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Day-after thoughts on Jets win in Miami

Morning-after thoughts on the New York Jets’ 31-23 win over the Miami Dolphins:

• After the season-opening debacle against the Baltimore Ravens, and after losing NT Kris Jenkins and CB Darrelle Revis to injuries, and after enduring the Braylon Edwards distraction, did anybody think the Jets would be atop the AFC East after three weeks?

• It got lost in the post-game aftermath, but backup S Brodney Pool may have saved the game – twice – in the final minute. He knocked Brandon Marshall out of bounds at the Jets’ 11 with 54 seconds left, saving a touchdown. On the game-clinching play, Pool tipped a pass intended for TE Anthony Fasano the end zone, allowing CB Drew Coleman to make the interception. Pool showed terrific reflexes, reacting quickly to Chad Henne’s bullet.

• Coleman’s interception, in zone coverage, was reminiscent of the infamous Tony Gonzalez touchdown catch last season. The Jets used a zone on that play, too, but DB Donald Strickland was caught out of position, allowing the Falcons’ TE to catch to game winner in the final seconds.

Mark Sanchez is thriving when allowed to throw on first down. On first downs, he went 6-for-8 for 133 yards and a touchdown (the 67-yarder to Edwards) – and one incompletion was an intentional spike.

Shonn Greene doesn’t look like the same runner who tore through defenses last season in the playoffs. Maybe, because of his fumbling episode in Week 1, he’s tentative, lacking confidence.

• Another overlooked factor in the game: Edwards did a terrific job as a blocker. Bottom line: They probably don’t win the game without the embattled Edwards. Aside from the long TD, he made a critical third-down reception on the final drive and drew a pass-interference penalty to set up a TD.

• Ironic part of Edwards’ catch-and-run for a TD: The offensive linemen don’t particularly like that play. It’s a tough play to block because Sanchez takes a seven-step drop and it requires a max-protect scheme. It’s a basic, 12-yard ‘out’ by Edwards, who sidestepped a weak tackle attempt by the cornerback.

• Yes, the defense has played six of 12 quarters without Revis, but 336 yards per game has to be a concern. The defense is allowing opponents to convert 51% on third down, way too high. LB Calvin Pace (foot) could return this week, which will help.

• Al-cro-raz is no Revis Island.

• Sanchez: 79 pass attempts, no interceptions.

• Three games, only one giveaway.

• It’s not often that a head coach is on the giving end of a Gatorade shower, but Rex Ryan made sure to douse Jason Taylor after his emotional homecoming.

• The Jets out-Wildcat-ted the team that invented the Wildcat. Brad Smith had three carries for 41 yards.

• On his 12-yard TD pass to Dustin Keller, Sanchez did a great job of reading a fake blitz by LB Rob Carpenter, who made it look like he was going to blitz through the A gap. He dropped into middle coverage and Sanchez, capitalizing on the split-second delay by Carpenter, knew he had to deliver the ball quickly – and he did. He led Keller perfectly, leading him on a skinny post.