Jets-Dolphins: I Went, I Saw, They Won
As I sat down yesterday in Dolphin Stadium, I was amazed. It was my second football game ever, but my first time was in seats so high up I could touch the bottom of an airplane.
This time I was at the 20-yard line, row two—and it was awesome. Everything was so close. I had a great time.
Brett Favre had a hell of a game. In fact, the Jets played a hell of a game. Let's all remember now.
David Harris played his first game as the go-to-guy in the Jets' linebacker corp. Harris had five tackles.
Bryan Thomas stepped up yesterday in a big way. He had three tackles and two sacks. I hope this is just the beginning for him. He had a great season two years ago, and he needs to return to form.
Some of the Jets' new faces on the defensive side of the ball were the most impressive. Kris Jenkins had two tackles, but he was able to free up Shaun Ellis to get four tackles and one sack. Jenkins looked like a monster.
Rookie cornerback Dwight Lowery added four tackles and one assist, but he also had some key knockdowns that saved touchdowns.
New outside linebacker Calvin Pace looked great, with five tackles and one sack. He can really cause some trouble.
Fullback Tony Richardson led the way for Thomas Jones' 22 carries and 101 yards. Jones' 4.6 yards-per-carry average is the kind of output the Jets had in mind when they signed Richardson.
With all the new players, I was worried that it would not come together quickly; but it did.
The Jets looked quick on defense and put a lot of pressure on Pennington early. The defense ended the game with 54 tackles, four sacks, and one interception.
However, what really had me going was Favre, who did something I had not seen Pennington ever do. He threw a bomb to Jerricho Cotchery to give the Jets a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The play-action fake worked beautifully.
I had a good look of it from where I was at, but not a great view.
When the Jets were marching down the field for their second touchdown, it was right in my face. It was 4th-and-13, and Favre escaped a sack. He was mashed, but he had enough arm strength on his back foot to sling it up for Chansi Stuckey.
It felt like the ball was in the air forever, but when it came down, it happened in favor of the Jets.
Quickly becoming a fan favorite for his speed and hands, Stuckey has battled injuries for two years. It was good to see him out there.
Favre ended he game with two touchdowns on 194 yards passing, and a 125.9 passer rating. He would have had more, but the Jets' defense looked sluggish in the fourth quarter. The heat in Miami may have affected their stamina.
I thought I was going to die. I couldn’t imagine how they felt.
The missed a field goal because of Mike Nugent’s injury, which was costly. The team left points on the field, as they also failed on a two-point conversion after the second touchdown.
The game could have been 27-14, but this is football!
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