Firstly, the New York Jets offense was moving in the first half of this game. They had a great first drive that led to a Braxton Berrios TD. Offensive Coordinator Mike LaFleur showed some creativity that led to three great drives and ended with the Jets having 17 points at the half. Zach Wilson looked confident and decisive and got a rushing TD of his own on a QB sneak. The Jets went into the half with a lead for the first time this season leading 17-10.
Secondly, the Jets defense also had a good first half of football. Ashtyn Davis got an interception that led to a FG. They got a couple of quick three-and-outs and were able to hold the Dolphins to a FG in the red zone. There were a couple of unlucky plays for the defense including a tipped pass by LB Quincy Williams that landed in the hands of WR Albert Wilson for a first down and would eventually lead to a TD for the Dolphins.
Thirdly, one final positive from the game was Eddy Piñeiro who was successful in his only FG attempt as well as his three XP attempts. This does not look like much but for the Jets this year it was much needed.
It was a tale of two halves for the Jets and the second half was not a good one for either side of the ball. The offense was stagnant and could not put up any points. Zach Wilson did not look nearly the same, although the OL or WRs did not do him many favors either. The Jets offense could not answer when the Dolphins tied the game and eventually took the lead including Wilson holding the ball in the pocket too long only to get sacked and had a fumble.
The defense could not stop the run with RB Duke Johnson rushing for over 100 yards and the Dolphins scoring a total of three touchdowns in the second half. The lone bright spot for the Jets defense in the second half was rookie Brandin Echols who got a pick-six to keep the Jets in the game.
The Jets this year have been consistently inconsistent whether that is week to week or even half to half like it was today. They do not have anything to play for anymore and this last stretch is good to see the young guys play, especially Zach Wilson. Wilson is not necessarily playing that much better, but they are also down their top two WRs as well as their starting and backup LTs.
If nothing else Wilson is progressing with getting his interceptions down and will have the final three games to keep improving. For this team right now, that is all that matters.
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