Ryan Tannehill looked pedestrian ( 2 for 5 for 18 yards) in guiding the Dolphins to a 3-0 lead before his injury. Matt Moore came in and put his spin on the West Coast offense — hitting deep passes to Marlon Moore and Jabar Gaffney to set up scores, and dropping a small rainbow to Anthony Fasano for the touchdown that put the game away.
Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas ran for 101 yards on 29 carries and caught two passes for 9 yards. Bush fumbled with the Dolphins up 27-3. Bush also stiff-armed, face-masked and talked Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie into a 15-yard penalty that augmented a 19-yard run.
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Only 11 receptions and Gaffney dropped what could’ve been a touchdown bomb, but they did what was necessary. Tight end Anthony Fasano performed a lovely toe drag to bring in his 4-yard touchdown three plays after Gaffney caught a 30-yard bomb. Marlon Moore made a spectacular diving 38-yard catch.
Two sacks allowed and a running game that worked when it mattered.
Defensive tackles Paul Soliai (four tackles, fumble recovery) and Randy Starks (two passes blocked) look like perennial Pro Bowlers when they play in the Meadowlands and the Jets would be just as happy if they had gone to Hawaii on Sunday. They led a run-stuffing line that also didn’t allow Sanchez to feel comfortable in the pocket. Cameron Wake picked up a sack and two hurries.
Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett, both ubiquitous throughout Sunday, combined for 14 tackles, a sack, a pass blocked, a pass broken up downfield, and a quarterback hurry. A Dansby chuck on Dustin Keller threw Keller off pattern enough to produce the third-quarter interception that ended the Jets’ last real threat to get back in the game. Koa Misi and Austin Spitler also had strong games.
Safety Chris Clemons set the tone of the defensive game by cracking Shonn Greene for a loss of 1 on the Jets’ first play. If you didn’t know the game was over before Clemons’ third-quarter interception at the Dolphins 1, that removed any doubt. Jimmy Wilson and Nolan Carroll had important sacks off blitzes. Sean Smith continues to play well.
The Dolphins executed a surprise onside kick. They blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown, the first time that has been done on the Jets since the first Reagan administration. Olivier Vernon got that touchdown and blocked a field goal. After the Jets’ scores, Marcus Thigpen had a 57-yard kickoff return and Brian Hartline recovered an onside kick.
Bad challenge on Anthony Fasano’s back of the end zone catch attempt, but that’s nitpicking. The Dolphins were well-prepared, composed and focused. Joe Philbin showed once again he’s not afraid to get a little crazy with the early surprise onside kick. Darren Rizzi’s special teams owned those of Jets’ counterpart Mike Westhoff.
This game was two quick whistles — one before an early Mark Sanchez fumble the Dolphins recovered, one as Davone Bess fought off an Antonio Cromartie tackle with a clear path to the end zone — and a drop from being the kind of blowout that costs people jobs. The Dolphins crushed the Jets offense until it didn’t matter, ruled on special teams and converted their chances on offense.