- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are some notes at intermission:
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill injured his left knee and quad in the first quarter, but that hasn’t stopped Miami’s momentum. Backup quarterback Matt Moore came in and kept the offense rolling. He is 7-of-12 for 78 yards and the special teams and defense provided good field position. Tannehill's return is questionable. But with the Dolphins leading big, it may be better for the Dolphins not to risk further injury.
Miami is pulling out all the stops on special teams. The Dolphins recovered an onside kick and blocked a punt for a touchdown in the first quarter. Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow didn’t pick the right guy to block and Dolphins defensive back Jimmy Wilson blocked the punt and rookie Olivier Vernon recovered to give the Jets a 10-0 lead. Vernon also blocked a field goal before halftime.
Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter appear to be getting his groove back. He struggled mightily against the Jets in the first meeting but nailed two field goals in the first half.
The Jets are struggling with blindside protection. Miami sacked Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez twice with blindside blitzes by Wilson and Nolan Carroll. The second sack by Carroll forced a fumble. Jets fans are getting restless as the offense has been dominated by Miami’s defense. New York had four three-and-outs and hasn't crossed the 50 yard-line until under two minutes in the second quarter.
New York is probably done for the season if it does not come back in this game. The Jets would be 3-5 at the midpoint of the season and doesn’t appear to have enough depth to withstand the injuries to Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis and No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes. The Jets also have a tough road game across country in Seattle in two weeks.