NFL Week 3, Jets Vs. Dolphins: Miami Fails On Last Minute 4th And Goal, Giving New York A 31-23 Victory

The Miami Dolphins look to defend their tenuous lead on the AFC East, but in order to do so, they must beat back the preseason darling New York Jets.

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NFL Week 3, Jets Vs. Dolphins: Mark Sanchez Turns In Another 3-TD Game

For the second straight week, Mark Sanchez threw three touchdowns in a Jets victory. This time around the Jets took care of business against the Dolphins winning 31-23.

SB Nation's Gang Green Nation is awfully intrigued by the play of Sanchez, especially after a preseason that saw some people write him off.

He made some clutch throws when the team needed him to do so. There were a couple of big mistakes that Miami just missed taking advantage of, but winning a tight divisional game requires a bit of luck. Imagine I told you that 3 games into the year Sanchez would have 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. There's still a long way to go, but those preseason games where he didn't look good feel like a long time ago. Don't they?

There's reason to celebrate in New York. Check out Gang Green Nation to see what Jets fans are saying about Mark Sanchez and the big victory.

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NFL Week 3, Jets Vs. Dolphins: Miami's Wildcat Doesn't Seem To Be Working

Dolphins are understandably upset about losing Sunday night's game against the Dolphins and seem to be pointing the finger at the defense, special teams and the wildcat.

As for the latter, SB Nation's The Phinsider says maybe the wildcat has run its course. On Sunday, the Dolphins ran it seven times for three yards.

Listen, I understand that the Wildcat originally had a purpose. I know it was meant to cover up for other deficiencies this team had. And I still think the basic Wildcat runs can be effective plays in the right situations. But the timing of some of these calls from Dan Henning are just terrible. You don't call it when the passing game is just getting into a rhythm and has moved the ball down the field for the first time all game - as Henning did early in the second quarter. You don't let Ronnie Brown throw the ball late in the third when it's a one point game. And you certainly do not call a Wildcat reverse to Patrick Cobbs on 1st down from NY's 36 in the fourth quarter of a four point game.

Check out SB Nation's The Phinsider to see what Dolphins fans are saying about the 31-23 loss on Sunday night.

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NFL Week 3, Jets Vs. Dolphins: Miami Falls Short On Pivotal Last-Minute Drive

 

 

The Dolphins' Jason Allen nearly came away with a game-changing interception on the Jets' final meaningful drive in their Sunday night victory. After further review, however, it turned out the ball caromed off the grass for an incomplete pass. And thus went away Miami's best chance of beating the Jets to advance to 3-0 and hold sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

Braylon Edwards, bearing the full brunt of controversy stemming from his DWI arrest last week, had only two receptions against Miami, but both were of mammoth impact. The first went for 67-yards to regain the lead for the Jets after the Dolphins had taken a 17-14 lead with a six minute plus drive to begin the 3rd quarter.

The second Edwards reception didn't go for a score, but still figured heavily in New York's victory. On the Jets' last touchdown drive, Mark Sanchez hit Edwards for a 20-yard completion on a 3rd down and 10. Once again, it was Jason Allen making a pivotal mistake. On Edwards' first reception, Allen stumbled to let Edwards streak for a long touchdown. On the second, Allen failed to realize he had safety help. Had he played underneath the receiver, he could have easily made a play on the ball. Instead, it was completed and the Jets were on their way to victory.

Miami, which last year lost a primetime game where, after dominating the majority of the game against the Colts, could not convert a two-minute drill when it mattered most. While Miami was able quickly to move the ball into the red zone, the drive sputtered out from there and Chad Henne's 4th down and goal pass was intercepted by Drew Coleman.

With a victory secured, Rex Ryan decided to celebrate by giving a Gatorade bath to former Dolphin Jason Taylor. Of course he did.

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VIDEO: Braylon Edwards 67-Yard Touchdown With Bonus Dougie Celebration

 

Braylon Edwards was the off-field scandal du jour for the Jets this week. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, an arrest that forced the Jets to sit their starting receiver for the first quarter of the Sunday night game against the Dolphins.

Edwards made little impact for the remainder of the first half, but once the Dolphins took a 17-14 lead following a methodical drive to open the 3rd quarter, quarterback Mark Sanchez hit Edwards along the sideline. Corner Jason Allen had the responsibility to cover Edwards, but appeared to slip on the infield dirt still in place at Sun Life Stadium. It was little trouble for Braylon to take it the rest of the way for six.

Once there, Edwards, unrepentant for being flagged for taunting for doing the dougie last week after scoring against the Patriots, pulled it out again to celebrate the go-ahead score in Miami.

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NFL Week 3, Jets Vs. Dolphins: It Was Once Tight Ends, Now It Is Big Name Receivers

With 17 straight points, the Dolphins took  their first lead of Sunday night. It wasn't to last long, as the Jets regained the advantage in one play.

On a night when Miami is celebrating, as it were, the two-year anniversary of the team using the now belabored Wildcat formation, the Wildcat proved to be an effective decoy on the Dolphins opening drive of the second half, a 12-play, 73-yard plod emblematic of most Miami scores. It was capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall.

It seemed to be a complete swing of the game, but on the first play of the following possession Mark Sanchez hit Braylon Edwards on a sideline route, but Jason Allen, the corner covering Edwards, fell down, which allowed Edwards to streak the rest of the way for the touchdown. While tight ends were responsible for the third three touchdowns of the evening, with Dustin Keller accounting for two and Anthony Fasano for one, it is wide receivers who have scored the last two.

Of course, while the Jets do get back on top, their winded defense returns to the field to try to stop Miami again with little chance of relief.

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NFL Week 3: Jets Vs. Dolphins: Miami Might Want To Cover Dustin Keller

Never mind that Braylon Edwards was missing from action for the first quarter of Sunday night's action because of disciplinary action stemming from his DWI arrest this week. Mark Sanchez was more than content to find his prized tight end or a big gain.

After Keller began the opening frame with four catches for 79 yards, Sanchez found Keller in the end zone again for a 12-yard touchdown, Keller's second of the game and third of the season.

If Keller can eclipse the 100-yard mark, it will be the second time in as many weeks, after Keller caught seven passes for 115 yards and a score in the Week 2 win against New England.

In the meantime, the Dolphins responded by picking on rookie cornerback Kyle Wilson to get on the cusp of scoring position for the first time this evening.

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NFL Week 3: Jets Vs. Dolphins: New York Gets 10-Play Opening Drive To Get First Score

Mark Sanchez hit tight end Dustin Keller on a sideline route at the goal line for a 24-yard touchdown pass to end a 10-play, 72-yard opening drive to give the Jets a 7-0 lead to open the Sunday night game in Miami.

The Dolphins offense hasn't yet quite found its stride. Chad Henne is 2/6 for 23 yards, while the duo of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown can account for one carry for two yards each. Former Dolphins star Jason Taylor made an impact early for a Jets team he once spoke ill of by registering a sack on Henne.

Keller has been the star in early action, hauling in four passes for 79 yards and a score in the first quarter alone.

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NFL Week 3: Jets Vs. Dolphins: Miami Looks To Maintain Sole Lead Of AFC East

(Sports Network) - The New York Jets are banking that a stirring victory from last week signals a changing of the guard in the AFC East. So are the Miami Dolphins.

In an early-year clash that could have significant late-season ramifications as well, the Jets and Dolphins renew their bitter rivalry this Sunday in a primetime showdown between divisional foes that both harbor lofty expectations.

After failing to live up to their considerable hype in an ugly 10-9 home loss to the equally-optimistic Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, the Jets were able to back up their preseason braggadocio with an extremely impressive win last Sunday. Getting a shutdown performance by its highly-regarded defense and a coming-of-age effort from young quarterback Mark Sanchez, New York soared past defending AFC East champ New England in a 28-14 verdict that once again forced everyone to take notice.

The Jets scored 21 unanswered points to overcome a 14-7 second-quarter deficit and overwhelmed the Patriots' dangerous offense over the game's final 30 minutes, limiting Tom Brady and company to a paltry 80 total yards and intercepting the superstar signal-caller two times after halftime.

Six days after mustering an anemic 74 passing yards against a rugged Baltimore defense, Sanchez outplayed his more-decorated counterpart by completing a sharp 21-of-30 throws for 220 yards and a career-high three touchdowns versus a New England team that's finished atop the AFC East in six of the past seven seasons.

The win did come at a price, however, as standout cornerback Darrelle Revis aggravated an injury to his left hamstring that will sideline the training- camp holdout for Sunday's test.

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who caught one of Sanchez's three scoring strikes against the Patriots, is expected to play this week despite an arrest for drunken driving early Tuesday morning, though Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said the inconsistent sixth-year pro would be held out of the starting lineup.

While the Jets have grabbed most of the headlines among the AFC East contingent, it's the still-unbeaten Dolphins that actually stand atop the division at the moment. Tony Sparano's troops were able to raise a few eyebrows with their most recent result, a 14-10 triumph on the road over Brett Favre and the suddenly-slumping Minnesota Vikings this past Sunday.

Miami showed it could play a little defense as well in that one, intercepting a rusty Favre three times and producing three sacks of the legendary quarterback, one of which caused a fumble that rookie linebacker Koa Misi recovered in the end zone for the Dolphins' only touchdown.

The unit's opportunistic display helped compensate for a less than desirable output from a Miami offense that's still trying to find its way in the season's initial stages. Following a ho-hum showing in a 15-10 win at lowly Buffalo in the season-opener, the Dolphins managed only 226 total yards and 12 first downs against the Vikings.

Miami hopes to better those numbers when it faces an aggressive New York defense that now counts longtime Dolphin Jason Taylor as a member. The 36- year-old former NFL Defensive Player of the Year spent 12 of his first 13 professional seasons with the Fins and is the franchise's all-time leader with 124 sacks.

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