Jets vs. Dolphins: Does Winning Ugly Matter for New York?

Erik FrenzSenior Writer ISeptember 23, 2012

What's in a win? 

A win, by any other name, would still put the Jets at 2-1, along with 2-0 in the division.

The Jets showed a great deal of resiliency to stick with it despite minute after minute of struggles. Quarterback Mark Sanchez picked up his 12th career game-winning drive despite his 21-of-45 passing performance (46.67 percent completions) for 302 yards, one touchdown and two ugly interceptions.

"Ugly" is the best way to describe this win for the Jets.

That being said, is it fair to be critical of a team in a win?

Only if the team fails to deliver on its purpose.

"We want touchdowns, not field goals. Make sure you put that in the headlines."

Those were the words from Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano amidst the Jets' tumultuous preseason in which their first-team offense failed to score a touchdown. Yet consistently, the Jets settled for field goals; with five opportunities from inside the 20 against the Dolphins, the Jets scored just one touchdown and kicked three field goals. 

But they won.

It took two late missed field goals by Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter and an ill-advised icing of Jets kicker Nick Folk by Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.

It was ugly, but they won.

Just how ugly was it? Just a few examples of the offensive display of offense from the Jets:

  • With 1st-and-goal from the Dolphins' 1-yard line, the Jets lost one yard on the next three plays and kicked a field goal.
  • One of the Jets two touchdowns came on an interception return by safety LaRon Landry.
  • This was a series by the Jets offense from inside the 10-yard line: Shonn Greene with a one-yard carry. Tim Tebow brought down for a loss. Mark Sanchez with an interception in the end zone.
  • Speaking of Tebow, the offense lost two yards on his three plays at quarterback. 
  • The Tebow follies reached their climax when a pass from Sanchez to Tebow bounced off his head.

Those are just the anecdotes from this game. The offense has struggled tremendously over the past two weeks.

In fact, it's been ugly ever since the Jets took a 41-7 lead against the Bills early in the second half of Week 1. Since then, the Jets have outscored 68-40 and out-gained by 940 yards to 745. 

The Jets are 2-1, and ugly doesn't begin to describe it. Does "ugly" matter, though?

A win, by any other name, still counts in the win column.

The Jets have suffered through 10 straight quarters of bad football and are still 2-1. If the offense ever starts clicking, their wins won't be by any other name. They'll just be wins.

But isn't that what they are already?


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.