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1) First Half Action – It was an exciting thirty minutes of action to start the game, but not all of the excitement was positive for the Miami Dolphins. The New York Jets had plenty of positive moments, scoring 21 first-half points against the Dolphins defense. It was the most points scored against this unit all season long. The Jets offense put together five plays of over 20 yards, but the Dolphins were able to answer with two first-half touchdowns, marking the first time in five games this offense was able to find the end zone twice in the first half. The only difference between the two teams in the first 30 minutes was a Jay Cutler pass that was intercepted by defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson inside the Dolphins’ five-yard line. The Jets turned that play into points and a seven-point halftime lead.
2) No Running Room – The Jets’ defensive front seven were dominant once again, stonewalling Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, and harassing the timing in the pass offense. New York pressured the line of scrimmage and limited the Dolphins to only 53 total yards on the ground, with Ajayi rushing for only 51 yards on 23 carries. The offensive line continued to suffer bumps and bruises during the game with center Mike Pouncey missing some snaps and left tackle Laremy Tunsil leaving the game with an apparent knee injury.
3) Matt Moore Does His Job – On a day when the Miami Dolphins honored the perfect season of 1972, backup quarterback Matt Moore did his best impersonation of the late Earl Morrell and came off the bench to lead the Dolphins to victory. Moore wasn’t perfect, but he made the necessary plays in the pass offense to get the job done. Moore relayed on wide outs Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry to outwork the Jets secondary and find space to get into the end zone in the fourth quarter. The game was ultimately won on an interception by Bobby McCain that turned into a Cody Parker game winning field goal from 39 yards out, but the play of Moore, Stills, and Landry dug the Dolphins out of a hole and into a tie for first place in the AFC East.