The Miami Dolphins listened to all of the noise that came out of New York this week. For the most part, the Dolphins did not retaliate with more trash talking, except for Mike Pouncey, who put Aaron Maybin in his place. By the way, Maybin didn’t record a tackle in Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He still have only 1 more tackle than me on the season. The Dolphins decided to let their play do the talking…..and boy did it ever.
The Dolphins took their opening possession down the field and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. The Dolphins then recovered a surprise onside kick. Shortly after, Ryan Tannehill was sacked and hit on the quad/knee and forced to leave the game. The Dolphins would punt and pin the Jets deep. The defense then forced a 3 and out from the Jets offense and forced them to punt from deep in their own territory. Tim Tebow was in punt protection and when the Dolphins brought the house, forcing Tebow to block 2 men. he didn’t and Jimmy Wilson blocked the punt, allowing Olivier Vernon to pick it up in the endzone for a touchdown.
From there, the Dolphins stepped on the gas pedal and didn’t let up, cruising to a 30-9 victory over the trash talking, hated, stinking Jets. MetLife Stadium started clearing out in the 3rd quarter. There were even ‘Tebow’ chants at one point. Overall, it was a glorious day to be a Dolphins fan!
What I liked
Matt Moore – Moore relieved Tannehill and did a great job leading the Dolphins to the victory. Moore finished the day completing 11 of 19 passes for 131 yards and a TD for a 96.6 QB rating. Moore might be the best backup QB in football, which is why I don’t think the Dolphins will trade him before the trade deadline on Tuesday. Before the talk even begins, there should be NO quarterback controversy. Ryan Tannehill is the Dolphins starter. Period.
Dolphins Defense – The Dolphins defense held the Jets to just 9 points, caused 2 turnovers, and sacked Mark Sanchez 4 times. The statistics show that the Dolphins allowed 363 yards of total offense to the Jets and 5.0 yards per carry to the Jets running game. However, this game was out of hand early and the Dolphins played ‘bend but don’t break’ defense for most of the second half. Great job applying pressure to Mark Sanchez and stopping the running game early. Sanchez attempted 54 passes, but completed just over 50% of them. (cont’d on page 2, click below)