Ted Ginn Jr. dominated the third quarter with two kickoff returns for scores, leading Miami to another exciting victory over the Jets, 30-25.
It seems as if Rex Ryan has figured out how to stop this Miami Wildcat scheme, holding the Dolphins on offense to 104 total net yards. What Rex Ryan and the Jets special teams coverage unit could not figure out was how to stop Ted Ginn Jr., who ran back two kickoff returns for touchdowns. Along with a 48 yard fumble return from Jason Taylor, Miami proved that they don't need this high powered offense to come away victorious. Ryan apparently spent too much time on how to stop this WIldcat attack, and despite being successful at giving both Ricky and Ronnie difficult afternoons, the Phins' special teams and defense ultimately put the points up on the board that were needed to win this game, 30-25.
This was a slow rolling victory for the Phins, after both teams posted a scoreless first quarter and only two field goals in the second, leaving the game tied at the half, 3-3. But then came the third quarter that consisted of five total touchdowns and a field goal. The Jets took the early lead, 6-3, after a booming 55-yard kick by Jay Feely. That's when Ginn Jr. struck with his first return of 100 yards. Then Jason Taylor ran back a critical fumble by rookie running back Shonn Greene. The Phins then held the Jets on the following drive, forcing a punt, but Devon Bess muffed the catch on the return, giving the ball back to New York. Sanchez responded with a one yard TD run after a short drive, but Ginn Jr. followed that up with another return for a touchdown, this time for 101 yards. Sanchez then orchestrated an efficiently quick drive, finishing the third quarter with a 19-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Braylon Edwards, but the two point conversion failed, leaving the Jets behind by five.
Chad Henne ended the third and opened the fourth quarter by leading the Dolphins down the field on a crucial drive that ate up almost eight minutes of action, ending with a five yard touchdown pass to tight end Joey Haynos, though they did not convert on the two point conversion. Sanchez attempted to bring his squad back on the following possession, throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Dustin Keller with just under three minutes to go, pulling New York to within five points once again. The Jets then had one more chance after a Miami punt, but Sanchez couldn't make it happen and threw an incomplete pass with seconds to go after the Dolphins defense chased him down on the play for the win. Sanchez was responsible for three touchdowns in the game, as this Jets offense collected almost 400 total yards, but it wasn't enough to defeat this determined Miami ball club.
Miami needed to win this divisional game on the road and they got it done, improving their record to 3-4. Now an even bigger test awaits them next week, as a rested Patriots squad prepares for them in New England. It is never easy for any team to win back-to-back road games, especially against divisional foes, but nothing has been easy this season for Miami other than a blow out against the Bills in week four. The Phins are looking to get back to .500 and a road win in New England would be a great way to achieve that goal. The Jets, now 4-4, have a bye week after yet another tough loss to Miami, but they will luckily face off against a lowly Jacksonville team before attempting to beat New England once again in week eleven. Miami will take this win today, even though it wasn't offensively pretty, and hopefully use it as momentum as they prepare for what is sure to be a tough game next week at New England.
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Written by Josh Souder