New York Jets, Miami Dolphins
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The Jets are putting in a decent showing in a matchup of AFC East bottom-feeders

The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins take a 7-7 tie into halftime.

Jets Leaders

  • PASSING: Joe Flacco (10 of 17, 100 yards 1 TD)
  • RUSHING: Michael Carter (8 carries, 61 yards)
  • RECEIVING: Ryan Griffin (2 receptions, 34 yards)

Dolphins Leaders

  • PASSING: Tua Tagovailoa (16 of 21, 127 yards, 1 INT)
  • RUSHING: Myles Gaskin (9 carries, 26 yards)
  • RECEIVING: Mike Gesicki (5 carries, 44 yards)

Gotta go to Joe

Joe Flacco is more or less picking up where he left off with the Jets, putting a consistent first half through completions to six different receivers (one of whom was new fullback Nick Bawden, who earned a 20-yard first down reception).

He’s working well with the hands that offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and the Dolphins have given to him, keeping the Zach Wilson-less momentum alive.

By working well with the Jets’ offense, Flacco has provided Wilson a solid frame of reference to study as he prepares to make his presumed return next weekend.

A Flacco-to-Jamison Crowder fourth-down touchdown accounted for the Jets’ only score of the first half.

The Doctor is in

The Jets adjusted their offensive starting lineup on Sunday, subbing Greg Van Roten for Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at guard. They later inserted Connor McDermott for an injured Morgan Moses, who was lost on a Flacco fumble brought upon by a Brandon Jones sack from the blindside.

Nonetheless, the revamped line has kept Flacco out of trouble: Jones’ sack was the only takedown for a loss of yards, while the Dolphins only had two further pressures. The Jets are taking full advantage of their consequence-free settings.

In their defense

The first half was defined by a defensive resiliency. A horror show was set to ensue when it took the Dolphins only six minutes to march 83 yards toward six points, but they went on to force three punts and an Ashtyn Davis interception.

Perhaps that says more about the state of the Miami offense, but it was still an inspiring showing for an effort in desperate need of good vibes.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email: geoffmags90@gmail.com

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