Monday, October 12, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Dolphins 31, Jets 27
MIAMI -- Now that was fun.
Regardless of who you root for, there was no denying the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets staged a thoroughly entertaining game Monday night -- even though it looked like it would be a defensive struggle based on the statistical rankings.
And both defenses did struggle.
The Dolphins solved the Jets' renowned defense in a thrilling 31-27 victory in Land Shark Stadium.
Ronnie Brown plowed forth for a 2-yard touchdown with six seconds left in the game to force the Dolphins back into relevancy after they appeared dead in the water two weeks ago with Chad Pennington's season-ending injury.
The AFC East standings have gotten verrrrrry interesting.
The Dolphins are only one game out of first place, where the Jets and New England Patriots are tied at 3-2. But the Dolphins are 2-0 in the division. The three other AFC East clubs have at least one loss apiece.
With the help of several slashing Wildcat plays, the Dolphins rolled up 413 total yards on Rex Ryan's defense.
Pennington's replacement, Chad Henne, is 2-0 as and NFL starter. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Brown ran for 74 yards, while Ricky Williams added 68.
The Jets' offense was up the challenge. Mark Sanchez was decent in the bounce-back game from his New Orleans debacle, going 12 of 24 for 172 yards and a touchdown.
Braylon Edwards, five days after being traded from the Cleveland Browns, was sensational in his Jets debut.
Edwards caught five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown, making a highlight-reel play to set up one Thomas Jones touchdown and drawing a questionable pass interference call against Dolphins cornerback Will Allen that prefaced another Jones plunge.