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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Breaking down Henne's monster night



Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


MIAMI -- No matter how you break down the numbers, Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne had a phenomenal night.
Henne Passing by Distance-to-go
-- 10+ yds Fewer than 10
Comp-Att 11-13 9-13
Yards 133 108
TD 1 1
Passer Rtg. 134.9 120.0

While the quirky Wildcat offense attracts much of the attention because it makes for good video, let's take a moment to digest how well Henne performed in Monday night's 31-27 victory over the New York Jets in Land Shark Stadium.

In his second NFL start, Henne completed 20 of 26 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He had a 130.4 passer rating.

Henne's rating is 13th all-time for the Dolphins and the highest since Jay Fiedler posted a club-record 156.o rating on Nov. 27, 2003. Fiedler was 16 of 20 for 239 yards and three touchdowns.

Chad Pennington rankins among the top 10 in career passer rating, but didn't hit 130 last year.

The Dolphins have won both of Henne's starts. That's not to say he's necessarily better than Pennington, who was runner-up to Peyton Manning for league MVP last season, but a team that can win with its backup quarterback is promising.

"I know the coaching staff has confidence in me," Henne said. "The offense can look me in the eye and know that I can take them down the field in tight situations and lead them to victory."

ESPN Stats & Information dissected Henne's night and came up with some notable stats.