After not being able to finish last week against the Patriots in New England, it seemed the New York Jets were poised to try to handle another division in the form of the Dolphins at home, but the Jets unraveled early and never recovered, losing 30-9. The Dolphins were well prepared coming off of there bye week, especially there special teams and blitz schemes which the Jets had seemingly no answers for.
Reggie Bush got off a good run early with Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson getting him out of bounds with Bush stiff arming Cro. After the play the trash talking led to Cro shoving Bush and getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Cromartie would go off the field after the play to return on next series. Dan Carpenter would open the scoring with a 33 yard field goal. Then the Dolphins special teams started there excellent first half with a successful onside squib kick that caught the Jets off guard. Calvin Pace would end that series when he sacked Ryan Tannehill which forced him out of the game with a quad/knee injury. Several series later Mark Sanchez would find Dustin Keller for 13 yards and a first down. Jimmy Wilson would come in off a corner blitz and sack Sanchez to end that drive. On the very next play he would block the Robert Malone punt and Olivier Vernon would recover for Miami touchdown to continue the Dolphins special teams attack. On the subsequent kick-off return Joe McKnight would go off with an ankle injury and not return. The Jets got moving on next drive, but Nolan Carroll would hit Sanchez who's fumble bounced off several players before landing in the hands of Paul Soliai.
Daniel Thomas would run in for touchdown from a third and goal play, putting Miami up 17-0. On the Jets next series they had a third and less than one yard play in which Sanchez's pass went incomplete to Jeremy Kerley where they could have utilized Tim Tebow to get the first down. Muhammad Wilkerson would bat down a third down pass by Matt Moore to end the next Dolphins drive. After trading punts the Dolphins would drive down for another Dan Carpenter field goal of 39 yards. Cameron Wake would sack Sanchez on Jets next possession. The Jets would final get moving on there next drive, when Sanchez found Stephen Hill for first down and more as he fought for another four to five after catch. Then Sanchez found Chaz Schilens for 14 yards and yet another first down. Clyde Gates caught one in double coverage that was zipped in from Sanchez for another first down. Shonn Greene got involved in pass offense when open over middle for a 21 yard gain. Just before the half the Dolphins special teams struck again when Vernon blocked the Nick Folk 35 yard attempt.
Clyde Gates, replacing McKnight, took the second half kick-off back 47 yards to just past mid field. Sanchez stayed hot, and found Keller for 23 yards as he caught it with hands just under ball before ball hit ground. A few plays later Sanchez struck Hill in the his number in the end zone that was dropped, but also slightly off due to defender getting fingers on ball. Nick Folk finally opened scoring for the Jets with 38 yard field goal. Thigpen returns the subsequent Miami kick-off 57 yards, and eventually Moore hits Anthony Fasano with touchdown pass putting Jets down 27-3. On next drive, Greene found a gaping hole and rumbled for 36 yards. Carlos Dansby knocked down the third down pass by Sanchez to end drive. The Jets had stopped the Dolphins next possession but rookie linebacker Marcus Dowtin hit Moore in face and kept drive alive. Reggie Bush would fumble and Yeremiah Bell would recover for Jets. Sanchez would find Gates around 15 yard line for first down, but then be picked by Clemons on goal line.
The Jets did finally score a touchdown that started with a pass to Keller in flat to right that he ran to 43 yard line. Then Greene ran for eight yards, and Sanchez hit Gates for four more that got them the first down. Greene ran for another eight yards, but on next play Sanchez was sacked by Burnett. Sanchez targeted Gates on fourth down for another first down, then again for about 20 yards to six yard line. The touchdown was a slant pass to Schilens, but the two point conversion failed on an incomplete pass to Keller. It would have been another good opportunity for Tebow to come in and likely make it running or even passing. The Jets tried an onside kick of there own that was unsuccessful. Miami would drive and get another field goal of 42 yards from Carpenter to end scoring 30-9.
Now the New York Jets are entering there own bye week, and have a chance to go through everything from top to bottom to sort out there myriad of issues. They also have a chance to change the team chemistry and possibly improve through a trade before the 4 p.m. Eastern time deadline which got extended until Thursday as the NFL offices in New York City will be closed again on Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy.
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