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Different time zone, same result: Jets bomb Dolphins

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The last time the Miami Dolphins saw the New York Jets, they were in London playing a division game five time zones away from home. On Sunday, Miami looked like they were still in London while the Jets showed up to play in New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium.

New York dominated Miami 38-20 on Sunday, dominating the scoreboard and the stat sheet. New York controlled the game from start to finish as they improved to 6-5. The Dolphins slipped to 4-7.

On Sunday, Miami resembled the team in London routed by the Jets, 27-14 on Oct. 4. Joe Philbin was fired after the game and replaced by Dan Campbell. Things improved for a few weeks, but now Miami has only a 1-point win over woeful Philadelphia in its last five games.

The Dolphins were driving on their second possession on Sunday, when QB Ryan Tannehill was intercepted inside the 10 by Marcus Williams, who returned it to the 28. The Jets went 72 yards in 12 plays capped by 17-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to former Dolphin Brandon Marshall with 1:53 remaining in the first quarter.

The Dolphins had a chance to get out of the first half down by only one score, but the Jets had other ideas. New York went on a 92-yard drive, capped by a 16-yard connection from Fitzpatrick to Devin Smith with eight seconds left to take a 14-0 lead into the locker room. The Jets outgained Miami 234-81 during the first two quarters.

The Jets continued to pour it on in the second half, getting on the board early in the second half before Tannehill finally connected with Jarvis Landry on a 5-yard scoring pass to make it 21-7.

New York scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the fourth quarter to turn the game into a rout, 35-7. Tannehill threw two touchdown passes to Greg Jennings and DeVante Parker late in the game to make the score look somewhat more respectable.

Fitzpatrick threw for 277 yards and four scores, two of them to Marshall. The Jets’ star receiver had 131 yards receiving on the day.

By looking at the stat sheet, Tannehill had a respectable day, throwing for 351 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 33 of 58 passes.

The stats of the game can be found in the rushing department. Miami rushed for only 12 yards all day and only attempted nine runs from scrimmage the entire game.

Miami’s final rushing play came on a run up the middle for no gain by Jay Ajayi with 3:16 left in the third quarter. Ajayi led the Dolphins with 6 yards rushing on three carries. The Dolphins showed their respect for New York’s fourth-best defense against the run by not even trying to run.

The Dolphins try to save their season next Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens, 3-7 heading into Monday night’s game vs. Cleveland, visit Sun Life Stadium.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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