The golden arm.
The golden boy from SoCal.
Sam Darnold, the star in the making threw for over 300 yards, one touchdown and drove the Jets to three scores and still lost.
Oh Darnold is the real deal and he’ll be real good a year or two from now.
Probably playoff good.
However, the Dolphins didn’t want to see his potential today, but were on a mission to squash it.
The Miami Dolphins defense, taking up where they left off last year, forced a fumble, had two interceptions, and featured a defense that flew to the football.
Lead by Kiko Alonso, no one was safe in the middle of the field and with that spark, guys just went out and made plays.
Rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick made it hell for Darnold to complete passes deep and snuffed out the short passes and screens.
After a TJ McDonald interception and opportunistic return inside the 20, the Dolphins scored from six yards out as Kenyan Drake found a hole and powered to the end zone.
As the Dolphins took the first lead of the game, the turnover game became infectious as Kiko Alonso forced a fumble and Raekwon McMillan pounced on it.
On the ensuing drive, at the Jets 29 yard line, Tannehill with some serious pressure on the outside found Albert Wilson on a drag route and managed to juke his way past a diving Buster Skrine down the sideline for the score.
Dolphins up 14-0.
With the next drive, the Dolphins managed to get to the 33.
Tannehill magic to the rescue, as he dropped back, looked and fired into the waiting arms of AJ Derby-the former QB from Arkansas, a former Rich Gannon protege and now a tight end.
Dolphins up 20-0.
That was it.
Despite a few drives from the Jets-including one as time expiring as Reshad Jones made a key tackle of rookie tight end Herndon, with Bobby McCain finishing the play-Herndon fell a yard short.
The second half was all Jets, but just a touchdown and two field goals.
With 5:45 to go in the game, the Dolphins found themselves close to victory, but they needed a big offensive miracle.
This time it was there Meadowlands Miracle-MetLife Miracle.
On 3rd and 19, Tannehill as he was being hit, threw and errant pass nearly hitting the ground as Frank Gore scooped it up in midair and glided down the middle of the field as he fell forward past the first down marker.
The Dolphins, earlier on the drive summoned their captain, Ryan Tannehill as he sprinted past a defensive end on a zone read play slid after making the yards necessary for the first down.
It’s this athleticism as Gase called it in their postgame conference, that allowed for the Dolphins to move the football in spots.
Remarkably, to open the game, Tannehill ran for 20 yards and it set the tone even though the Dolphins punted on the first drive of the game.
For all the crap that the Dolphins have gotten starting slowly in games, Head coach Adam Gase for instance, consider this-the Dolphins have scored on nearly all of their drives because of forced turnovers.
Take that ESPN and NFL Networks.
For the Dolphins, the Raiders are next and payback is in order.
Photo Credit: Miami Herald