By Jeff Plungis , CNN Written by
It wasn’t a very good Sunday for New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco and the rest of his teammates as they fell to a rather decisive 20-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon.
The defeat dropped the Jets to 6-6 on the season, putting them well off the pace that would have got them into the playoffs in 2015. The Dolphins improved to 8-3-1 and now sit atop the AFC East.
Even as Flacco struggled to look like his former Super Bowl champion self, the game wasn’t entirely his fault.
He finished with a meager 148 passing yards, and was sacked once by an opportunistic Dolphins pass rush. To make matters worse, fellow Jets quarterback Josh McCown was as quiet as a fish on Sunday as well, throwing for just 42 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
As you’d expect, the Jets’ two biggest failing were turned in by Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Landry, who was one of the NFL’s most electrifying players in 2015, was this season’s equivalent of a lightning strike — a quick dinger that sends shockwaves throughout the opposing secondary.
On Sunday, Landry stashed away 129 yards on six catches, including the Dolphins’ only two touchdowns of the game.
The first of those came in the first quarter, when he split the Jets’ two defenders and made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch before out-jumping one in the end zone.
Even more impressive was the second touchdown, where he took a ball thrown up in the air and made a gutsy grab in the corner of the end zone before crashing down.
Miami had also scored the game’s first touchdown, when Tannehill used his feet in the open field, to throw a 10-yard pass to Kenny Stills.
Despite the lopsided score, Sunday’s contest saw both teams play a pretty clean game, only throwing five interceptions — the Jets’ total number for the season to date.
Earlier this week, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey lamented the Jets’ lack of explosiveness in the final two months of the season, but said that’s not a concern this week.
“I think we have a plan,” Gailey said. “We have a plan that we think is a better plan than the plan we had before.”