Don't look now, but the New York Jets are 3-1. First-year head coach Todd Bowles has overseen a hot start for the Jets, who defeated the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, 27-14, at London's Wembley Stadium.
New York jumped out a 13-0 lead behind strong defense and some impressive individual efforts, and would later lead by 27-7 entering the fourth quarter.
Jets running back Chris Ivory, who had been hampered by strain quadriceps, rushed for a career high 166 yards and a touchdown. Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught seven passes for 128 yards to lead New York. It was the third consecutive game that Marshall had over 100 receiving yards.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has admirably filled in for starter Geno Smith, completed 16-of-29 pass attempts, including a 58-yard completion to Marshall on the Jets' first play on offense. Fitzpatrick finished with 218 yards and a touchdown.
The Jets defense came up big, sacking Ryan Tannehill three times and intercepting two passes in the fourth quarter. Cornerback Darrelle Revis thwarted Miami's desperate push with five minutes remaining with a diving interception in the end zone.
Indeed, the Jets defense provided several clutch plays. The Dolphins failed to convert one on their 12 third-down attempts, and were 0-4 on fourth-down attempts. Miami had just 28 total yards and one first down in the first quarter, and rushed for just 59 yards on the afternoon.
The Jets were able to overcome multiple errors, committing 14 penalties for 163 yards. Bowles may take the upcoming bye week to iron out some of the problems. The Jets will host the struggling Washington Redskins on Oct. 18.
The loss drops the Dolphins to 1-3. Joe Philbin's squad have now lost three consecutive games after defeating Washington in the season opener, 17-10. After their bye week, Miami travels to Tennessee to face the Titans.