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Taking Positives From Jets Crucial Win Over Miami




The New York Jets went into Sunday’s game with a 5-5 record and in desperate need of a win any way they could get it. Fast forward a few hours, and the Jets came up big with a 38-20 victory in what was probably their biggest win yet this season.

There were so many positives coming out of this game for the Jets that I almost don’t know where to start. But here it goes.

  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick – After having a few rough weeks followed by thumb surgery, some people were starting to question his starting job. But yesterday’s performance shot down all of those critics. Fitzpatrick totaled 277 passing yards and four touchdown passes. And perhaps the most satisfying stat: zero interceptions. Fitzpatrick clearly played one of his cleanest games all season and in a game where they really needed him to perform. It was a very satisfying sight for Jets fans with some really important football games right around the corner.
  2. Chris Ivory – It may have not been his best game in the world, but 87 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown is significantly better than what he has been doing in the past few weeks. His success is so important to the team because the Jets are a good football team when he runs the ball efficiently. He also takes the pressure off Fitzpatrick and he is able to perform better as a result. And when both Ivory and Fitzpatrick are playing well, you see offensive outputs like yesterday. If Ivory and Fitzpatrick are able to stay hot down the stretch run, then the Jets will be a tough team to deal with.
  3. Brandon Marshall – It’s always good news for receivers when a quarterback plays well. On Sunday, it was Brandon Marshall having a big day with 131 receiving yards on nine receptions to go along with two touchdown catches. Marshall is one of the best receivers the Jets have had in a while and Fitzpatrick is capable of taking full advantage of him and Ivory. When Marshall and Ivory are at their best, they are scary good. Those two along with Decker (62 yards, five receptions, and one touchdown catch on Sunday) are more than capable of picking up the slack when Fitzpatrick is down. He just has to spread the wealth and keep the defense guessing.
  4. Defense – They may have given up 20 points, but 13 of those points were in garbage time when the game was already over. But when the game actually mattered, the defense was lights out. The Dolphins only rushed for nine yards on 12 attempts. Those are the effects of having a lockdown defensive line. Teams are hesitant to run the ball before the game even starts. And the secondary may have given up 321 total passing yards, but a lot of them came in the latter half of the fourth quarter when the game was already far out of reach. And it is also worth highlighting Marcus Williams who had another interception in yesterday’s game, his fifth pick of the year. That interception was also an important play in the game because the Jets were up 7-0 in the first quarter and the Dolphins had just gotten into the red zone threatening to tie the game. But Williams came up big like he has all year long. And one last thing about the defense’s performance, Darrelle Revis did not even play due to a concussion. This just shows the versatility of the Jets defense.

Although it was a crucial win for the Jets, they need to move on to the Giants next week. The games are too important at this point in the season to celebrate, especially since their record is just 6-5. It is crucial that the Jets move right on to the Giants and hopefully their momentum from their victory over the Dolphins will carry over to next weekend.

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