Sunday, December 12, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Dolphins 10, Jets 6
By Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Boos filled the Meadowlands, where the New York Jets fell to the Miami Dolphins in one of the sloppiest games of the year.
What it means: For the third time in seven home games, the Jets failed to score a touchdown. The Jets have lost two in a row for the first time this year, while the Dolphins once again avoided back-to-back losses and are back above .500 for the sixth time.
MVP: How bad was the game? The most important player might have been Dolphins punter Brandon Fields. When the Dolphins weren't fumbling, Fields made sure the Jets had long drives ahead. He punted 10 times, averaging an eye-popping 56.4 yards. He had a long of 69 yards.
Pop-gun QB duel: It's amazing either quarterback could win with these stat lines. Mark Sanchez completed 17 of 44 passes for 216 yards and no touchdowns with one interception and at least three dropped interceptions. Chad Henne completed five of his 18 throws for 55 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions but two lost fumbles. The Dolphins had 30 net yards passing.
What a waste: The Jets' defense made three plays that could have shifted momentum, but the offense turned them into a grand total of three points. Calvin Pace had a second-quarter strip sack in Dolphins territory that led to a Jets field goal, but not before a wide-open Santonio Holmes let a surefire touchdown pass drop through his hands in the end zone. Jason Taylor recovered a fumble at the 50 that brought no points. Brodney Pool pounced on a botched Henne play that rolled 35 yards back to the Jets' 42-yard line, but the turnover brought no points.
League review: Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll went down late in the third quarter. He stumbled on the Jets' sideline while covering a punt, and CBS Sports replays appeared to show a Jets staffer sticking his knee out to trip Carroll intentionally. Carroll did return to the game, but it looked filthy to me.
Injury report: Jets right tackle Damien Woody, who has been battling a knee injury for a few weeks, left the game in the first half and did not return. No update was immediately available.
What's next: The Jets will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers and then the Chicago Bears after that. The Dolphins will welcome the Buffalo Bills to Sun Life Stadium next week.