There was no late game magic for the Jets this time.
Instead, there were constant dropped passes, misfired throws, and poor communication from the entire Jets passing game in a 10-6 l0ss to the Dolphins. Mark Sanchez completed just 17-of-44 passes for 216 yards and an interception in the loss. He fumbled four times, losing one.
All week, we heard that New York’s 45-3 loss to the Patriots wouldn’t carry over. But New York’s mediocre play has carried over for most of the last two months since the team peaked in a three-game rampage through the AFC East in Weeks 2-4.
The Jets haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in nine quarters. Sanchez is struggling, but a sluggish running game isn’t helping.
It’s a shame, because the offensive crapitude spoiled an outstanding defensive effort. Chad Henne only threw for 55 yards and the Dolphins only had 131 yards for the game.
New York (9-4) is basically out of the AFC East race. They need to steady things in a hurry with road games in Pittsburgh and Chicago coming up. The Jets are still in great shape for a wild card, but they still have to start worrying about 7-6 teams like the Chargers and Dolphins.
Yes, the Dolphins are still alive. With home games against the Bills and Lions the next two weeks, it’s not that hard to imagine a 9-6 Dolphins playing a meaningful game in Week Seventeen.
Unfortunately for the Dolphins, that game is in New England.