Monday, October 17, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Jets 24, Dolphins 6
By James Walker
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Here are some thoughts on the New York Jets' 24-6 victory over the Miami Dolphins on "Monday Night Football."
What it means: The Jets (3-3) won the "Desperation Bowl." New York snapped a three-game losing streak and prevailed in a must-win game. The Jets were falling behind in the AFC East and now are back to .500. A win also calms the in-house bickering among players in New York for at least a week. The Dolphins, meanwhile, fall to 0-5 and haven't won a game since Dec. 12, 2010. They remain in the "Suck for Andrew Luck" sweepstakes, which will make some Dolphins fans happy.
Revis vs. Marshall: It was a fun battle to watch between Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall and New York Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. Marshall, who threatened to get ejected in the first half, played all four quarters and played well. He went one-on-one against Revis most of the game and had six receptions for 109 yards. Marshall's best play also turned out to be his strangest play. He caught a deep ball well in bounds but stumbled out for a 46-yard reception. The play could have been Miami's only touchdown in the game.
Moore Watch: Former backup quarterback Matt Moore made his first start in Miami to poor results. Moore was 16-for-34 for 204 yards and fell to 7-7 as a starter. He also threw two interceptions to Revis.
Red zone, third-down woes: The Dolphins continued their trend of being one of the NFL's worst teams in the red zone and on third down. Miami was 0-for-3 in the red zone. The Dolphins settled for two field goals and an interception. Miami also was an abysmal 2-for-12 on third down.
What's next: The Jets have a tough stretch coming up, starting next week at home against the San Diego Chargers (4-1). New York then will face the Buffalo Bills (4-2) and New England Patriots (5-1). The Dolphins will host quarterback Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos at Sun Life Stadium. Miami is 1-11 in its last dozen home games.