Even if the Miami Dolphins finish the year at 11-5, they could miss the playoffs. They could also make the playoffs at 10-6. Either way, we need some help.
But despite that need for help, it was an impressive win over the Jets. Several unheralded plays were just as important as the big highlight reels we’ve been watching again and again.
First was Adam Gase’s challenge on the Jets’ “first down” that was actually a yard short. Conventional wisdom is to say “Ahh, they’re gonna get a first down anyway, so give it to them.” Dolphins Truth said NO, and Gase agreed. The same Side Judge who erroneously said Dion Sims’ first touchdown was out of bounds also gave the Jets an extra yard a half on his initial spot. Both times, video proved him wrong. Gase’s challenge helped nullify a Jet drive and get us the ball back.
Also, Marquis Gray recovered a Jay Ajayi fumble to keep our own drive alive. That is the type of turnover that could have sunk our ship–or at least take away all momentum–but Gray was on the spot. A huge play.
Xavien Howard was winning praise all night, but I’m still very concerned that he’s not watching the ball. Three different time, Petty underthrew Brandon Marshall, and all three times, Marshall saw this and tried to adjust. Howard never saw this. If he had looked, he would have had three interceptions. Still no word on Byron Maxwell’s ankle, but let’s hope it’s minor as we prepare for another icy game in Buffalo.
I thought the NFL announcers did a fine job last night. I actually enjoyed the analysis of Doug Flutie and Tony Dungy, and I didn’t think I would, since these guys are not regulars in an NFL broadcast booth.
I turn it over to you. What do you think of the Jets game? What about my prediction of 30-13, as I was only off by 4 points? What about the Bills?