The New York Jets don’t have anything close to a franchise quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick yet he has managed the team’s offense to a 3-1 start. In week four of the NFL season he contributed 218 passing yards and Jets’ running back Chris Ivory contributed a career high 166 rushing yards as they combined to help the Jets gain 425 yards of total offense and beat the Miami Dolphins.
Fitzpatrick started things off with a 58-yard completion to Brandon Marshall on the first play from scrimmage and Ivory scored from the three.
The Jets quickly discovered the formula to win this game. Keep giving the ball to Ivory. He finished with 29 carries for the day and an average of 5.7 yards per rush.
Jets’ kicker Nick Folk also helped converting three extra points and field goals of 22 and 48 yards. However, he did miss a try from 40-yards out.
The Jets success was partially due to the offensive line’s ability to neutralize the Dolphins’ defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. In fact, Suh had only three tackles the whole game and the first didn’t come until the third quarter.
However, the Jets helped the Dolphins with a number of penalties. For example, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill threw deep to Jarvis Landry and Jets’ star corner Darrelle Revis was flagged for a 36-yard pass interference. Tannehill then attempted a pass to Jordan Cameron and Jets’ DB Marcus Gilchrist committed pass interference that cost the Jets another 22 yards. Tannehill threw a touchdown pass to Jake Stoneburner on the next play. However, the Dolphins offense was unable to convert a third down on 12 tries and was unable to convert on fourth down on 4 tries.
Tannehill finished with 19 completions on 44 attempts for 198 yards and two touchdowns. His other TD was a 10-yard pass to Kenny Stills in the fourth quarter.
The game was played at London, England’s Wembley Stadium. It is the first time the Jets played in the NFL’s International Series and the third time the Dolphins have played in the event. This game was the 12th regular season NFL game to be played at Wembley. There will be two more games played at Wembley this season — the Buffalo Bills will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 25 and the Detroit Lions will play Kansas City on November 1. JETS 27 DOLPHINS 14
The Buffalo Bills experienced discipline problems as they lost to the New York Giants last Sunday. For example, their offense could gain only 77 yards and achieve two first downs on their first nine plays from scrimmage and they were flagged 17 times for 135 yards.
Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor had a 31 yard touchdown pass in the third quarter negated due to a holding penalty and in the final minute of the game Bills’ tight end Charles Clay caught a 32-yard touchdown pass that was cancelled due to a chop block penalty on O-linemen Richie Incognito and Cordy Glenn.
The Giants were leading 16-3 when Tyrod Taylor completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Karlos Williams with 9:41 remaining changing the score to 16-10.
Later, on a third and three play on the Giants’ 49, Eli Manning avoided a Bills blitz and dumped a short pass to running back Rashad Jennings, who then ran the rest of the 51-yard play for a touchdown and with the extra point the score was changed to 23-10.
Manning completed 20 passes on 35 attempts for 212 yards and three touchdowns including a 21-yard toss to Dwight Harris and an 11-yard play to Rueben Randle. He committed one interception.
Taylor completed 28 passes on 42 tries for 274 yards and a touchdown. Clay caught nine passes for 111 yards. GIANTS 24 BILLS 10
AFC EAST STANDINGS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 3-0
NEW YORK JETS 3-1
BUFFALO BILLS 2-2
MIAMI DOLPHINS 1-3
AFC EAST SCHEDULE
BILLS @ TITANS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2015
PATRIOTS @ COWBOYS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2015
NEW YORK JETS BYE
MIAMI DOLPHINS BYE
Courtesy of the New York Post