Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets

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Game Information
Location: MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 77,562

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) All that dismal 0-16 talk is over. And, the New York Jets ended it early with a stunningly dominant performance.

Josh McCown threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, Bilal Powell ran for a score, and the Jets' defense frustrated Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins in a 20-6 victory Sunday in New York's home opener.

"Oh, man, it was awesome," McCown said. "It was special."

While a lot of the focus from many fans and media heading into the season was on whether the revamped Jets roster would be good enough to win any games , New York made Miami look like the team in the middle of a rebuild.

"We've always had confidence," said rookie safety Jamal Adams, who had one of the Jets' three sacks. "We're not where we want to be, but this is the start of it."

McCown finished 18 of 23 for 249 yards, Chandler Catanzaro kicked two field goals, and the Jets (1-2) forced Cutler and the Dolphins (1-1) into mistakes all game. The Jets also avoided their first 0-3 start since 2003.

"Relief? Great feeling? Whatever you want to say," McCown said. "When you win, it's a great feeling. Internally, there's a method that we go about and then there's obviously an external narrative that people have for this team. We've not bought that.

"So, for us, to say it's a relief, it was not an expectation that it was going to be hard to win a game this year. We expected to win games. We expect to win a lot of games."

New York just missed having its first shutout since blanking Cincinnati 37-0 on Jan. 13, 2010. Cutler threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker on the final play. Cody Parkey missed the extra point, capping a miserable day for Miami in 88-degree heat at MetLife Stadium.

"They just beat the (heck) out of us," coach Adam Gase said. "That's the best way to put it. We didn't show up, didn't play physical."

Cutler, making his second start for Miami, struggled to connect with his receivers throughout. Miami failed to convert its first eight third-down opportunities, not getting one until early in the fourth quarter, and finished 1 for 12.

Cutler was 26 of 44 for 220 yards with an interception and the TD toss. Miami was outgained in total yards 336-225.

"I think that game was a wakeup call for us," Cutler said. "We can't just roll it out there and expect it to happen."

A solid drive on New York's second possession stalled at the Dolphins 32, and Catanzaro shanked a 45-yard field goal attempt wide left, leaving the game scoreless.

The Jets finally took their first lead of the season on Catanzaro's 40-yarder with 7:17 remaining in the half.

New York went ahead 10-0 on McCown's perfectly placed pass to Anderson, who caught the ball in stride and sped into the end zone for a 69-yard score . The play came right after a long run by Powell was wiped out by a questionable holding penalty on center Wesley Johnson.

"Guys were all mad," McCown said of the penalty. "And I was like, `Guys, let's go get `em the next play."'

Powell leaped into the end zone from 1 yard to make it 17-0 on the Jets' first possession of the second half. The drive was kept alive by defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas - lining up as a fullback throughout the game - catching a 15-yard pass on third-and-1.

New York shut down Cutler and the Dolphins on the next drive, and Matt Haack tried a fake punt. His pass was picked off by Terrence Brooks, who had two interceptions in the game. The play cost the Jets 21 yards because Brooks chose to intercept the ball rather than just knock it down.

The Jets still got another score, though, this time on a 22-yarder by Catanzaro. It was actually Catanzaro's second made field goal of the drive, but Miami's William Hayes was called for an illegal formation penalty on the Jets kicker's 46-yarder - prolonging the possession for New York.

ON THE ROAD: The game marked the second of three road trips to open the season for the Dolphins, who had their season opener at home vs. Tampa Bay postponed because of Hurricane Irma. Miami will play New Orleans next weekend in London before making a home debut against Tennessee.

"All I know is you've got to line up on Sunday and play," Gase said. "If someone has an issue with that, they better check their profession."

SHUT DOWN: After running for 122 yards in the Dolphins' opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, Jay Ajayi managed just 16 yards on 11 carries against the Jets.

"You watched the game," Gase said. "He couldn't get through anything. Guys were in the backfield so fast."

ASJ IS A-OK: Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins made his season debut after being suspended for the first two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy while with Tampa Bay last year. He finished with five catches for 31 yards.

DOLPHIN DEBUT?: Linebacker Stephone Anthony , acquired last week from New Orleans when Lawrence Timmons was suspended indefinitely, was active for Miami but did not play.

UP NEXT

Dolphins: vs. New Orleans in London.

Jets: home vs. Jacksonville.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Jets
No scoring this quarter.

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Jets
07:17 Chandler Catanzaro 40 yd FG 0 3
01:42 Robby Anderson 69 yd pass from Josh McCown (Chandler Catanzaro kick) 0 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Jets
09:48 Bilal Powell 1 yd run (Chandler Catanzaro kick) 0 17
01:35 Chandler Catanzaro 22 yd FG 0 20

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Jets
00:00 DeVante Parker 3 yd pass from Jay Cutler (missed kick) 6 20

Team Stats
  Miami New York
1st Downs 16 16
Total Yards 225 336
Passing 195 233
Passing Completions/Attempts 26-45 18-23
Yards/Pass 4.1 9.3
Rushing 30 103
Rushing Attempts 15 34
Yards/Rush 2.0 3.0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Possession 23:52 36:08

Miami Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jay Cutler 26 44 220 5.0 1 1
Matt Haack 0 1 0 0.0 0 1

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Josh McCown 18 23 249 10.8 1 0

Miami Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Jay Ajayi 11 16 1.4 0 8
Jay Cutler 1 9 9.0 0 9
Damien Williams 2 5 2.5 0 8
Kenyan Drake 1 0 0.0 0 0

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Bilal Powell 15 37 2.5 1 9
Elijah McGuire 7 34 4.9 0 10
Matt Forte 8 25 3.1 0 12
Josh McCown 4 7 1.8 0 7

Miami Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
DeVante Parker 8 76 9.5 1 26
Kenny Stills 4 51 12.8 0 17
Jarvis Landry 6 48 8.0 0 15
Julius Thomas 3 16 5.3 0 7
Jakeem Grant 1 12 12.0 0 12
Jay Ajayi 2 9 4.5 0 5
Damien Williams 1 6 6.0 0 6
Kenyan Drake 1 2 2.0 0 2
Leonte Carroo 0 0 0.0 0

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Robby Anderson 3 95 31.7 1 69
Jeremy Kerley 5 42 8.4 0 14
Jermaine Kearse 3 42 14.0 0 18
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 5 31 6.2 0 13
ArDarius Stewart 1 24 24.0 0 24
Lawrence Thomas 1 15 15.0 0 15
Neal Sterling 0 0 0.0 0

Miami Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Chase Allen 7 0 0 0
Reshad Jones 7 1 0 0
Kiko Alonso 5 3 0 0
Xavien Howard 4 0 0 0
Byron Maxwell 4 0 0 0
Cameron Wake 3 1 1 11
Ndamukong Suh 3 1 0 0
Andre Branch 2 1 1 5
Nate Allen 2 0 0 0
Mike Hull 2 4 0 0
Davon Godchaux 1 0 0 0
William Hayes 1 0 0 0
Vincent Taylor 1 2 0 0
Michael Thomas 1 1 0 0
MarQueis Gray 0 0 0 0
Charles Harris 0 1 0 0
Jarvis Landry 0 0 0 0

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Demario Davis 11 1 0 0
Buster Skrine 8 0 1 12
Darryl Roberts 7 0 0 0
David Bass 3 0 1 3
Jamal Adams 2 0 1 10
Juston Burris 2 0 0 0
Darron Lee 2 0 0 0
Terrence Brooks 1 0 0 0
Steve McLendon 1 0 0 0
Julian Stanford 1 0 0 0
Muhammad Wilkerson 1 0 0 0
Leonard Williams 1 1 0 0
Bruce Carter 0 0 0 0
Morris Claiborne 0 0 0 0
Kony Ealy 0 0 0 0
Lawrence Thomas 0 0 0 0

Miami Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Terrence Brooks 2 13 0

Miami Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jakeem Grant 1 15 15.0 0 15

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Miami Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jakeem Grant 2 13 6.5 0 13

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jeremy Kerley 4 31 7.8 0 15

Miami Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Chandler Catanzaro 2 3 67.0 40

Miami Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Haack 7 333 64

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Lachlan Edwards 5 243 61