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NFL Week 6 PFF ReFocused: Miami Dolphins 24, New York Jets 0

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) celebrates a touchdown pass to Miami Dolphins tight end Durham Smythe (81) in the second quarter to give the Dolphins a 21-0 lead against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, October 18, 2020. [ALLEN EYESTONE/The Palm Beach Post]

As the only remaining winless team in the NFL, the New York Jets have claimed pole position in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. With Le’Veon Bell out of town and Sam Darnold out for the second consecutive week, the Jets folded quickly in the South Florida heat.

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Story Of The Game

Ryan Fitzpatrick played near-flawless football in the first half, completing 14-of-18 passes for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns. The same could not be said for Joe Flacco, who forced New York to punt on six of its first nine possessions.

Xavien Howard and Byron Jones are two of the best man-to-man corners in the league and are key cogs in this defensive scheme. Today, they combined to surrender three catches and 32 yards. Howard picked off Flacco in the first half for his fourth interception in four games.

Coming out of halftime, Brian Flores leaned on his defense to close out the game. Fitzpatrick even gave way to first-round quarterback Tua Tagovailoa late in the fourth quarter, with the No. 5 pick of the 2020 NFL Draft completing both of his pass attempts for 9 yards — the first of what Dolphins fans hope will be many.

The Dolphins only totaled 110 yards on the ground, but second-year pro Myles Gaskin continues to show a lot of promise as the go-to ball carrier with 91 yards — 51 of them coming after contact — on 18 carries. Targeted four times, Gaskin also added four receptions and 35 yards.

Rookie Watch

Entering Sunday without left tackle Mekhi Becton due to a shoulder injury, the Jets offensive line surrendered 26 total pressures in Miami.

With Bell off to Kansas City, fourth-round pick La’Mical Perine touched the ball eight times for 29 yards as the backup to 37-year-old Frank Gore.

Tackle Robert Hunt played all 56 of the Dolphins’ offensive snaps, while guard Solomon Kindley logged 55. On defense, nose tackle Raekwon Davis appeared on the field for 25 snaps after being limited to nine in Week 5.

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