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OVERALL GAME GRADE: B+
In the end, it was the offense that won the game for the Jets. Despite poor chemistry for much of the game, the offense made some late clutch plays to pull off the win.
In his return to Miami after his 2011 meltdown, Santonio Holmes was outstanding, catching nine balls for 147 yards.
Bilal Powell provided a spark in the running game and figures to continue to see an increased role.
This unit will have its work cut out for them next week against what figures to be an angry 49ers team.
Fourth Quarter: B+
Again the Jets had trouble with timing and drops. Mark Sanchez missed Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes on deep throws and Hill, Holmes and Bilal Powell didn't help things with crucial drops.
Sanchez also failed to connect with Chaz Schilens who was wide open for a potential touchdown.
Holmes was then called for a crucial hold on what would have been a long screen play to Powell at the 5:00 minute mark.
For all their ugliness today, the Jets put the game in the defense's hands to win with three minutes left after a touchdown by Jeremy Kerley.
Third Quarter: C-
Another Jets drive was short-circuited by a poor route by a receiver. This time, it was tight end Jeff Cumberland who wan too close to a lob pass thrown to Stephen Hill, allowing his man to intercept the underthrown ball. You can't make an excuse for every Sanchez interception, but it does appear that routes by the receivers have played a hand in both.
Sanchez finally attempted a pass in Tebow's direction, but it bounced off his helmet as Tebow failed to get his head around in time. All those plays with Tebow running routes as a decoy appeared to have gone for naught as the Dolphins had him covered.
The offense made up for things with a big catch-and-run by Jeremy Kerley. The pass covered 10 yards in the air and Kerley ran for 56 additional yards.
Second Quarter: C
Well, at least the Jets got on the board at the end of the quarter, capping a methodical 16-play drive with a field goal.
The big story of the offense thus far is the struggles of the offensive line. Sanchez has been under slight, but constant pressure and rarely has much time in the pocket.
The wide receivers again are having a difficult time getting open and aside from some quick bursts from Bilal Powell, the running game hasn't done that much.
Stephen Hill dropped a catchable ball on what should have been a touchdown on their final drive of the quarter.
First Quarter: C-
As expected, the Jets have had a tough time running the ball against a strong Dolphins' front. They tried to get creative with some exotic packages, but the Dolphins weren't fooled. Even when Shonn Greene has seen some holes open for him, they have closed quickly.
The timing between Mark Sanchez and his wide receivers isn't there yet. Stephen Hill returned from what looked to be a knee injury, but dropped a pass that would have converted a third-down. Sanchez hasn't had to run for his life just yet, but there have been times he has had to shuffle around due to broken-down protection.
I don't know what it is about Santonio Holmes, but these replacement referees seem to really like him. He has been a magnet for drawing illegal contact and pass interference penalties.