Not so deep thoughts after watching the Jets’ sluggish 24-6 win over the Dolphins Monday night:
1. This was not a masterpiece victory by the Jets. That might be just what coach Rex Ryan wants to see.
The Jets haven’t reached back-to-back conference championship games by playing an aesthetically pleasing brand of football. They got there by winning games like this.
2. The game was lost in the first half when the Dolphins blew chances in the red zone. They settled for two short field goals and quarterback Matt Moore threw a pick six to Darrrelle Revis. That’s how you get to 0-5.
3. Miami allowed Mark Sanchez to find his mojo. The home crowd was booing the Jets quarterback after four straight three and outs to start the game, but the Jets led the whole time.
Sanchez got incredible protection all night and eventually found a rhythm, leading the Jets to four straight long scoring drives.
New York remained very basic in their passing game all night, but this should give Sanchez a little confidence.
4. Not everything was sunny for the Jets. The running game was ordinary once again. Shonn Greene had 74 yards on 21 carries.
5. Miami’s total lack of a pass rush makes me think they have a real chance at this “Suck for Luck” thing. The 2010 Dolphins defense is a distant memory. All of those Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland draft picks are not getting it done.
6. Moore actually didn’t look that bad. He was hurt by a number of drops, including too many by Brandon Marshall. We doubt the Dolphins would make the trade for Marshall again if they had the option. Marshall actually beat Darrelle Revis four times, but Marshall couldn’t finish plays.
7. Plaxico Burress continues to mix a total lack of explosion with questionable effort.
8. The Jets absolutely had to win this game, and they won it. I’m still not convinced they are playing well enough to beat quality opponents.
We’ll find out soon enough. The next three games: San Diego, at Buffalo, and New England. The Jets need to win two of those games or they’ll be 4-5 with five conference losses.