The first half saw the Jets offense put up just 54 yards of offense and zero points on the way to a 17 - 6 deficit. The Jets defense held the high octane Dolphins offense to 10 points, picked off Tua Tagovailoa twice, and still the Jets trailed by double digits at the half. To add insult to injury, the Jets offense gave up a 99 yard pick six to the Dolphins on a Tim Boyle Hail Mary pass as time expired in the half. It was a dispiriting half of football for Jets fans, to say the least. Fans hoping Tim Boyle might be able to give the hopeless Jets offense a spark came away disappointed.
The Jets opened the third quarter on defense. Considering the only Jets points at the half were scored by the defense, perhaps that was a good thing. The Dolphins settled for a field goal on their first drive of the second half and the Jets trailed 20 -6, with little hope of the offense closing that gap.
The third quarter closed with the score still at 20 - 6. The Dolphins were on the move, using the running game and short passes to chew up the last 9+ minutes of the quarter. The Jets offense still hadn’t even come close to scoring a point. They had barely even moved the ball forward all game. It was, frankly, a little like watching Alabama or Ohio State take on one of their early season sacrificial lamb opponents. The outcome was never in doubt, the Jets were completely out of their depth, and only a couple of turnovers prevented the game from being a rout.
The Dolphins opened the fourth quarter on the move on offense and quickly put up a touchdown on a run by Raheem Mostert to make it a 27 - 6 game. And that, as they say, was that. Game over on the first play of the fourth quarter. The rest was just garbage time.
The Jets controlled the ball on offense for the large majority of the fourth quarter, but they were unable to score until there was less than five minutes left in the game. A Tim Boyle to Garrett Wilson touchdown pass brought the Jets to within two touchdowns at 27 - 13, but it was far too little, far too late. The Dolphins tacked on a late touchdown to make the final score Dolphins 34, Jets 13.
With the loss the Jets fall to 4-7 on the season. Now the Jets have nine days to prepare for a home game against the Atlanta Falcons.