“Relief? Great feeling? Whatever you want to say,” McCown said. “When you win, it’s a great feeling. Internally, there’s a method that we go about and then there’s obviously an external narrative that people have for this team. We’ve not bought that.
“We expected to win games. We expect to win a lot of games.”
The Jets just missed their first shutout victory since blanking Cincinnati, 37-0, in January 2010 when Cutler threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker on the game’s final play. Cody Parkey missed the extra point, capping a miserable day for Miami at MetLife Stadium.
Dolphins Coach Adam Gase said the Jets had simply put a beating on his team. “We didn’t show up, didn’t play physical,” Gase said.
Cutler, making his second start for Miami, struggled to connect with receivers throughout. Miami failed to convert its first eight third-down opportunities and finished 1 for 12.
Cutler finished 26 of 44 for 220 yards with an interception and the touchdown. Miami was outgained in total yards by 336 to 225, but it wasn’t even that close. After three quarters, the Dolphins had managed just 81 total yards and five first downs.
“I think that game was a wake-up call for us,” Cutler said. “We can’t just roll it out there and expect it to happen.”
Seeking their first lead of the season, the Jets put together a solid drive on their second possession. After the drive stalled, Catanzaro missed a 45-yard field goal attempt to the left, leaving the game scoreless.
The Jets finally went ahead on Catanzaro’s 40-yard kick with 7:17 remaining in the first half.
The Jets extended their lead to 10-0 on McCown’s perfectly placed pass to Anderson, who caught the ball in stride and sped into the end zone for a 69-yard score. The play came one play after a 41-yard run by Powell was wiped away by a holding penalty on center Wesley Johnson.
“Guys were all mad,” McCown said of the penalty. “And I was like, ‘Guys, let’s go get ’em the next play.’ ”
Powell leapt into the end zone from a yard out to make it 17-0 on the Jets’ first possession of the second half. The drive was kept alive when defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas, who lined up as a fullback throughout the game, caught a 15-yard pass on third-and-1.
On the Dolphins’ next drive, the Jets continued to shut down Cutler and Matt Haack tried a fake punt on fourth down. His pass was picked off by defensive back Terrence Brooks, the first of two interceptions for Brooks on Sunday.
The Jets finished their scoring late in the third quarter on a 22-yard field goal by Catanzaro. It was actually Catanzaro’s second kick of the drive, but Miami’s William Hayes was flagged for illegal formation on a 46-yard field goal attempt, prolonging the possession for the Jets.