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This game began with me telling my fiance that Braylon Edwards wouldn’t bring his focus to the game on Sunday night and expecting a run-heavy attack from the Jets. It ended with Braylon doing the ‘Teach me how to Dougie’ on my television set after he scored on a long touchdown that really tipped the scales in favor of the Jets for good.
Mark Sanchez was outstanding again, and if the shackles were completely taken off he would have thrown for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. Instead, he ended up with 256 yards through the air, no turnovers, and three more touchdown strikes. Two went to Dustin Keller, and one went to Braylon Edwards.
The win gave Sanchez another important stat counted for the first time in his young career. It was the young signal caller’s first career come from behind victory.
On the other side of the ball, Chad Henne was very strong. With Revis out, the Dolphins had an attack through the air of Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess, and Brian Hartline that the Jets didn’t seem to have an answer for.
The pass rush seemed stymied and the Jets defense was gassed in the 84 degree heat and humidity of Miami. But every time the Jets had to have a play, Sanchez hooked up with someone on third down or Brad Smith (3 carries, 41 yards) would get just beyond the 1st down marker.
After building a 14-0 lead and seeing it disappear to 17-14, I thought the Jets might let one slip away. But they held tough and the Dolphins just didn’t have enough to match up with the many weapons the Jets could counter with on offense. It’s scary to think about what level the Jets will play at when Santonio Holmes joins the squad. LaDanian Tomlinson had another really nice game, getting 15 carries for 70 yards and the possibly the biggest score of the game.
This win has to be a little bit more fulfilling than the win in the past week against New England. This was the Dolphins home opener and they were previously unbeaten. They were the heavy favorite and everyone ranted and raved about their tough defense. For the Jets and their young quarterback not to go in there and take a step back; it’s a huge step.
These guys can punch with the best of the best in the NFL. This game was more proof of it.