EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 08: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on December 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold hits Robby Anderson and Demaryius Thomas for first-half TDs against the Miami Dolphins.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJSam Darnold is back to playing good ball a week after leading his team to defeat against the winless Cincinnati Bengals.

He finished the first half with 141 yards and two touchdowns through the air on 10-of-16 passing.

Darnold’s first score went to Robby Anderson. Down 3-0, the USC product stepped up in the pocket against a Dolphins three-man rush to find Anderson wide open near the hashes.

He walked in for the team’s first touchdown of the day.

In the second quarter, after field goals from Sam Ficken and Jason Sanders, Demaryius Thomas made a tremendous adjustment for a haul in the end zone that was initially ruled incomplete on the field.

After further review, DT and the Jets were awarded the score.

Anderson’s stat line showcases 73 yards and a touchdown on three grabs. Thomas takes 28 yards and his possession score on two hauls into the locker room.

Jamison Crowder tallied two catches for 20 yards. Ryan Griffin, Daniel Brown and Bilal Powell are all stuck on a single catch apiece.

On the other side, Fitzmagic is looking to make its mark, but Gregg Williams had other plans. Coaching without stud strong safety Jamal Adams and nickel back Brian Poole, Williams has put together a “bend but don’t break” defense that’s allowing underneath yards. It’s the only shot his defense has while playing without its leader, the man whom the scheme is totally built around.

Despite 189 yards and three trips into the red-zone, the Dolphins have settled for three field goals. Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown for 177 yards and an interception on 10-of-18 passing.

The New York Jets hold a 16-9 lead over the Miami Dolphins as the teams mull it over in their respective locker rooms.

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