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Where's that D everybody was talking about?

10/12/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

MIAMI -- The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are trading big-gain punches for an entertaining start Monday night. The AFC East showdown matches two top 10 defenses against bottom-half offenses.

The Jets' defense didn't perform as advertised on the opening drive.

The Miami Dolphins strutted down the field on Monday night's opening drive to take a 7-0 lead in Land Shark Stadium.

Miami traveled 80 yards on 12 plays. They took 7:29 off the clock.

Ronnie Brown squeezed his way into the end zone from a yard out. The Dolphins had five plays of 9 yards or longer, including back-to-back snaps of the Wildcat. Brown threw to tight end Anthony Fasano for 21 yards. On the next play, Brown handed off to Ricky Williams for an 18-yard run.

But the Jets answered with a touchdown of their own. The Dolphins appeared to have forced a three-and-out after snuffing Leon Washington's attempt at a Wildcat-style play. But Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, an old hand on Don Shula's staffs, called for a fake that sprung punter Steve Weatherford for a 26-yard run up the Dolphins sideline.

Braylon Edwards, five days after the Cleveland Browns traded him, grabbed a 3-yard toss from Mark Sanchez to cap a seven-play, 70-yard drive that took 3:40.