The New York Jets (3-5) won the coin toss, but after this event not much else went well. The Jets were absolutely embarrassed by the Miami Dolphins (4-3) at home 30-9. They were out coached and out classed in every aspect of the game.
Miami put points on the board on their opening drive, kicking a 33-yard field goal. Dan Carpenter, Miami kicker, gave the Dolphins a 3-0 lead ending a drive of nine plays covering 63 yards with a little over eleven minutes remaining in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Miami demonstrated their mindsight for the game, attempting and recovering an onside kick at the New York 49-yard line. Even though they were not able to take advantage by scoring, the play seem to rattle the Jets for the entire game.
Later in the first quarter, Jets’ backup quarterback Tim Tebow had a front row seat to a Dolphins’ punt block. Dolphins’ corner Jimmy Wilson ripped through the line to get his hands on the punt, which was recovered by rookie defensive end Olivier Vernon in the end zone for a touchdown extending the lead 10-0 with just under four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Dolphins matched their ten first quarter points with ten in the second quarter, but in the reverse order. The touchdown came after New York quarterback Mark Sanchez fumbled at his own 32-yard line, recovered by defensive tackle Paul Soliai. Dolphins’ running back Daniel Thomas powered the ball in the end zone from three yards out making the lead 17-0 with under a minute elapsed in the second quarter.
The field goal came after the Jets’ third three and out of the first half. Carpenter was successful from 39 yards making the lead 20-0 midway through the second quarter. Carpenter’s second field goal ended the scoring for the first half. New York was held without a touchdown in the first half for the second time this season.
The game was figuratively over at halftime because of the Jets’ on field demeanor. They appeared to be dejected by their own performance which included several dropped passess. The home fans, never afraid to vocalize their immediate feelings, announced their displeasure several times throughout the first half.
The Jets ended the Dolphins’ 20-0 run with a 38-yard field goal from kicker Nick Folk on their opening possession of the second half with over three minutes gone by in the third quarter.
The Dolphins had their first possession of the second half on the Jets’ side of the field after a 57-yard kickoff return by running back Marcus Thigpen to the Jets’ 40-yard line. The Dolphins made quick work of the short field, answering the field goal with a touchdown. Backup quarterback Matt Moore, who entered the game on Miami’s third possession because of an injury to starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the first quarter, connected with tight end Anthony Fasano from four yards out. The score was 27-3 with under nine minutes remaining in the quarter. Moore threw for 131 yards, completing 11 of 19 passes with a touchdown.
Head coach Rex Ryan elected not to use his backup quarterback for the second time in a blowout loss. Earlier this season in week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers, Tebow was also left on the sideline.
Sanchez, who finished the game 28 of 54 for 283 yards, added an irrelevant touchdown and Miami added a field goal in the last quarter.
The Jets outgained the Dolphins by over 130 total yards including advantages in both rushing and passing, little solace for a team which has lost four out of their last five contest.
New York’s performance will raise a litany of questions as they head into the bye week. At their current record the season is not lost, but they will need a nearly perfect second half to have any hopes of making the playoffs.