. However, they prevented Miami's runners from any huge plays, and the pass defense more than made up for the slight drop off. 

Special Teams: Nick Folk missed his first field-goal attempt, but he rebounded nicely and hit his next two tries. The return game didn't do much and Ryan Quigley was average in five punt attempts. 

Coaching: A huge win for Rex Ryan. Ryan has taken a talent-starved roster and won eight games with it. The late-season surge likely means that Ryan will be back on the New York sidelines in 2014. Both Ryan and Mornhinweg called terrific games.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 29:  Bilal Powell #29 and Sheldon Richardson #91 of the New York Jets celebrate a touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/G
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

First-Half Analysis for New York

Pass Offense: Geno Smith couldn't find any open receivers for two-thirds of the half, but he found his groove late. Smith completed all five of his passes on New York's first touchdown drive, and he showed terrific poise in the final two minutes on the Jets' second scoring possession. Smith has shown signs of coming around in the season's final weeks. 

Run Offense: The Jets rushing game was neither good nor bad in the first 30 minutes. Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory combined for 45 yards on 12 carries, a subpar mark considering Miami's struggles defending the run. However, Geno Smith burned the Dolphins on the ground, with two phenomenal runs inside the 10, one of which went for a score. 

Pass Defense: Ryan Tannehill struggled to find his receivers, as he failed to complete half of his passes. However, the Dolphins signal-caller still managed a touchdown on blown coverage by Dee Milliner, and he wasn't sacked once. The Jets have struggled to make plays on the defensive side of the ball all season, and it continued in the first half today. 

Run Defense: New York's front seven was predictably stout against a subpar Dolphins rushing attack. Lamar Miller only managed 29 yards on 10 carries, and Daniel Thomas couldn't gain a single yard on two touches. The Jets' front had their way with Miami's offensive line. 

Special Teams: Jeremy Kerley gained seven yards on the Jets' lone return in the first half, but Ryan Quigley only averaged 40 yards per punt on three attempts. 

Coaching: After a slow start on the offensive side of the ball, New York was terrific late. That can be credited to superb play-calling from Marty Mornhinweg, who continued to call a balanced attack. Rex Ryan's defense kept Miami in check, but they have to find more success with the pass rush against the Dolphins' horrendous offensive line. Expect Ryan to call more blitzes as the game wears on.


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