Brandon Marshall up, D'Brickashaw Ferguson down in Jets' win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A look at the New York Jets players who were “up” and those who were “down” in Sunday's 38-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium:


Ryan Fitzpatrick: He put to rest the crazy notion that Geno Smith might be a better option at quarterback. Rebounding after two bad games in a row, Fitzpatrick passed for 277 yards and a season-high four touchdowns. His passer rating also was a season high -- 118.9. More important, he had no turnovers. It was clean game for the (mostly) clean-shaven quarterback, who completed passes to six different receivers. Fitzpatrick has 20 touchdown passes, becoming the first Jets' quarterback since Mark Sanchez (2011) to hit the 20 mark.

Brandon Marshall: The Dolphins decided to play Marshall in single coverage for most of the game, with Brent Grimes. Bad idea. Marshall finished with nine receptions for a season-high 131 yards and two touchdowns -- on only 11 targets. That's what you call a productive day. "Brandon played great," coach Todd Bowles said. "When he plays calm and under control, he's a great player." He needs only 69 yards to become the Jets' first 1,000-yard receiver since Jerricho Cotchery in 2007.

Calvin Pryor: In the locker room, Marshall called over to Pryor, "Hey, Tone Setter. That's Troy Polamalu." Pryor set the tone early, delivering a big-time hit on wide receiver Rishard Matthews, who left the game with rib and shoulder injuries. The Dolphins weren't happy with the Jets' reaction to the hit, accusing them of celebrating an injury. It definitely provided a spark. Pryor finished with seven tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup. He also did a nice job on tight end Jordan Cameron, holding him to two catches for 13 yards.

Devin Smith: Ah, sweet redemption. One week after his Houston nightmare, the rookie wideout scored his first NFL touchdown on a 16-yard post route. His teammates were ecstatic, knowing how down he was after last week's big drop. Fitzpatrick said of the touchdown, "It was such a trust throw. He had to cross the face of an inside leverage corner and he goes up and makes a great catch."


D'Brickashaw Ferguson: The Jets had six penalties, and Ferguson was responsible for two -- both of them false starts. He also allowed a sack. It was a sloppy day for the entire offensive line, which committed five penalties (one declined).

Buster Skrine and Darrin Walls: The cornerbacks got roughed up by wide receiver Jarvis Landry, the lone bright spot for the Dolphins -- 13 catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. The Jets had to alter their coverage plans on the fly. Marcus Williams, who started for the injured Darrelle Revis, was injured on a first-quarter interception return. Walls and Skrine took turns on the outside, replacing Williams. Ryan Tannehill finished with 351 passing yards and three touchdowns, so it was hardly a stellar day for the secondary. Interestingly, former No. 1 pick Dee Milliner was active but saw no time on defense.