Luckily, Jerome Baker felt like being a touchdown maker.
The rookie linebacker picked off Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold in the fourth quarter and ran down the left flank for a 25-yard touchdown return to seal the victory for Miami. Baker’s score gave the Dolphins a 13-3 advantage that the Jets would not be able to come back from.
“I felt like they did a good job of playing together,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. “At all three levels … trying to really compliment each other. That’s what you are looking for.”
The AFC East clash began with five consecutive punts before Darnold tossed the first of his four interceptions on the day. Miami used that turnover to set up a 43-yard Jason Sanders field goal, taking a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.
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New York and Miami exchanged punting drives once again to start the second quarter, before Sanders hit another field goal to give the Dolphins a 6-0 edge. Jason Myers answered back on the Jets’ next drive with a 48-yard kick to cut the Dolphins’ lead to 6-3 at halftime.
Each team punted twice to begin the third quarter, before Myers missed a 50-yard field goal. Miami punted on the resulting drive, before Baker intercepted Darnold for the game’s lone touchdown.
Myers made a 56-yard field goal on the next drive, but the Dolphins’ defense stepped up down the stretch, intercepting Darnold on each of the Jets’ final two possessions.
Darnold completed 21-of-39 passes for 229 yards in the loss. Brock Osweiler completed 15-of-24 passes for 139 yards, but did not throw a touchdown or an interception for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins battle the Packers at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The Jets host the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. on Nov. 11 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.