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The Jets once again gave a good account of themselves in this game, but they had too many defensive penalties and the offense dried up in the fourth quarter, enabling Miami's come-from-behind win. Despite knocking Jay Cutler out of the game, the Jets were unable to protect a 28-14 lead, the first time since 1999 they've had a two score lead in the fourth quarter and not won.
Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the defensive side of the ball:
Once again, the defensive line didn't generate any sacks, but this was an extremely encouraging performance. Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson combined for five quarterback hits, and each stuffed a couple of runs as the Jets held Miami to just 53 yards on 25 carries. Williams almost picked up his first sack on a blitz from middle linebacker that led to Jamal Adams recording the sack cleaning up, while Wilkerson intercepted a tipped pass to set up a touchdown. Moreover, they both looked more powerful and explosive than they have in recent weeks. Hopefully this is a sign that they are getting closer to 100 percent.
Kony Ealy had a quieter game this week, but deflected another pass. He now has more passes defensed than tackles on the season.
Steve McLendon, Mike Pennel and Ed Stinson were once again rotated in, mostly on running downs. McLendon penetrated well for two tackles in the backfield, but was also driven out of the middle on a short yardage play. Pennel also got some good penetration, although he had one missed tackle. Stinson got in on a run stop cleaning up after the runner was forced back to the inside.
Darron Lee led the team with 11 tackles, including a tackle for loss, and added a quarterback hit. He was also credited with another forced fumble, although this one rolled harmlessly out of bounds. Lee was caught out in coverage a few times, and was unlucky on a few plays where he slipped on the turf, including one that led to his only missed tackle of the game. He otherwise made some good open field tackles, but two of his best plays were negated because he was flagged for roughing the passer on a sack and facemasking on a run stop.
Lee continues to have ups and downs, but his consistency does seem to be getting better each week.
Demario Davis had a quieter game, but was in on a few run stops and recorded a fourth quarter sack on a blitz up the middle. He was only caught out of position a couple of times in coverage.
With Lee suffering from cramps, backup Julian Stanford got some extra work and responded well with a good tackle in the hole.
On the outside, Josh Martin was credited with four tackles, including a sack where he came off the edge and drove his man back into the quarterback. He added a run stop cleaning up off the backside.
David Bass and Jordan Jenkins had two tackles and a quarterback hit each. Jenkins' hit, off an inside move, knocked Jay Cutler out of the game, while Bass recorded the pressure off the edge that led to the interception by Marcus Maye. Bass and Jenkins both also did a good job of penetrating on the edge to help bottle up some runs.
Buster Skrine, who had been playing well, had a really rough game this week. He had three penalties to extend drives, including a third down pass interference call on a downfield throw that had no chance of being completed. He also gave up a catch on all eight of his targets, for over 120 yards and three of the four Miami touchdowns. He was in on a run stop, made a good open field tackle in the flat, and had a pressure off the edge, but those contributions didn't come close to erasing his rough performance in coverage.