Sunday Night Showdown: Jets-Dolphins Recap

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It's still early in the season, but the New York Jets have established themselves as the team to beat in the AFC East. They have two wins in their division already, the latest being a conquest over the rival Miami Dolphins.

The game was competitive to the end, but it didn't start out that way. Despite the fact that Braylon "have another drink" Edwards was benched for the first quarter, the Jets took the opening kickoff and promptly marched 72 yards for a score, capped off by a 24 yard strike from Mark Sanchez to Dustin Keller. Sanchez would connect with Keller again on a 12 yard score to put the Jets up 14-0.

The Dolphins kept their composure though and scored 17 unanswered points to take the lead. It was short lived however, as Braylon Edwards, fresh off his one quarter suspension for a drunk driving arrest took a short pass from Sanchez and turned it into a 67-yard score. He would later make a critical third down catch that kept a drive alive and led to the Jets' final score, a one-yard plunge by LaDainian Tomlinson.

Despite being behind by 8 late in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins weren't through. Henne drove the 'Fins 64 yards to the 5 with 34 seconds left. His fourth down pass was deflected and intercepted by Drew Coleman to essentially end the game. Henne was 26 of 44 for 363 yards and two touchdowns. Even with the loss, Henne brought back memories of Dan Marino and the Dolphins-Jets barnburners of the 80’s. They didn’t always win those either.

Mark Sanchez had another solid game at quarterback, throwing for 256 yards and three touchdowns. The Jets defense looked uncharacteristically bad though, allowing 436 total yards to the Dolphins. They kept the Dolphins under 100 yards rushing, but Chad Henne made up for that in the air.

Jayson Taylor made his first return to Miami and was met with boos from the crowd. After 12 years of receiving cheers from the Miami crowd, Taylor now knows what the opposition experienced during those years. It didn’t seem to affect his play, as was evidenced by a first quarter sack of Chad Henne. That elicited even more boos from the crowd. He had the support of his teammates though, who gave him a Gatorade bath at the end of the game. The Jets now sit atop the AFC East with wins over division rivals Miami and New England. All three are at 2-1.