Moore-led Mi­ami rolls on the road

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Barry Wil­ner

east ruther­ford, n.j.» Matt Moore’s first game as Ryan Tan­nehill’s re­place­ment was the best of his NFL ca­reer.

The nine-year vet­eran QB stepped in Satur­day night by throw­ing for four touch­downs in keep­ing the Mi­ami Dol­phins’ play­off hopes very much alive with a 34-13 rout of the strug­gling New York Jets.

In his first start since Jan. 1, 2012 — a Dol­phins vic­tory over the Jets, with cur­rent New York coach Todd Bowles serv­ing as in­terim Mi­ami coach — Moore picked apart the mis­take-prone hosts.

Moore hit Dion Sims for a pair of 1-yard TD passes and Kenny Stills for 52 and Jarvis Landry for 61 in Mi­ami’s eighth win in its last night games. The Dol­phins (9-5) clinched their first win­ning sea­son since 2008, the last time they won the AFC East.

Should Moore (12-of-18 pass­ing for 236 yards) con­tinue such strong play, they cer­tainly can be op­ti­mistic about play­ing in the post­sea­son.

The Jets (4-10) have lost as many games as they won in 2015, Bowles’ first sea­son in charge. They also lost sec­ondyear quar­ter­back Bryce Petty on the first play of the fourth quar­ter af­ter he was squashed by Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake and had the wind knocked out of him.

For good mea­sure, Mi­ami threw in an 11-yard re­turn of a blocked punt for a score.

The game was com­pet­i­tive for only a half. For once, the Jets started quickly. They were aw­ful in the first half of their last two out­ings, but Petty im­me­di­ately guided them 75 yards in seven plays for a 7-0 lead. Robby An­der­son, com­ing on at wide re­ceiver late in the year, badly beat Bacarri Rambo on a cross­ing pat­tern and sped into the end zone.

It took a re­play chal­lenge by Dol­phins coach Adam Gase to get an in­com­ple­tion over­turned into Sims’ first 1-yard touch­down catch early in the sec­ond quar­ter — Moore’s first TD throw since Week 8 of 2012, also against the Jets.

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