Jets vs. Dolphins: Miami's Biggest Winners & Losers from Week 3

Scott AltmanCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

Jets vs. Dolphins: Miami's Biggest Winners & Losers from Week 3

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    The New York Jets gave the Miami Dolphins every opportunity to notch their second consecutive victory.

    But a pair of missed field goals from Dan Carpenter and an untimely injury to Reggie Bush prevented the Dolphins from capitalizing on Gang Green's mistakes. 

    That wasn't all that went wrong, though. 

    The Dolphins' secondary couldn't stop Santonio Holmes, Ryan Tannehill threw a momentum-swinging pick-six and more than 50 percent of his completions went to Davone Bess and Anthony Fasano. 

    Miami's offense is getting great production from some, (Reggie Bush, Davone Bess, the offensive line) but very minimal production from everybody else.

    This is a heartbreaking loss that could send the Dolphins down a dark path. Now, Joe Philbin and Ryan Tannehill face their first true test of adversity. 

Loser: Dan Carpenter

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    Dan Carpenter is hands down the biggest loser from Sunday's loss. 

    He missed a 47-yard attempt late in the fourth quarter that would've put the Dolphins ahead by seven points with under 14 minutes remaining. 

    Later, in overtime, he missed a potential game winning 48-yard field goal that would've clinched a victory. Instead, the Jets got the ball back, marched down the field and won the game. 

    Carpenter was virtually automatic last season, but he has also struggled with inconsistency before. In 2010, he missed 11 field goals. Will he repeat that subpar performance again this season? Maybe, but it's too early to tell.

    Overall, Carpenter has been a very reliable source for the Dolphins, but if he continues missing field goals within 50 yards—especially in tight games—then Jeff Ireland should begin looking around for another kicker. 

Winner: Lamar Miller

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    For the second straight week, Lamar Miller delivered when called upon. 

    With Reggie Bush sidelined, Miller stepped in and responded with 48 rushing yards on nine carries, giving him a solid 5.3 yards per carry average. In the last two weeks alone, he has 113 rushing yards on 19 carries. 

    The Dolphins kept Miller inactive for Week 1, but he has clearly done enough to warrant a permanent spot on the 53-man roster. Moreover, he has done enough to warrant a role with the offense.

    Given his playmaking skills and ability to run in between the tackles, Miami would be wise to find ways to get Miller onto the field in different roles—furthermore, get him onto the field with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas. 

Loser: Richard Marshall

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    Richard Marshall was a winner today...until he got flagged for pass interference in the end zone and later surrendered a 37-yard reception to Santonio Holmes in overtime. 

    Marshall intercepted Mark Sanchez on the Jets' first offensive drive, but things only went downhill from there.

    He was flagged three times for different penalties and struggled to contain Holmes throughout the afternoon. Sanchez showed no hesitation throwing in Marshall's direction. He targeted Holmes 14 times and completed nine of them for 147 yards. 

    This is the third consecutive week Marshall has landed on the loser list and things aren't looking up. 

Winner: Davone Bess

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    Davone Bess continues to establish himself as the Dolphins' only consistent and reliable wide receiver. 

    Today, he reeled in five receptions for 86 yards. For perspective, Miami's next leading wideout, Anthony Fasano registered only 47 receiving yards. Despite Bess' production and reliability, Ryan Tannehill targeted both Anthony Fasano and Brian Hartline more often.

    Moving forward, that should change. 

    On the season, he now has 13 receptions for 174 yards. Bess is clearly this team's best wideout and he should be treated as such. 

Loser: Brian Hartline

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    Nine targets. One reception. 

    One week after Brian Hartline took the league by storm with a nine-reception performance, he was completely shut down by Antonio Cromartie. This game serves as a much-needed reminder that Hartline is not superman and he is not a true No. 1 wide receiver. 

    Hartline didn't register a reception until overtime when he reeled in a beautiful 41-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill. Had Dan Carpenter made the ensuing field goal try, perhaps that one reception would've redeemed Hartline's day. 

Winner: Chris Clemons

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    Chris Clemons was hot and cold on Sunday afternoon, but when you compare this performance with his past performances, he's most definitely a winner. 

    First, Clemons intercepted Mark Sanchez in the end zone, which prevented the Jets from taking the lead early in the third quarter. On top of that, he met Shonn Greene at the line of scrimmage twice and delivered punishing hits on both occasions. 

    One thing Clemons has struggled with in the past is playmaking and making his presence felt, but he finally did that. 

    That being said, he took a terrible angle on Jeremy Kerley's 66-yard reception and allowed a slew of receptions to be completed underneath him.

    Overall, however, this is a very positive development for Clemons, hence, he is a winner.  

Loser: Daniel Thomas

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    In his first week back from a concussion, Daniel Thomas received a golden opportunity to establish himself as the powerful, multi-purpose running back he was in the preseason. 

    And while Thomas did pound in a short-yardage touchdown, he was otherwise underwhelming. 

    In total, he rushed for just 69 yards on 19 carries—a very pedestrian 3.6 yards per carry. But, more importantly, he fumbled. Ball security has been an issue dating back to his days at Kansas State, when he fumbled 11 times in two seasons.

    Last season, he coughed up the football twice on just 165 carries. This season, he has already fumbled twice on 22 carries. 

Loser: Anthony Armstrong

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    When Anthony Armstrong is playing a prominent role on your offense, maybe it's time to reevaluate your personnel department. 

    Somehow, we managed to convince ourselves that Armstrong—whom the Redskins, another team thin at wide receiver, cut prior to the regular season—would breakthrough and become a steady producer. 

    But, he has looked awful in two games thus far.

    On Sunday, he caught only two passes for nine yards on six targets. Armstrong also dropped a pair of inexcusable passes.