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, and a resilient defense helped the Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 13-6 on Sunday. and the Jets went 2 for 15 on third and fourth down.The hobbled Dolphins endured another wave of injuries and the mysterious departure of safety Reshad Jones, who pulled himself out of the game. But their defense was much improved after three consecutive poor games.“We never panicked; we knew what our defense was capable of,” Baker said. “When we are executing and do our job and play together, we’re one of the best defenses out there.”The quality of the opposition helped the defense dominate, however, allowing Miami to win with only seven first downs.Darnold tried to rally his sputtering team from a 6-3 deficit, but following a punt the rookie took a high snap and made an ill-advised throw to tight end Eric Tomlinson. Baker stepped in front for his first career interception and scored untouched.“I didn’t throw it with confidence,” Darnold said. “I just alligator-armed it — threw it a little bit short.”T.J. McDonald and Walt Aikens made interceptions to end the Jets’ final two possessions.“The guys did a good job of complementary football,” Miami coach Adam Gase said. “They played together. They did a good job of stopping the run and making it as one-dimensional as possible.”The Dolphins (5-4) broke a two-game losing streak and won for only the second time in the past six games. Coach Adam Gase improved to 5-1 against the Jets, including two wins this year.The Jets (3-6) lost their third in a row and have scored 33 points during the skid. They’ve dropped nine of their past 10 road games dating to 2017.Darnold went 21 for 39 for 229 yards and a passer rating of 31.8. He came into the game tied for the NFL lead with 10 interceptions Deandre Baker Jersey
, and the four picks were a new high.“Two for sure he’d like to have back,” coach Todd Bowles said. “Back to the drawing board.”Cameron Wake and Akeem Spence had two sacks apiece for the Dolphins, who had allowed 102 points the previous three weeks.“Everybody playing together — front to back, side to side — and getting a win, that’s about as rewarding as it is,” Wake said.TO THE BENCHJones, whose tendency to freelance has been an issue, watched the second half from the sideline. Gase said he didn’t know whether Jones was hurt.“It sounds like he pulled himself out,” Gase said. “I’ve just got to find out what happened there.”Jones didn’t talk to the media after the game.DOLPHINS SUBMiami totaled only 168 yards, but Brock Osweiler improved to 2-2 as a starter filling in for the injured Ryan Tannehill. Osweiler went 15 for 24 for 139 yards and took four sacks, but committed no turnovers.INJURY REPORTDolphins: LT Laremy Tunsil (knee) left in the fourth quarter. … RT Ja’Wuan James (knee) departed in the first half Oshane Ximines Jersey
, but later returned. … CB Bobby McCain was evaluated for a concussion. … DE Robert Quinn limped off in the field in the closing minutes.Jets: Backup LB Tarell Basham (knee) left the game in the second half.FULL WEEKENDThe field looked worn but seemed not to be an issue less than 24 hours after the Miami Hurricanes and Duke played on it in a downpour.NATIONAL ANTHEMDolphins receiver Kenny Stills kneeled during the anthem and Quinn stood with his right fist raised, as they have done before other games.UP NEXTDolphins: play at Green Bay for the first time since 2010 on Nov. 11.Jets: play host to Buffalo on Nov. 11. The teams also meet on Dec. 9. LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jordan Howard picked the perfect time to break through for the Chicago Bears.The running back was at his best on a night when quarterback Mitchell Trubisky struggled, running for a season-high 101 yards to help the NFC North leaders beat the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams 15-6 last week.Yes, the defense dominated, stopping Jared Goff and a high-powered offense.But the Bears also got their ground game going. And that was no small development for a team that’s had its ups and downs running the ball.With three games left in the regular season and the playoffs approaching, the Bears would welcome more of that.“That was nice to get that going the other day,” coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday. “We need to build off that. I feel like it was one step forward. Now we got to make sure we … continue with that next step going forward.”The Bears (9-4) could take a huge step this week by clinching the NFC North championship and their first playoff appearance since the 2010 team won the division. Even sweeter for them, they have a chance to do it against rival Green Bay when they host the Packers on Sunday.Chicago would clinch the North with a victory or a loss by Minnesota to Miami. Ties by both the Bears and Vikings would also do it.The Bears could also secure a playoff spot this week even if they don’t win the division. A tie gets them in, as does a loss or tie by Washington against Jacksonville.Considering Chicago came into this season with four straight last-place finishes, this is quite a change. In their first season under Nagy Julian Love Jersey
, the Bears are already assured a winning record for the first time since 2012. They’re doing it with a dominant defense and a creative offense, overcoming some inconsistent play at quarterback as well as in the run game.But against Los Angeles, Howard had all the right moves.“It feels very encouraging because we knew what type of team they were,” he said. “They’ve been No. 1 all year and they have some very good players on defense, with Aaron Donald and (Ndamukong) Suh and a lot of other players. So it feels very encouraging.”Chicago ranks 13th in yards rushing per game (121.5) and is tied for 18th in yards per attempt (4.2). Whether it’s been the play-calling, scheme or simply poor execution, the run game really hadn’t clicked.Though he’s the team’s leading rusher with 713 yards, Howard has been in more of a secondary role at times behind Tarik Cohen. But with Trubisky throwing a season-high three interceptions and posting his lowest rating (33.3) of the year in his return from a shoulder injury, the Bears needed to run.The offensive line held its ground against Donald and Suh and Howard hit his holes. None of his 19 attempts was for a loss, and he wound up with his first 100-yard game in 364 days. He ran for 147 at Cincinnati on Dec. 10, 2017.“We got into a good rhythm Darius Slayton Jersey
,” Howard said. “We did some good run schemes and stuff.”If Howard is frustrated with his role, well, Nagy understands. But more important to him is how his running back has handled it. And to that end, the coach is pleased.“I’m OK with guys being frustrated throughout the year, because that means they care,” Nagy said. “But you handle it the right way and that’s what he’s done from the very start. And I appreciate that. You tell him … two things — we’re going to get this thing figured out, and on top of that, it’s just going to happen where it’s going to be your time.”Last week, it was Howard’s time. And he took advantage of his opportunity.“I feel like winning makes a lot of things easier,” Howard said. “So it’s really easy to deal with. So I didn’t really think about it too much.”NOTES: The Bears placed CB Bryce Callahan on injured reserve because of a broken left foot. Nagy said Callahan will need surgery after getting hurt against the Rams. Chicago also signed CB Marcus Williams. … WR Allen Robinson (hip) sat out practice on Wednesday.