New York Jets Start Cold but Cruise to Victory over Miami Dolphins, 24-6

Chris Dela RosaContributor IOctober 17, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:   Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets runs upfield for a touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Final score: Jets 24, Dolphins 6

As expected, the New York Jets snapped their 3-game skid by returning to Metlife Stadium at the Meadowlands and beating their Rivals the Miami Dolphins 24-6.  The score sends a message that the Jets were great from the start to finish while the Dolphins could not get much going for them.  That message is wrong, both teams were very sloppy to start the game, but as the first half wore on, the Jets were able to execute Brian Schottenheimer's plays a lot better while still shutting down the Miami offense.

For a team with as many explosive weapons as the Jets, New York started off very slow against the Miami Dolphins.  On their first four drives, the Jets were only able to gain 19 yards, without getting a single first down.  Then, midway through the second quarter, the Jets started to find their rhythm through the air as they started to move the ball downfield.  In the end, they were able to capitalize on their movement of the ball by having Mark Sanchez run a quarterback draw to give them a 14-6 lead after their only scoring play was a 100-yard interception return for Darrelle Revis. 

Meanwhile, the Dolphins struggled the entire game.  Dropped passes coupled with a poor running game prevented the Dolphins from moving down field all game.  The worst came when Miami got really lucky by recovering a fumble on a kickoff and was in the red zone with a great opportunity to get ahead even more, but the Jets defensive line held firm by shutting down the run.  Then on third down, Darrelle Revis intercepted Moore's attempt to Marshall and then returned it for a touchdown.  A similar situation happened later in the first half when the Dolphins returned to the red zone but Brandon Marshall dropped what would have been a touchdown pass forcing Tony Sparano to send out Dan Carpenter once again to kick a field goal. 



All in all, both teams played sloppily, but while the Dolphins stalled, the Jets began to move the ball allowing them to put 24 points, which was enough to leave Metlife Stadium with a victory.   

The Jets are now 3-3 and will stay at home as they will host the San Diego Chargers next week before they have their bye week.  Meanwhile, the Dolphins have a long stretch of games coming up as they drop to 0-5 and just came out of their bye week.

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