By PAUL GEREFFI, Related Press
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three landing passes and the Miami Dolphins held the winless New York Jets and not using a third-down conversion till the fourth quarter Sunday to get their first shutout in six years, 24-0.
The sport was so lopsided that Miami rookie Tua Tagovailoa made his NFL debut in mop-up obligation with 2:27 left. The Dolphins’ potential franchise quarterback ran onto the sphere to a giant roar from the group of 10,772, and a grinning Fitzpatrick waved to encourage extra cheers.
The Dolphins (3-3) reached .500 for the primary time beneath second-year coach Brian Flores and moved into second place within the AFC East behind Buffalo. The Jets (0-6) grew to become the NFL’s solely winless group and continued their worst begin since 1996, growing the warmth on embattled coach Adam Gase.
The Dolphins blanked the Jets for the primary time for the reason that January 1983 AFC championship sport, which they received 14-0.
The 2 groups had been a mixed Zero for 19 on third downs earlier than the Jets lastly transformed with 11 minutes left. The Dolphins’ solely third-down conversion got here on a completion by Tagovailoa, who went 2 for two for 9 yards.
Fitzpatrick was 18 for 27 for 191 yards for Miami. He additionally blocked for Myles Gaskins on a run and improvised a left-handed completion beneath strain for a brief achieve.
Gaskin had 18 carries for 91 yards.
Joe Flacco, making his second begin for the injured Sam Darnold, went 21 for 44 for 186 and an interception. He was sacked 3 times, as soon as for 28 yards.
The Jets, who launched operating again Le’Veon Bell on Tuesday, had 115 yards speeding.
The Dolphins constructed a 21-Zero lead within the first half. Fitzpatrick threw three brief landing passes every from contained in the 5-yard line. Adam Shaheen, Preston Williams and Durham Smythe every caught a landing move.
The attendance of 10,772 of a capability of 13,000 was the smallest crowd this season. Conspicuous by their absence was the same old vocal contingent of Jets followers.
The Jets’ Marcus Maye made a weird interception on a Fitzpatrick move meant for Preston Williams. The ball went up within the air and Maye was capable of corral the free ball by reaching behind his again and cradling the ball towards his bottom.
Xavien Howard’s second-quarter interception of Flacco’s move was his fourth of the season, and provides him an interception in 4 straight video games, the second-longest streak in Dolphins historical past. Dick Westmoreland had a five-game streak in 1967.
Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders is 15 for 15 on discipline objective tries, a franchise report to begin a season. Jets Okay Sam Ficken had made all 9 of his field-goal makes an attempt and his six extra-point makes an attempt coming into the sport, however missed a 55-yarder within the third quarter.
Jest: LB Frankie Luvu suffered a groin damage and didn’t return. … T Chuma Edoga left with a calf damage and didn’t return. … OL Alex Lewis left with a shoulder damage.
Dolphins: LB Andrew Van Ginkel left with a concussion within the second quarter and didn’t return.
Operating again Ty Jackson was the one participant kneeling for the Jets throughout “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The Dolphins stayed within the locker room.
The Dolphins have a bye after which host the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 1.
The Jets host Buffalo subsequent Sunday. The Payments received 27-17 when the groups met in Week 1.
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