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Dolphins roll over Jets after losing Tannehill

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We’ll have to wait until there’s word about the health of quarterback Ryan Tannehill before we know whether Sunday’s 30-9 victory over the Jets was bittersweet or just sweet for the Dolphins, but there’s a lot for them to be happy about while waiting for the diagnosis on Tannehill.

They are now 4-3 and headed into a game that could push them further into playoff contention against the 4-3 Colts in Indianapolis last week. They also pushed the Jets to 3-5 and into what will surely be a media and fan-driven maelstrom in the two weeks until the Jets next take the field. The Dolphins are now positioned to be the second team in the AFC East and, with two games left against New England, could find their way to more than that.

Sunday’s win came because of solid play in all three phases, although the offense took a back seat to the defense and special teams. The defense made Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense look completely foolish over the entire afternoon. Chris Clemons had an interception, the pass rush dropped Sanchez four times and the bulk of the Jets’ yards came during extended garbage time.

The special teams blocked a punt for a touchdown and blocked a Nick Folk field goal near the end of the first half. There was also a good kickoff return by Marcus Thigpen to stem any potential momentum shift after the Jets finally got on the board in the third quarter. Matt Moore did a solid job moving the team after Tannehill was forced out, the running game was steady and that formula was more than enough to carry the day for the Fins.

The Jets have their own quarterback question to answer in the wake of this loss. Sanchez isn’t hurt, although it might be easier if he were because there would be an easier explanation for his 28-of-54 performance that wasn’t even as mediocre as that sounds. There are plenty of other issues plaguing the Jets offense, but there’s not much reason left not to try something else in hopes of sparking a consistent offensive performance. Sanchez played the entire game, save a couple of Tim Tebow cameos, and the offense never moved until the game was well out of hand.

Change could be in the air in New York. The smell is much nicer down in Miami.

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35 Responses to “Dolphins roll over Jets after losing Tannehill”
  1. rcali says: Oct 28, 2012 4:41 PM

    We should not expect the Yets to stop talking, especially their big mouth coach.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Oct 28, 2012 4:44 PM

    A special thank you shout out to Jeff Fisher. Looks line you chose in-wisely

  3. Juan says: Oct 28, 2012 4:44 PM

    About what you’d expect from a 3 – 5 team. Yet you can’t stop writing about them. Face it, they are not a good football team. They don’t deserve the attention.

  4. phishead1313 says: Oct 28, 2012 4:45 PM

    That was fun, lets do it again in Indy next week.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Oct 28, 2012 4:46 PM

    A classic Sparano performance today. He truly sucks. This could not have worked out better.

  6. judalation says: Oct 28, 2012 4:47 PM

    Looks like the Dolphins have finally shut up the Jets… Hopefully the Media will start to Ignore this Circus now that their season is OVAH!

  7. tannethrill says: Oct 28, 2012 4:49 PM

    Matt Moore’s ability to step in and get the job done with a minute’s notice is becoming a trend. His value as a supportive backup, quality player and able stand in on the fly is worth more to the Fins than the maybe?4th rounder they could get for him.

    I say keep Matt Moore, in fact extend him if he’s willing to stick around as a backup. Guy seemed to be looking for stability on HBO so maybe he embraces this role longterm.

    Jeff Ireland is gaining some job security and Philbin is really a fun watch. The onsides kick makes you want to watch every play as well as the blocks.

  8. ampats says: Oct 28, 2012 4:49 PM

    J ust
    E nded
    T heir
    S eason

  9. jet4evr says: Oct 28, 2012 4:50 PM

    Sanchez needs to warm the bench…Ryan needs to quit talking and get his team focused.. I am a season ticketholder from Florida and glad I didn’t make this game…Jobs on line Ryan and Sanchez.. As a coach you can not be blind to Sanchez not making the next step time to move on……Go jets..

  10. parrothdvb says: Oct 28, 2012 4:51 PM

    So what does Maybin have to say now!!!!

  11. dolphins1121 says: Oct 28, 2012 4:52 PM

    Does that mean Florio and MDS are finally going to put Miami ahead of the Jets in their power rankings? Oh, and maybe start picking us to win?

    They both said the Jets would win this game. And they get paid to do this…

  12. 1uniquename says: Oct 28, 2012 4:53 PM

    This is going to be a fantastic week for dolphin fans with a victory to gloat about all while enjoying all the noise in NY about a QB change. Go Phins baby, lol @ the jets, lol maybin, hahaha.

  13. mcjon22 says: Oct 28, 2012 4:55 PM

    It looks like Laron Landry’s ‘suicide mission’ was successful, as it relates to the Jets

  14. garryfish says: Oct 28, 2012 5:00 PM

    Stop blaming Sanchez. The o-line sucked., the receivers can’t catch. and the special teams sucked. Tebow is not coming to the rescue.

  15. jaypace says: Oct 28, 2012 5:12 PM

    What I don’t get are all the Sanchez apologists. The guy had been given enough time. The jets will not win with mark Sanchez. Blame the receivers, blame the o line all you want. Sanchez is throwing bad picks and losing fumbles. Guy is a bum, time to admit it and move on.

  16. nysportsexchange says: Oct 28, 2012 5:12 PM

    Brutal loss by the Jets to a division rival with a backup QB playing most of the game. The bye week falls perfectly the Jets need time to regroup. http://nysportsexchange.blogspot.com/

  17. 8drinkminimum says: Oct 28, 2012 5:25 PM

    Miami coaches continue to have the team ready.

    Players with question marks continue to improve on both sides of the ball.

    Special teams are in a groove.

    RT we need you back asap but not too soon.

    The only thing missing to cap the day is Realnflmaster coming on here with the usual stupid remark.

  18. annes22 says: Oct 28, 2012 5:27 PM

    They need more than time to re group. You can blame who ever you want, Sanchez is not a good QB.
    How many times was he sacked, and fumbled??? He sucks, and has done for a while.

  19. silverhornet says: Oct 28, 2012 5:56 PM

    The only one that will stop Rex Ryan from talking is the Jets owner. Since I am a Dolfan, I hope he stays there forever, him and the Sanchize.

  20. footballfreak8 says: Oct 28, 2012 5:59 PM

    Rex Ryan “We are going to win the superbowl. Mark Sanchize is going to be superbowl MVP”

  21. ragingsea says: Oct 28, 2012 6:03 PM

    I hope Rex Ryan likes spankings as much as he likes feet, because he sure got one today.

  22. 59phin says: Oct 28, 2012 6:12 PM

    Philbin may very well be the best Head Coach Miami has had since Don Shula. Once again Philbin out coached his rival.

  23. straighcashhomey says: Oct 28, 2012 7:05 PM

    where is realnflmaster who was bragging about 2-2 record and in first place? all talk no heart

  24. igotgamenj says: Oct 28, 2012 7:19 PM

    That was a Beat Down !

  25. wannstache says: Oct 28, 2012 7:56 PM

    A good start for the Dolphins, but I’ll take it with a grain of salt. We looked good in 2008 as well, the last time we played a very weak schedule. And we have yet to beat a team with a winning record. Next year will be the true test, and unfortunately we may still have Jeff Ireland as GM.

  26. monkeyhateclean says: Oct 28, 2012 7:57 PM

    When the Jets lose, America wins.

    They are the epitome of losers, starting with their fans.

  27. blackdonnelly says: Oct 28, 2012 7:58 PM

    So this will be the Jets’ bye week?

    Nice – how about a moratorium on anything Jets-related until they become relevant again, in about 10 years, or at least when the bye is over?

  28. mjvincent125 says: Oct 28, 2012 8:07 PM

    Maybe the Jets should start showing their opponents a little respect.

  29. chas88 says: Oct 28, 2012 8:15 PM

    nysportsexchange says:
    Oct 28, 2012 5:12 PM
    Brutal loss by the Jets to a division rival with a backup QB playing most of the game. The bye week falls perfectly the Jets need time to regroup. http://nysportsexchange.blogspot.com/

    —————————

    All I could see was NY Sport Sex Change.

  30. randomguy9999 says: Oct 28, 2012 8:22 PM

    interesting things came out today:

    – Moore is very capable of starting

    – The Jets are a disaster in literally all phases of the game… the Phins D literally stopped playing the entire 4th Q and the Jets only put up 6.

    – Sanchez deserves a benching, but they don’t have a backup

    – The Dolphins have a fearsome D line

    – if the Phins keep improving at this rate (a big if), they are a legitimate contender

  31. alwaysr1ght says: Oct 28, 2012 9:24 PM

    Ryan sticking with the Titanic.

    Ryan’s sticking with Sanchez after another poor game.
    His job security could wind up being seriously impacted by that loyalty.

  32. haywoodjablomee says: Oct 28, 2012 10:10 PM

    Where are all the big mouth Jets fans now. All hiding under their Mothers skirt. Bwaahaahaa.

  33. ishudbgm says: Oct 29, 2012 12:10 AM

    Is it me or was Clyde Gates acting like he was the man today??? Gates was talking trash because he had a few catches against the people(Carrol and Wilson) he went against every day in practice while the Fins were in a PREVENT defense most of the 4th qtr. Some one please tell this clown named Gates to go sit down somewhere. FINSup!!!!!!!!!!

  34. rboutote says: Oct 29, 2012 7:42 AM

    Clyde Gates had a solid game from start to finish and that includes a couple good kick returns so I dk what ^^^ that’s all about, he was the only only one who showed up for the game on the Jets side hah. And yeah loud mouth Jets fans are quiet now, for good reason. But I won’t sit here and listen to a bunch of loud mouth dolphins fans who haven’t seen a playoff win in well over a decade try to act like you’re so much better than us. All I have to point to is the fact that in Rex’s first season the Jets started 4-6 with people saying much worse things than they are now and, low and behold, they ended up playing in Indianapolis on championship Sunday. There’s still a lot of football left to be played in this division.. Congrats on the season split with the Jets fins fans, but it isn’t “OVAH” yet…

  35. hor2012 says: Oct 29, 2012 12:34 PM

    This is really too bad. I really thought the jets had found thier coach. But, here’s a suggestion how about jon gruden

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