Grading the Jets after their 22-21 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
The Jets moved the ball decently in the first half but struggled in the second. The first four drives of the second half ended with an interception, a turnover on downs, and a pair of punts, respectively. They managed the game-winning drive with some help from the Dolphins’ pass interference penalty. QB Sam Darnold (20 of 36, 270 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 86.6 rating) made some poor decisions and got away with a few. WR Robby Anderson (7 catches, 116 yards, 1 TD) continues to play at a high level. RB Bilal Powell (19 rushes, 74 yards) played well in place of Le’Veon Bell.
This was not the Jets’ best defensive performance of the year, but they did a great job in the red zone. The Dolphins went 0-for-6 in the red zone, kicking field goals instead of scoring touchdowns. The patchwork secondary did not give up a play of more than 25 yards. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (21 of 37, 245 yards, 1 INT, 65.7 rating) did more damage with his legs (8 rushes, 65 yards) to the Jets than his arm. LB James Burgess (13 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PD, 1 FF) was all over the field.
Kicker Sam Ficken was the hero with his 44-yard field goal and also had field goals of 42 and 37 yards. The only negative was the missed extra point, which was the result of a bad snap/hold. The Jets had no penalties on four kickoff returns, which is notable.
The Jets are still playing hard. They could have packed it in after last week’s loss to the Bengals. Adam Gase gets credit for keeping the team together. Gase’s play-calling was strong in the first half and then questionable in the second half. The decision to go for it on fourth down was not a good one and nearly cost the Jets. Gregg Williams deserves a ton of credit for finding a way with a bunch of backups. The defense was not great Sunday, but kept the Dolphins out of the end zone.