The Miami Dolphins overcame their second straight double-digit deficit as they defeated the New York Jets, 31-28. Miami hasn’t had two consecutive comebacks of 14 points or more since 1980. The Dolphins rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit against the Atlanta Falcons before overcoming the 28-14 deficit against the Jets. This victory also marks Miami’s twelfth straight victory in one-possession games.
Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes in the first half, connecting with Landry and Fasano, as the Dolphins scored 14 points in the first half after combining for 13 in the first two quarters in their first five games. After Cutler left the game with a rib injury, Moore threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Stills to help erase a 28-14 fourth-quarter deficit. Cornerback Bobby McCain intercepted a pass from the Jets 15-yard line to set up Cody Parkey’s 39-game winning field goal. Cutler and Moore became the first pair of Dolphins quarterbacks to throw touchdown passes in the same game since 2010 when Chad Henne and Tyler Thigpen did it.
Although Jay Ajayi rushed for only 51 yards, the Dolphins continued their streak of winning when Ajayi gets 18 or more carries. Jarvis Landry had seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown, marking his third straight game with a touchdown. Kenny Stills had his best game of the season recording six receptions, 85 yards and two touchdowns. Stills’ success might have been due to the face paint he was wearing which was inspired by Isaac Asiata’s face paint in college.
Cameron Wake showed everybody why he earned the nickname “Jet Killer,” finishing with 2½ sacks. This marks the fifth consecutive game he has reached the quarterback. Wake is now the NFL’s leader in sacks since he entered the league in 2009. His total ranks second in Dolphins’ history trailing Jason Taylor by five for the most in a player’s first nine seasons with the team. Wake also has the second-most sacks all-time in NFL history by an undrafted player. It was the 16th time in his career that he posted two or more sacks in a game and his 21st multi-sack game.
Kicker Cody Parkey has three game-winning field goals this season — a 54-yarder against the Chargers, a 38-yarder against Atlanta, and a 39-yarder in Sunday’s victory over the Jets. Parkey is 8 of 8 on field goals this season.
Along with Cutler, the Dolphins also lost left tackle Laremy Tunsil to a knee injury in the third quarter. DeVante Parker, Maurice Smith, Byron Maxwell, Stephone Anthony, Sam Young, Isaac Asiata and Vincent Taylor were all inactive.
Miami has been outscored, 40-7, in the second quarter this season but have outscored their opponents 41-10, in the fourth quarter. Approaching the hardest stretch of their schedule, Miami needs to find ways to put up more points in the first half.
Miami will have a short week to prepare for their Thursday match-up against the Ravens. Baltimore ranks 31st in run defense so expect a big game from Jay Ajayi.
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