Grading the Miami Dolphins for their 34-13 rout of the New York Jets (National Honor Society edition)

Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) throws against the New York Jets in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) throws against the New York Jets in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


Matt Moore gets the Earl Morrall Award for this weekend for his four-touchdown performance that shows why coaches insisted they would not change a thing about their play-calling because Ryan Tannehill was out. More than that, Moore proved he not only can carry this team into the playoffs but be formidable in them.

Moore set the tone early on a play when he was going to get hammered on a blitz. Didn’t matter. He lobbed one up to Kenny Stills for 52 yards. Touchdown.

Grade: A-plus

Running backs

Thought this would be the Jay Ajayi Show. It wasn’t. Average per carry: 2.8.

Grade: C-minus


Kenny Stills, huge on that winning drive against the Cardinals last week, showed that speed again, toasting Justin Burris for a 52-yard TD.

Not to be outdone, Jarvis Landry went over the 1,000-yard mark and outran everybody on a 66-yard TD reception. Not bad for a slow guy.

Did we mention TE Dion Sims had two TDs?

Grade: A

Offensive line

Matt Moore was sacked once and had enough time to pick apart the Jets’ defense, but running lanes for Jay Ajayi were virtually nonexistent.

Grade: B-minus

Defensive line

The Jets drove for a touchdown way easier than it should have been on the game’s opening possession and were driving for a second score when Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake took over this game.

Suh made plays all night, including one stop after being hit by three blockers. The Jets then attempted the rather novel concept of not blocking Wake, who clobbered Bryce Petty, forcing a fumble that Suh recovered. The greedy Wake added an interception in the second quarter, conjuring images of Jason Taylor.

Jets guard Brian Winters couldn’t handle Suh and was called for holding in the second quarter.

The Jets’ terrible offensive line obviously couldn’t block Suh and Wake. At times, it didn’t even try, which is how Petty ended up getting sandwiched by those two and knocked out of the game.

All in all, this may have been the best tag-team performance by Wake and Suh in their two years together.

Grade: A-plus


Kiko Alonso made a big fourth-down stop against Bilal Powell for no gain. Alonso had an unsightly missed tackle that led to a Jets field goal at the end of the first half. Alonso was hardly alone, though.

Grade: C

Defensive backs

Welcome back, No. 2 pick Xavien Howard. He had a nice pass break-up on a deep ball to Brandon Marshall and added two more good PBUs. Howard was seeing more playing time than expected because of an injury to Byron Maxwell, which denied us the entertainment of the Marshall-Maxwell duel.

Tony Lippett made a beautiful third-quarter interception. He looked like a receiver on that play — maybe because he used to be one. He also added a pick on the last play of the game.

Safety Bacarri Rambo couldn’t keep up with Robby Anderson on a 40-yard TD reception.

Grade: A

Special teams

Walt Aikens broke through clean to block a punt and score a touchdown. Package that with his two outstanding special teams plays vs. the Cardinals and it’s obvious Aikens has become a force on that unit.

The last time Dolphins blocked a punt for a TD had been Oct. 28, 2012, by Olivier Vernon — vs. the Jets.

Andrew Franks missed an extra point on the first Dolphins score.

Grade: A-minus


Excellent decision by Adam Gase and his eye in the sky to challenge the play that produced a touchdown reception by Dion Sims. Gase also won a challenge to deny the Jets a first down.

Oh, and in his first year as a head coach, he has led the Dolphins (9-5) to their first winning season since 2008.

Grade: A

Photo gallery from Dolphins-Jets game

[No matter who plays QB for the Dolphins, this guy makes their life easier]

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