Jets vs. Dolphins Week 15 recap: Everything we know

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The Jets had all the momentum in the world. Then they came crashing back to earth.

A strong first quarter had Gang Green in solid shape for a Week 15 win, but the team fell apart on both sides of the ball and once again allowed their opponent to put up over 30 points. The Dolphins had no problem coming back on their home turf, winning 31-24 following a second-half collapse by New York.

What looked to be a promising day resulted in the Jets’ 11th loss of the season. The Dolphins, meanwhile, extended their winning streak to six and improved to .500.

Final Score:

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24

MIA

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14

31

Game Notes

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Out of the Gate: Fast starts have been hard to come by for the Jets, but they enjoyed a stellar first quarter. A methodical opening drive ended in a Braxton Berrios touchdown, and a field goal gave the Jets their first double-digit lead of the season. Gang Green’s defense, meanwhile, held Miami scoreless and didn’t allow Tua Tagovailoa to complete a pass until the Dolphins’ fourth possession. Ashtyn Davis also picked the quarterback off. It didn’t take long for the Dolphins to score once the second quarter began, though. It was all downhill from there for the Jets.

Can’t Stop the Run: Just when it looked like New York’s defense was going to put up a valiant effort, Duke Johnson plowed through the Jets. The running back totaled over 100 yards and two touchdowns, pacing a Miami rushing attack that eclipsed 180 yards.

Anti-Pass Pro: The Jets’ pass protection was pathetic on Sunday. Zach Wilson’s fourth-quarter fumble and a sack shortly thereafter were products of him holding the ball, but the rookie was under duress all afternoon. While Wilson was able to escape some pressure with some backyard football plays, he also took six sacks for 44 yards.

Tricky, Tricky: Jets OC Mike LaFleur had a lot of fun in this one, calling a number of trick plays. However, it was the Dolphins’ deception that broke a 17-17 tie in the fourth quarter:

Standout Performers

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CB Brandin Echols: While it wasn’t enough to produce a win, Echols’ fourth-quarter pick-six tied the game at 24. The rookie finished the game with three defended passes and four tackles.

What's Next?

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The first and second overall pick will square off in Week 16 when Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars visit Zach Wilson and the Jets. This matchup will have plenty of implications on the next draft, as well.

Kickoff at MetLife Stadium is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26.

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