Sunday, November 1, 2009
Halftime observations from Dolphins-Jets
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Through two quarters at the Meadowlands, the New York Jets have out-adjusted the Miami Dolphins in a game that's tied at 3.
We'll see who makes the better modifications at halftime, where the Jets are honoring legendary tackle Winston Hill, an eight-time AFL All-Star. Hill will be a member of the inaugural class for the Jets' Ring of Fame when the new stadium opens next year.
Hill just told the crowd "The second half is going to belong to us," and aside from the score, the first half has gone quite well for the Jets.
Three weeks after the Dolphins stampeded their way to a 31-27 victory, the Jets' defense has been formidable in the rematch.
Miami's high-wattage Wildcat has looked as powerful as a night light. The Wildcat has been engulfed, generating negative yardage. Overall, Ronnie Brown has six carries for 11 yards. Ricky Williams has three attempts for 3 yards.
The Dolphins also are struggling on third downs. They went three-and-out on each of their first three possessions and are 1 for 8 on third-down conversions.
New York almost certainly won't rush for 300 yards a third straight week, but Thomas Jones has 12 carries for 49 yards. Rookie back Shonn Greene, coming off his big breakout game, has five carries for 19 yards.
Last time they played, the Dolphins eliminated Jets tight end Dustin Keller from the game. He had zero catches. But the Jets got him involved early Sunday. Keller has a game-high four catches for 21 yards at halftime.
The biggest highlights for Miami have been produced by safety Gibril Wilson, who has had a rough season, especially with missed tackles, and has conceded some snaps to rookie Chris Clemons.
But Wilson has recorded the two biggest hits of the afternoon, both on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Wilson detonated him as he threw in the first quarter and got a sack on a another safety blitz in the second quarter.