FFor the second straight game, a talented unit was stifled, mustering only two field goals. They converted 6 of 21 third downs and their running attack was virtually nonexistent: 87 yards on 31 attempts for a 2.8 average. Mark Sanchez was 17-for-44 for 216 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He has thrown at least one INT in eight straight games. Even the normally reliable Santonio Holmes dropped a wide-open TD.
A-It's hard to place any blame on the embattled group that was shredded six days earlier for 45 points. They played solidly, getting after Miami quarterback Chad Henne the entire evening. Henne was harassed, completing only 5 of 18 attempts for 55 yards, and was sacked five times and stripped twice, losing both fumbles. The Jets forced Miami into seven three-and-outs in the second half alone, limiting the Dolphins to one first down. They did a nice job on Brandon Marshall, holding him to two catches for 16 yards, though he did score a touchdown.
BNick Folk didn't have any hiccups, making good on both field-goal attempts (35 and 42 yards). Punter Steve Weatherford dropped six of his eight punts inside the 20 and averaged 38.4 yards per punt with a long of 51. Brad Smith opened the game with a 45-yard return and averaged 38.4 on his three returns. Antonio Cromartie and Holmes did decent jobs returning punts.
CThe offense just isn't getting it done and it has to fall on the staff. The game plan and play-calling must improve. Rex Ryan could've also used his timeouts better at the end of the first half when the Dolphins were backed up in the shadows of their own goal line. Rather than using his second timeout of the half after Miami's initial play on first-and-10 from the 1-yard line, nearly 40 seconds burned off the clock before the Dolphins eventually punted.