Defensive line play
Along with the running backs, the defensive line may have been the most impactful unit for the Miami Dolphins on the day.
After a shaky start in which the Jets offense was able to move the ball with ease, the front line of the defense stepped up to shift the momentum. Zach Sieler made an excellent play in coverage on a New York gadget play, and added a strip sack later in the game to go along with his three tackles. When the Jets we’re trying to mount a comeback, Emmanuel Ogbah notched his 10th batted pass of the season, which helped seal the game for Miami.
While it likely shouldn’t be classified under “defensive line play”, Christian Wilkins’ touchdown reception can not be ignored. The big man lined up as a full back and caught one of Tagovailoa’s two scoring passes, giving Wilkins his second career catch and second career offensive touchdown. The celebration that followed was an epic one that has been plastered all over social media by the Dolphins.
The defensive line will face quite a test next week as they will try to contain Alvin Kamara and the Saints running game. It will be important for them to set the tone early and assert their dominance, something it took too long for them to do against the Jets.