Jets take care of Suh, beat Dolphins 27-14 in London
LONDON (AP) The New York Jets flew to London knowing that the key to victory was neutralizing Ndamukong Suh.
And they were right.
The Jets (3-1) beat the Miami Dolphins 27-14 Sunday in the first game at Wembley Stadium to feature division rivals, racking up 425 yards of total offense while allowing Suh only three tackles.
”It wasn’t easy, man, that’s a good defense,” Jets right tackle Breno Giacomini said. ”Suh, (Cameron) Wake, their whole defense, they gave us a good fight, and (it) felt good to get a win from them.”
Chris Ivory led the way for the Jets with a career-high 166 yards rushing and one touchdown, while Ryan Fitzpatrick ended up with 218 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception.
For the Dolphins (1-3), it was their third straight loss and put coach Joe Philbin’s job on the line.
Both teams have byes next week, as usual for teams playing in London. When they return to the field on Oct. 18, the Dolphins will play at Tennessee; the Jets will host the Washington Redskins.
Here are some more things to know:
PENALTIES: As good as the Jets played on offense, it was defensive penalties that allowed the Dolphins to make a game of it.
The Jets gave away 163 yards on 14 penalties, including back-to-back pass interference calls that gifted the Dolphins 58 yards and set up Ryan Tannehill’s first of two touchdown passes.
”We practically gave them seven points with two penalties,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. ”We can’t have the penalties … and beat a lot teams in this league. We were fortunate today.”
PHILBIN’S JOB: After Miami’s third straight loss, Philbin and his staff are in danger of losing their jobs. He doesn’t seem to be too worried, though.
”I’m worried about getting this team straightened out, fixed, and getting our team ready to play the Tennessee Titans,” said Philbin, who added he spoke to owner Stephen Ross after the game.
”It went well,” Philbin said. ”We always talk. We talk during the week all the time, every week.”
HOME-FIELD CURSE: The Dolphins have now played regular-season games in London three times, and they are 1-2 with their only win coming when they were the designated ”away” team.
In 2007, the Dolphins were the ”home” team when they lost to the New York Giants 13-10 in the first game at Wembley Stadium. They beat the ”host” Oakland Raiders 38-14 last year.
Against the Jets, the Dolphins were again the ”home” team.
LONDON GAMES: One down, two more to go.
Besides the Jets and Dolphins, there are two more games scheduled to be played this year at Wembley, the home of England’s national soccer team. Buffalo will take on Jacksonville on Oct. 25, and Detroit will face Kansas City on Nov. 1.
Both the Dolphins and Lions won in London last year, while the Jaguars lost at Wembley for the second straight season.
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