Shonn Greene finished with 74 yards, but he had only 36 through 3 1/2 quarters. The Jets tried a different look in the second half, giving LaDainian Tomlinson some carries. Why does everything have to be such a grind for the Jets? The best run might have been Sanchez's 5-yard TD on a QB draw, triggered by C Nick Mangold.
Mark Sanchez had no turnovers for the second straight week. He struggled early (what else is new?), but composed himself and led three scoring drives. The pass protection was good. RT Wayne Hunter allowed a late sack, but he did a nice job against pass rusher Cameron Wake. Plaxico Burress had a drop and ran a couple of sloppy routes.
The Jets allowed 96 yards in the first half, with Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush doing a 1-2 number on them. It looked like a continuation of last week's game in New England, but they adjusted and shut down the run in the second half -- only 24 yards.
Huge game for CB Darrelle Revis, who came up big in the red zone -- including a 100-yard interception return. He allowed five completions to WR Brandon Marshall, but for only 63 yards. The Jets cranked up their dormant blitz, sending at least five rushers on nearly 50 percent of the time -- and they held QB Matt Moore to 3-for-14 (plus an INT) against the extra pressure.
They had some ball-security issues. Trying to keep it away from Joe McKnight, the Dolphins kicked short and one of the wedge blockers, Garrett McIntyre, let the ball bounce off his knee for an early turnover. Later, McKnight recovered his own muffed punt.
The Jets were outplayed on both sides of the ball in the first quarter. So much for preparation. If it had been a better opponent, the Jets might have been in trouble. But Sanchez perked up when they put him in shotgun and the defense cranked up the heat, rattling Moore with well-timed blitzes. Putting Revis on Marshall in the red zone was a smart move.