The New York Jets gift-wrapped and handed the Dolphins a win Sunday, after blowing a 14 point, 4th quarter lead to fall to 3-4 on the year. After a Marcus Maye interception of Dolphins back-up quarterback Matt Moore, the game seemed all but sealed for the Jets, but then they folded in crunch time. Many will look at the lack of production in the 2nd half from the Jets offense and the late interception by Josh McCown as what lost the game for the Jets, but the penalties played a larger role in the overall flow of the game. The Jets had 12 accepted penalties for 124 yards Sunday and they cannot expect to win a close game with those types of numbers.
After coming off arguably his best game in his three-year career with Jets last week, cornerback Buster Skrine had one of his worst games Sunday. Although an unlucky play, Skrine was unable to deflect away a batted ball that fell right into the lap of Kenny Stills put the Dolphins in position for their first touchdown on the day. His defensive pass interference penalty on a 3rd down, set up the Dolphins to score their second touchdown. And then the third and fourth touchdowns were scored by the man he was covering.
Dolphin QB’s Jay Cutler and Matt Moore threw at Skrine 7 times, completing all 7 passes for 119 yards and 3 touchdowns, going along with his 3 penalties.
Woes on offense
The Jets offense also had their share of bad penalties with holding calls against Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brian Winters negating two nice plays by Matt Forte and Bilal Powell as well as an unnecessary roughness penalty by Wesley Johnson stalled what looked like a promising drive.
Not to mention the inexcusable penalty on Robbie Anderson for taking off his helmet and tossing across the field during the final possession for the Jets.
The Jets are second in the league in accepted penalties (57) and this team cannot keep beating themselves with stupid penalties.
Todd Bowles appears to be much more of a disciplinarian than former coach Rex Ryan, and he needs to show it by benching players who keep committing penalties.
The Jets will look to bounce back against at home on Sunday against the reigning NFC Champions Atlanta Falcons, who have lost their last three games, all to AFC East opponents (vs Buffalo 23-17, vs Miami 20-17, @New England 23-7).