New York Jets Start Cold but Cruise to Victory over Miami Dolphins, 24-6
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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And as the coaches meet at midfield, the Jets win 24-6 and improve their record to 3-3, while the Dolphins fall to 0-5. Thanks for joining me tonight!
Matt Moore has been taking a lot of hits this quarter. Looks like Rex could care less about the welfare of the Dolphins quarterback.
For those still watching the game, did anybody see Shonn Greene push the referee out of the way? Referees have been having it rough this year.
As Matt Moore takes a shot from David Harris while releasing the ball, Darrelle Revis makes a great read on Clyde Gates and has his second interception of the night (third of the season). He is starting to look like the Revis of 2009, getting interceptions while still locking down receivers - something he could not do last year.
According to the New York Jets official twitter feed, "A. Cromartie has a groin injury and his return is questionable.
With the score the way it is, Cromartie will probably stay out for the rest of the game, and second-year cornerback Kyle Wilson will take his place.
Looks like the Jets are going to run the ball out. Just like I said at the beginning of the game in my first introduction, the running game became a big factor as the Dolphins could not really move the ball on the ground, and while the Jets have not run that well, they did a lot better than Miami did.
Prior to Santonio Holmes' touchdown, Mike Tirico made an interesting point that LaDainian Tomlinson has not scored a touchdown as a New York Jet at home since joining the team last year. I wonder if Tomlinson will get a touchdown at home this season...
After some great scrambling by Mark Sanchez and blocking downfield, Sanchez and Santonio Holmes connect for a touchdown pass of about 40 yards, giving the Jets a 24-6 lead.
That was a clever play the Jets drew up with John Conner and LaDainian Tomlinson on the misdirection giving them a first down. As expected, the Jets tried running again and were stopped by Carlos Dansby and the rest of the Dolphins defensive line.
After the pass, Rex Ryan and the Jets chose to challenge the ruling on the field that Brandon Marshall completed the pass. By the look of the last replay, it should be ruled incomplete, but before Revis and Marshall hit the ground it looked just like the Miles Austin-Antonio Cromartie play from Week 1 when Cromartie had the pick but Austin stuck his hands in, and because of the rule, the catch went to Austin. That rule should really be re-considered after this season it could lose a lot of games for teams in the future.
After review, the ruling on the field was reversed and the pass has been ruled incomplete, and the Jets will get the ball back with 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
After being released during the preseason last year, T.J. Conley has turned into a great punter as he was able to pin the Dolphins inside their own five on that last punt (with the help of his special teams crew).
Plaxico Burress makes his first catch of the night as Mark Sanchez fits the ball nicely in between two Miami defenders, giving the Jets a first down. On that catch, Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith suffered an injury, forcing the game to go to commercial as he could not get off the field. My guess would be either a leg injury or a concussion related injury.
For the first time all game, the Jets defensive line is able to get a good hit on Matt Moore as Marcus Dixon and Jim Leonhard were able to break through and force an incomplete pass. The Jets have an opportunity to put this game away with this upcoming drive.
After moving the ball well into the red zone, a delay of game penalty and two incomplete passes, force the Jets to kick a field goal, which is nailed by Nick Folk, extending the Jets lead to 11-points.
Just as a side note, Nick Folk is 8 for 8 this year, his longest being a 50-yard field against Dallas during Week 1.
Looks like a new strategy for the Jets might be to start with the pass to set up the run. Their pass plays have gotten Miami scared, which has allowed them to get nice 7-yard runs on second down.
The Jets continue to build off of their success from their last drive in the first half. A lot of credit for the last two drives has to go to the offensive line for giving Mark Sanchez such a great amount of time, allowing him to throw the ball down field.
The Dolphins continue to kill themselves with drops even when the Jets are giving them breaks like unnecessary roughness penalties that put them in field goal range.
For the first time in a while, great coverage by Antonio Cromartie as he deflected the pass to Brandon Marshall on 3rd and 17, forcing the Dolphins to punt.
For those of you who have been on auto-update throughout the game, I suggest refreshing the page as there is a new introduction, recapping the first half and giving a second half prediction.
Couldn't have been said better by the announcers as they said "Great call by Schottenheimer" as he takes the ball into the endzone on a quarterback draw, extending the New York lead to 14-6.
After converting a first down on 3rd and 8, Jeremy Kerley fumbles, luckily for the Jets he was ruled down before the ball popped loose. The Jets are finally starting to get a rhythm as they followed Kerley's first down with two straight rushes to Shonn Greene for another first down.
Looks like neither team can get it done on third down as the Dolphins are 0/6 and the Jets are 0/4. The Jets will start their next possession inside their 15-yard line.
Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense cannot find a rhythm as they have not been able to get a first down all game. Although they are winning, the Jets need to make some adjustments or else this season will be pointless since they cannot score.
Brandon Marshall looked like the old Braylon Edwards with that drop in the endzone. The incompletion forces the Dolphins to kick another field goal as they still trail 7-6.
Dolphins have used their first two timeouts in the last 5 minutes and there are 13 minutes left in the game. They really want to get a touchdown and regain the lead.
Compared to the last few Jets games, that was a relatively quick first half. With that last play, the Dolphins are now inside the Jets 5-yard line with a fresh set of downs. Look for Miami to go to Thomas with an inside run, or Reggie Bush with a sweep to the outside.
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