The “flack attack” was back, but the Jets offense failed to collect enough points as Gang Green lost to the Miami Dolphins 24–17.
It was a close match, different from the previous three losses when they were outscored by 84 points. But Robert Saleh, whose Jets are 2-8, was still disappointed with the end result as he felt he took the game away versus the Dolphins taking it.
“It doesn’t matter if you lose by one or 50,” Saleh said. “This one we lost.”
The Dolphins love to run, with QB Joe Flacco going over Jet Mike White because of his experience against a blitzing defensive plan. White has struggled against Blitz this year and the Dolphins plan may have given White some trouble. White’s passer rating is 37 when blitzed.
But Flacco upheld Saleh’s decision. He thrived against blitz, going 12-for 19 for 166 yards and two touchdowns, one of which came in the third quarter.
“I think they came to us a couple of times. I think you can tell at times that there were some balls we were able to get out,” said Fleco. “I was getting hit as I But I was able to get them out and get them in the hands of a few guys. I think overall, we probably handled it very well.”
One of the plays that stood out happened late in the third quarter.
Elijah Moore burned Dolphins’ cornerback Brian Jones to grab a 62-yard touchdown. Moore drives a thin post and Jones goes for the interception and misses. It was a foot race in the middle of the field between Moore and dolphin safety Jevon Holland. The second-round pick turned on the Jets and scored untouched.
Moore knew the dolphins were sending an alien blitz and knew they had to win quickly.
“The way the first nickel cracked, I felt the pressure. So I knew I had to speed up my route. It was probably like 10 yards,” Moore said. “I think I went to eight. So, I just adjusted… It’s definitely a pleasant feeling. If you think your quarterback is going to get hit, you don’t want him to get hit.” . You want him to get the ball out.”
It was the main game of the day where Moore took a total of eight catches for 141 yards and one touchdown.
However, the Jets didn’t always handle the blitz well. Flacco threw the ball inside the 10-yard line after being smashed by safety Brandon Jones in the second quarter. He spends the Jets points.
Overall, Flaco made a heroic effort, going 24-in-39 for 291 yards with two touchdowns.
But the Jets offense only scored 17 points.
In today’s NFL, teams cannot win by that output. The defense needs to perform almost perfectly to overcome this.
And yes, the Jets covered 380 yards, but plays like Moore’s electric score were rare.
There were moments when the offense showed potential, such as Michael Carter sprinting for a 39-yard advantage on the second drive of the game. This set up Flacco’s first touchdown pass for Jamieson Crowder.
In some promising news for Jets fans, the Jets’ defense finally resembled a capable unit, with the Dolphins’ offense scoring 24 points. Granted, it wasn’t like the Jets’ defense was going up against an explosive unit.
The Dolphins’ offense averaged 17 points per game, 28th in the NFL, coming Sunday. But it is still an improvement from a Jets group that has allowed 175 points in their last four matches.
However, Saleh is nowhere satisfied.
“Still could have been better,” Saleh said. “Thought they played with their butt. They worked hard. They get dialed in all week…[Had] Penalty for continuing to drive. Got a chance to win in the Red Zone on a couple of occasions. So if we want to be more consistent and play good football it still has to be a lot better.”
The defense had bone-headed moments in the third quarter when Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Mack Hollins in the third.
The jets were in cover three and blew Michael Carter II out of the slot. Hollins also ran a fade route from the slot and cornerback Isaiah Dunn bit on a hitch route from Albert Wilson. This left a huge hole for Tagovailoa to hit the Dolphins to top up 14-7.
Saleh cited “poor eye discipline” for the defensive breakdown.
Such plays are unforgivable, especially when the dolphins struggle to be thrown down the field.
Other breakdowns occurred in significant parts of the fourth.
With 11 minutes left in the game, at 14-14, Tagovailoa threw it to Miles Gaskins in the middle and Bryce Hall broke the pass on third and four from the goal line.
But John Franklin-Myers was flagged for roughing up the passer, which extended the drive, and Tagovailoa threw a touchdown pass after a few plays to top the Dolphins 20-14.
Another example was when Tagovailoa was sacked by Quinnon Williams, with 5:30 remaining on third and three, as the Jets trailed by seven.
But Jason Pinnock was flagged for a defensive catch, which extended the drive. and headed for a field goal, to seal the loss for Gang Green.
It wasn’t all bad. Ashtyn Davis blocked the first interception of his career. And the run defense kept the Dolphins at 3.5 yards per carry.
So there was some progress for jet defense. But mistakes on both sides drowned him.
next: The Jets play the Texans in Houston Week 12.