Overall Game Grade — A+
Garbage-time scoring aside, the Dolphins defense was beyond dominant this afternoon. Sanchez was under pressure a lot on the day, which led to two Sanchez turnovers and four sacks. Miami’s defense had to come up big in this game, and did just that.
Fourth Quarter — B
The Jets offense finally got off some push against this Dolphins defense in their first drive of the quarter, however it should be noted that Miami’s defense seems to have gone into more of a prevent mode, not rushing Sanchez and making him uneasy in the pocket in the same way that they did in the first three quarters.
Despite this, Kevin Burnett was able to get a sack on Sanchez in the Jets’ first drive, forcing a pivotal third-and-seven. This would lead to a Sanchez incompletion, and the Jets facing fourth-and-seven. The Jets did convert on that play however.
This would lead to a Mark Sanchez touchdown pass, cutting the lead to 18-points. Bad job on the defense this drive; as they veered too far from the defensive game plan that allowed them to dominate the Jets for the first three quarters of the game.
The Dolphins did go back to this game plan for the two-point conversion, which led to the Jets failing to convert.
The Jets would get the ball again after Miami tacked on a field goal to make it 30-9. This time around the Dolphins defense was a lot sharper, despite continuing to play in the prevent mode. However bad penalties by the Dolphins gave the Jets more yards than they should’ve, but at the end of a blowout like this, it’s points that matter, and not yards, and even the Jets doing well in garbage time can’t take away from the tone this defense set in the first three quarters of the game.
Third Quarter — A+
The Jets offense started the third quarter with great field position, then decided to use their run game to start the quarter off. Miami would have difficulty against the Jets running game, which would lead to an open Dustin Keller catching a (insert number) yard pass from Mark Sanchez.
It would only lead to a field goal though, as the Dolphins did a great job once the Jets were within striking distance.
On the next possession, the Jets would get a 35-yard run from Shone Green, setting them up at midfield. However the possession would end with an incomplete pass and a tipped pass from Sanchez, forcing the Jets to punt once again.
The Jets offense would be beneficiaries of Miami’s first turnover of the game, putting the Dolphins defense in a precarious spot. However this drive would end with a Chris Clemons interception, thus stifling any momentum the Jets looked like they had gained.
The Jets would get another third quarter possession, and the Dolphins would force the Jets into a fourth-and-one situation. The Jets would convert the fourth down, but would still be forced to punt.
Second Quarter — A+
Another defensive possession for Miami, another three-and-out for the Jets offense. You can tell the Dolphins defense is doing a great job, as the crowd in The Meadowlands has officially turned on Mark Sanchez (a weekly occurrence as of late but still an accomplishment).
The Jets would gain two yards on their second possession thanks to Tim Tebow, but once they put Sanchez back in at quarterback, the Jets would go three-and-out once again.
The third Jets possession would again go three-and-out, thanks to a Cameron Wake sack. There’s not much to say about the Dolphins defense because they have just been that good.
The Jets' offense would put together a good drive to end the second quarter, however the Dolphins defense still held the Jets to a 35-yard field goal attempt, which would be blocked by Olivier Vernon, punctuating with some Gangham style dance moves.
First Quarter — A+
The first quarter saw an impressive performance by the Dolphins defense, with only one play that went wrong (a 13 yard pass to Dustin Keller). Overall the Dolphins held the Jets to 25 yards in three series, and even helped to set up a blocked punt that gave Miami a 10-0 lead.
The Dolphins defense would get the ball back from the Jets one more time, forcing a Mark Sanchez turnover at the end of the first quarter. Quite a first quarter for the defensive unit.