<
>

Martin, Jordan flatten Dolphins' defense

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets gave the Miami Dolphins a little of Curtis Martin, and a little of LaMont Jordan.

They made a perfect combination. The running back duo helped the
Jets embarrass the hapless Dolphins, sending their defense to a new
low in a 41-14 rout Monday night. Martin and Jordan each ran for
115 yards and a score, and the 275 yards the Jets racked up on the
ground are the most in the NFL this season.

"We always talk about being a 1-2 punch," Martin said. "And
you could see that from us tonight."

The last time the teams met on Monday night, the Jets erased a
23-point, fourth-quarter deficit for a 40-37 overtime win in 2000
in what is known as the "Monday Night Miracle."

There was no chance of a comeback this time around. The Jets
(6-1) scored 34 straight points, stifling the ineffective Dolphins
(1-7) on offense and humiliating the proud Miami defense, which
entered the game ranked fourth in the NFL.

Chad Pennington threw three touchdown passes and went 11-of-19
for 189 yards before being lifted for Quincy Carter in the fourth
quarter. The Jets finished with 472 yards of total offense.

"They gave us an old-fashioned beating," Dolphins linebacker
Junior Seau said. "I tip my hat to them, for not only what they
did against us but the whole year."

New York entered the game after its first loss of the season,
13-7 to New England last weekend, but turned in its most complete
performance of the year. Jets coach Herman Edwards knew it was
important to keep pace with the Patriots and Steelers, both 6-1 in
the AFC.

"If you can keep this bottled up, we have a chance to be a
pretty good football team," Edwards said.

The last time the Jets had two 100-yard rushers in a game was
Sept. 28, 1975, when John Riggins ran for 145 yards and Carl
Garrett had 135 in a 30-24 win over Kansas City. Miami last allowed
two 100-yard rushers on Oct. 29, 1989, at Buffalo, when Thurman
Thomas had 148 yards and Larry Kinnebrew added 121.

Martin, 31, has had a renaissance in his 10th NFL season. He
came into the game second in the league in rushing, while carrying
the Jets burden on the ground.

That all changed against the Dolphins. Edwards made it a point
to use both backs and wear down the Dolphins defense in the second
half. Martin finished with 19 carries and Jordan had 14.

"It feels good any time you have a 100-yard rusher and we had
two," Jets left tackle Kareem McKenzie said. "How often does that
happen? That's something you can tell to your grandkids."

The Jets defense harassed Jay Fiedler the entire game, sacking
the Dolphins quarterback four times and picking him off twice.
Miami got a meaningless score as the game ended, when Fiedler threw
a 29-yard touchdown pass to Derrius Thompson. Fiedler finished
20-of-41 for 218 yards.

Sammy Morris had 11 carries for 48 yards.

"When you don't run the football and you don't stop the run,
you don't win," Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. "No one
understands that more than I do because that's how we've won around
here."

The complete humiliation of the Miami defense was perhaps the
most confounding part of the game.

Pennington connected on one big passing play after another on
the vaunted Miami secondary, repeatedly taking advantage of
cornerbacks Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain.

After Donald Lee fumbled and the Jets recovered, Pennington
needed three plays to convert the turnover into points, throwing a
35-yard touchdown pass to Wayne Chrebet.

Randy McMichael caught a 21-yard TD pass from Fiedler to tie the
game at 7, but the Dolphins never got closer.

Pennington responded with a 27-yard scoring pass to Justin
McCareins, who took advantage when Madison fell down. McCareins
toed the line to stay in bounds at the 2 and stretched the ball
into the end zone for his first touchdown as a Jet.

They added to the lead just before the break, going 39 yards in
four plays in only 20 seconds. Doug Brien kicked a 49-yard field
goal as time expired in the half to make it 17-7.

The Jets got possession first to start the second half and kept
rolling. Martin scored on a 25-yard run and left the game after one
more carry with a bruised knee. Edwards said the injury is not
serious.

"When Curtis had that long touchdown to the outside I was on
the sideline throwing my fist down and cheering," Jordan said. "I
was saying, 'That guy can't be getting old.' He's having such a
great season."

Jordan got the reigns after Martin exited the game, and he
scored on a 25-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Game notes
Jets backup guard/tackle Brent Smith hurt his left knee,
and Edwards said he would be re-evaluated this week. ... The
27-point margin of victory is the largest for the Jets in the
series. ... Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael finished with seven
catches for 87 yards. ... Chrebet caught his first touchdown pass
since the third game of last season.