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NY Jets holding their own vs. Dolphins at the halfway mark

Sauce Gardner, New York Jets
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The New York Jets seem well on pace to end their embarrassing divisional losing streak against the Miami Dolphins.

Jets (19)

PASSING: Zach Wilson (8-of-13, 145 yards)
RUSHING: Breece Hall (7 carries, 39 yards)
RECEIVING: Breece Hall (1 rec., 79 yards)

Dolphins (14)

PASSING: Skylar Thompson (10-of-16, 67 yards, 1 INT)
RUSHING: Raheem Mostert (10 carries, 77 yards, 1 TD)
RECEIVING: Tyreek Hill (7 rec., 38 yards)

Can the Run Game

To the credit of Miami third thrower Skylar Thompson, he’s helping keep the Dolphins in the game despite some solid resistance. The Jets need to do whatever they can to tear up any safety blanket Thompson has at his disposal: a run game headlined by Mostert that’s averaging nearly seven yards a carry. If the Jets are going to lose this game, it should be from the arm of Thompson, not the legs of an experienced, accomplished rusher like Mostert.

Sauce Pouring It On

If the Jets pull this off, this one will likely go down as the Sauce Gardner game: he unintentionally changed the course of the contest with his safety-inducing hit on Teddy Bridgewater and also welcomed Thompson to the NFL with his first career interceptions on both sides. He and his mates in the secondary have also appeared to have taken Tyreek Hill’s rejection personally: his traditional big gains have been non-existent thus far.

The Kids Are All Right

The Jets are taking chances, showing variety, and cashing in on bestowed opportunities … in other words, there is some legitimate, sustainable offensive traction brewing in East Rutherford. Breece Hall has been a dual threat, Zach Wilson has found his NFL legs well enough to take chances in the run game (scoring a Jets touchdown with Michael Carter), and Alijah Vera-Tucker has responded well to the forced versatility. Nothing would boost the offense’s confidence more than a 300-yard game from Wilson and a victory by at least two possessions … both are well within reach today.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags 

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