Halftime observations from Jets-Dolphins
October, 12, 2009
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
MIAMI -- On paper, Monday night's game appeared to be suited for the hardcore football fan: offenses that prefer to grind it out, unforgiving defenses.
Through the first half, however, the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins have put on a show that would entertain the most casual fan. Wildcat deception, trick plays, long gains and a fine first impression from Braylon Edwards have highlighted the action so far.
The Jets lead 13-10.
Miami ran the Wildcat four times for 58 yards. Two direct-snap plays propelled them to a touchdown. Running back Ronnie Brown threw a pass to tight end Anthony Fasano for 21 yards and handed off to Ricky Williams for a 21-yard run.
On their third drive, Brown ran for 13 yards. Then Williams took a direct snap for a 6-yard run.
Williams, who had a 59-yard catch and run, has 97 yards from scrimmage.
The Jets' first two scoring drives were prolonged by fake punts called by former Dolphins special teams coach Mike Westhoff. Punter Steve Weatherford ran 26 yards on their touchdown drive. A quick snap to upback Brad Smith went for 12 yards to take the ball inside the Miami 30-yard line. Former Dolphin Jay Feely eventually kicked a 40-yard field goal.
Maybe Edwards left those notoriously bad hands in Cleveland because he made two nice grabs in the first half. He snagged a 3-yard toss from Mark Sanchez in the back of the end zone and made a quality catch for 17 yards and a first down on the field-goal drive.
The only injury announced in the press box so far: Smith has a foot injury. His status for the second half has been classified as questionable.