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Dolphins hurt chances at No. 1 pick with first win of the season, over just hits

Good news: the Dolphins got their first win of the year. Bad news: it hurts their draft positioning. Welp.

Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Miami Dolphins scrambles out of the pocket during the second quarter against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on November 3, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins will not go winless in 2019. The Dolphins stunned the New York Jets in Week 9 by a final score of 26-18. I suppose stun only holds so much value when one bad team beats another bad team. The Jets entered the game 1-6 and had shown little since their Week 6 win over the Dallas Cowboys. They weren’t a good team, but the Dolphins showed little to suggest they would actually improve to 1-7 in this game.

If you bet on the point total in this game, hopefully you bet the over. The Dolphins led 26-15 in the closing minutes, with the point total installed at 42.5. The Jets drove down into Dolphins territory and after getting to 4th and 11 at the Dolphins 11, they kicked a field goal to secure the over.

Ryan Fitzpatrick led the way throwing for 288 yards and three touchdowns. The Jets defense looked abysmal most of the day in defending the pass. They shut down the Dolphins ground game, but it didn’t matter. Mark Walton and Kalen Ballage combined for 48 rushing yards on 19 carries.

It was a comedy of errors for stretches, but props to the Dolphins for building an early lead and not blowing it late. However, they do hurt their chances for the No. 1 overall pick. They were a half game back of the 0-8 Cincinnati Bengals, and now will move a full game back in the race for the top pick. They will move into a tie with the Jets and Falcons, and all three will sit a half game back of 1-8 Washington, who now sits in the No. 2 pick behind the Bengals.

The Dolphins travel to face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10, while the Jets “host” the New York Giants. The Bengals return from their bye to face the Baltimore Ravens, while the Falcons are back for a road game against the New Orleans Saints.