It took overtime to do it, but the New York Jets squeaked out a victory over the Miami Dolphins with a 33-yard field goal by Nick Folk. The Jets were lucky to even have the opportunity to kick a field goal. The only reason they had the chance was because Dolphins kicker, Dan Carpenter, missed a 48-yard field goal in OT.
After having yet another shaky start to the game, Mark Sanchez finished strong and led his team down the field for the 12th game winning drive of his young career. Sanchez threw for over 300 yards for the second consecutive game, but he had two bad interceptions including one in the red zone.
Sanchez was only sacked once, but was hit several times and was holding on to the ball too long. This has been a reoccurring problem for Sanchez and the fact that his receivers couldn’t get open does not help.
After eight long quarters, the Jets offense finally scored a touchdown to give them the lead on a 7-yard pass to Jeremy Kerely. Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerely were the only two players for the Jets who made big plays. Holmes had his best game of the season thus far with nine receptions for 147 yards. He also made the play of the game with a 38-yard catch in overtime to bring the Jets into scoring position.
The Jets defense took a colossal loss when all-pro cornerback, Darrelle Revis, left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. Revis was able to walk off the field after he buckled his knee, but things do not look good.
The injury to Revis wasn’t the only issue for the Jets defense. They couldn’t stop Miami on third down and let up 185 rushing yards. If it wasn’t for the injury to Reggie Bush, who was averaging 6.1 yards a carry, who knows how many more yards they might have racked up.
The defensive line for the Jets was unable to get any pressure on Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill and kept giving up big chunks of yardage on running plays. Muhammad Wilkerson was the only one who had success in stopping the run; he led his team with nine tackles. Quinton Coples has disappeared so far this season after having a phenomenal preseason and the interior linemen have not done a good job clogging up the running lanes.
The Jets will have to improve in every facet of the game if they hope to defeat the San Francisco 49ers next week.