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Inside The Numbers: Dolphins 20, Jets 12

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We examine, via numbers, the Dolphins’ impressive road victory against the Jets, the 2-0 start, and some individual performances.

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  • The Dolphins have started 2-0 for the 20th time in franchise history. It also happened in 1972, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2010 and 2013.
  • The Dolphins made the playoffs 14 of the previous 19 times they started 2-0.
  • NFL teams that have started 2-0 since 1990 have gone on to make the playoffs 62 percent of the time, according to NFL RedZone.
  • The Dolphins had last won their first AFC East road game of a season in 2012. That victory also came against the Jets (30-9).
  • This was the first 20-12 score in Dolphins history and the 22nd ever in the NFL. The last one had come last season when the New Orleans Saints defeated the Chicago Bears.
  • The victory ended the Dolphins’ six-game losing streak against the Jets in September games, a streak that began more than a decade ago. The Dolphins’ previous September victory in this series was a 21-10 decision in 2003.
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  • The Dolphins’ five interceptions in the first two games also are the team’s most since that 2000 season when they had a franchise-record-tying seven in that span.
  • The Dolphins defense came up with three takeaways in each of the first two games, a first for the franchise since 2000.
  • Thanks to those five picks, the Dolphins lead the NFL after two weeks in lowest opponent passer rating at 56.6. By comparison, the opponent passer rating in 2017 was 94.8. The Dolphins are allowing opponents to complete 57 percent of their passes, which is the fifth-best defensive showing in the league.
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  • Linebacker Kiko Alonso’s 13 tackles against the Jets was the second-highest total by a Dolphins player in the past 20 years and was the highest since 2011 when safety Yeremiah Bell had 14 tackles against San Diego.
  • After the first two weeks, Alonso is tied for the NFL lead in initial tackles with 19 and is in a seven-way tie for first with two forced fumbles.
  • Miami’s 20-0 halftime lead marked the seventh time the Dolphins led a road game by 20+ points at halftime since 1991 and the first time since Oct. 28, 2012 at the Jets.
  • The last time the Dolphins held a halftime lead of 20 points or more was Oct. 25, 2015 when they led Houston 41-0.
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  • Second-year punter Matt Haack placed five of his six punts against the Jets inside the 20-yard line, the third time in his career he’s had five or more inside the 20. No other Dolphins punter has ever done it more than twice.
  • The Dolphins allowed the Jets only 2.2 yards per rushing attempt, tying their best performance since Week 4 of the 2016 season when they gave up a 2.1 average against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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  • Tannehill’s 44 rushing yards surpassed the Jets’ team total of 42 yards. It was the first time a Dolphins quarterback outrushed an opposing team since that 2003 road victory against the Jets when Jay Fiedler had 35 rushing yards and the Dolphins allowed only 21.
  • Ryan Tannehill’s eight rushing attempts against the Jets tied for most by a Dolphins quarterback since 2002 when Ray Lucas had 11 carries against Baltimore. Tannehill also had eight rushing attempts against Jacksonville as a rookie in 2012. The franchise record is 15 by David Woodley in 1981.

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