MetLife Meltdown: Jets Get Trounced By Fins
Added by Justin O'Connell on October 29, 2012.
The Miami Dolphins dominated the Jets on Sunday. (Alex Trautwig, Getty Images)
After a week of verbal bashing, the Miami Dolphins came out talking with their pads, instead of their mouths. The Jets were atrocious in all facets of the game on Sunday, especially their offense, and toward the end of the game fights broke out due to the team’s frustration.
The crowd started to cheer for Tim Tebow and the “Tebow” chants were, by far, the loudest of the season. Five of the Jets first ten possessions were three and outs and at halftime, the Jets only had 107 total yards of offense (70 of them from one drive).
The Jets defense seemed completely demoralized after the first quarter, and though they played well they could not hold the Fins after Mark Sanchez turned the ball over. Sanchez fumbled it on the Jets 32, which led to a Daniel Thomas touchdown run. In the third quarter, when the Jets were in the red zone, Sanchez threw his third red zone interception of the season (tied the league lead).
The Dolphins were able to get pressure on Sanchez for most of the day (4 sacks), as the Jets offensive line struggled with both pass and run blocking. This clearly had a huge effect on Sanchez’s psyche. Even when he had time to make the throws, he missed open receivers. He missed on a touchdown pass to Stephen Hill in the second quarter. Hill also dropped a touchdown pass later in the game. Either way, nothing was working for the Jets offense, except of Shonn Greene, who was running well (15 carries for 77 yards). With being so far behind, the Jets had to throw the ball 54 times, so Greene was not a real factor.
The Jets special teams, which is normally rock solid, was embarrassed with a blocked field goal, blocked punt that Miami scored a touchdown on, and let up a big kick return. Rex Ryan said that the Jets were going to “empty the tank” and leave it all on the field. Well that certainly was not the case. It was the Dolphins who emptied the tank and the Jets were just running on E. Even after Miami starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill left the game in the 1st quarter with a injury, that he received on a sack by Calvin Pace, they played with determination. The Jets should have lost by more, but they the Fins receivers dropped a few big passes.
“To say I never saw this coming is an understatement,” Ryan after the loss.
Hurricane Sandy will be nothing compared to the media storm the Jets are about to experience. Rex Ryan will have to answer non-stop Tebow questions. The Jets used Tebow five times today, four of which were as a receiver and the other one was a 2-yard run right up the middle. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has not been creative with Tebow and it appears he mainly wants to use him as a decoy, which has not worked.
The Jets could have went into the bye week 3-1 in the division and 4-4 overall, right in the thick of things in the division/playoff race. Instead, they are now behind the Dolphins and Patriots in the AFC East and might have ruined their playoff hopes.