What it means: It means the Dolphins improved to 4-3 and have the best chance to push the New England Patriots (5-3) in the AFC East. This was a big crossroads game for Miami to prove this team is not pretenders -- and Miami passed the test. The Dolphins played hard, efficient football in all three phases and dominated New York, which did a lot of trash-talking during the week and laid an egg. For all intents and purposes, the Jets are done. They fall to 3-5 on the season and have lost four of their past five games. The Jets don't have enough to withstand injuries and poor play to contend for the playoffs in the second half of the season.
Tebow time? The inconsistency of quarterback Mark Sanchez continues. Last week Sanchez had one of his best games of his career against the rival Patriots. On Sunday, Sanchez struggled mightily against the Dolphins. Miami blitzed, battered and confused Sanchez. He completed 28 of 54 passes for 283 yards, one touchdown, an interception and a fumble. Jets fans at MetLife Stadium sound like they’ve had enough. They booed Sanchez loudly for most of the second half. New York may have a decision to make between Sanchez and popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow. The Jets will have two weeks to think about making a quarterback change. That will surely be a hot topic in New York.
Tannehill-to-Moore: The Dolphins lost rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill (quad, knee) in the first quarter for the game. But veteran quarterback Matt Moore did well in relief to keep the Dolphins ahead. Moore was efficient, throwing for 131 yards and a touchdown. Tannehill’s status for next week is uncertain. But Miami has the comfort of knowing that Moore is capable of filling in.
Sack party: One of the reasons Sanchez struggled is due to poor pass protection. Sanchez was sacked four times by Miami. Defensive end Cameron Wake, linebacker Kevin Burnett and defensive backs Jimmy Wilson and Nolan Carroll all had sacks.
What’s next: The Dolphins will play their second road game in two weeks against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets have a bye before traveling to the West Coast to play a tough game against the Seattle Seahawks.