3700 V 30000
ID: Service 3
Miami Dolphins vs New York Jets
CW: 13 BD 02 D2 BC 01 BC 79
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Not much was expected of Miami Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore and defensive end Cameron Wake entering the season. Moore, 32, was an aging backup quarterback who hadn’t played since 2011, while Wake is a 34-year-old defensive end coming off a season-ending Achilles injury.
It was unknown if Moore would get another start after sitting four-plus years behind iron-man quarterback Ryan Tannehill. And who knew if Wake could still handle the grind of 16 games or have the same kind of explosion after significant surgery.
It turns out Moore and Wake — two old-timers — were the biggest cogs in Miami’s 34-13 blowout victory over the New York Jets. The Dolphins (9-5) swept the Jets in two games this season and now hold the final wild-card spot in the AFC by a half-game over the Denver Broncos (8-5), who will host the New England Patriots (11-2) on Sunday.
In his first start since 2011, Moore led the Dolphins’ offense with 236 passing yards, a career-high four touchdowns and one interception. Moore was able to shake the rust quickly on a short week. His best passes were a 52-yard deep ball to receiver Kenny Stills for a touchdown in the second quarter and a 66-yard TD to receiver Jarvis Landry in the third.
Also, Wake became the first Miami defensive lineman since Jason Taylor in 2006 to record a sack and an interception in the same game. Wake caused two turnovers with a sack-fumble and interception of Jets quarterback Bryce Petty in the first half that kept points off the board for New York. Wake also combined with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with a big hit in the fourth quarter that knocked Petty out the game.
The Dolphins have won eight of their last nine games. But the most interesting part of this streak is that Miami has prevailed in a variety of ways.
For example, the Dolphins beat the Jets the first time in Week 9 with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by rookie Kenyan Drake. The Dolphins beat the San Diego Chargers in Week 10 via a late pick-six by linebacker Kiko Alonso. Miami also beat the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11 with two late touchdown drives by the offense and beat the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12 with a big defensive stop on the final drive.
Add an old-timer’s kind of night to the list of ways Miami has won this season. Moore and Wake are two veterans who raised their level of play at a very opportune time for the Dolphins.