Sandy might be the second worst storm the Jets face this week.
The Dolphins lead 20-0 at the Meadowlands after a first half that saw everything go wrong for the Jets despite the fact that the Dolphins lost quarterback Ryan Tannehill early in the first quarter. The Jets have turned the ball over, had a punt blocked for a touchdown, had a field goal blocked and allowed three sacks to fall way behind a team that they need to beat to have any chance of playoff contention.
They don’t look anywhere close to such a thing. The crowd at MetLife Stadium is raging at the team, particularly an offense that has reverted to looking totally lost after two strong weeks in a row. Mark Sanchez is 10-of-19 for 109 yards and has had throws going all over the place in the first half. They need to try something to spark a totally lifeless team that seems to have evacuated in spirit ahead of the end of the game. The Jets are on a bye after this game and leaving this performance on everyone’s minds for two weeks will make for a feeding frenzy around the team. It will take something special to avoid that.
At this point we are contractually required to remind you that Tebowmania got underway in the second half of a game against the Dolphins last season. There’s a chance that the Jets will see if it can happen twice after the offense do nothing in the first 30 minutes, but he’s touched the ball just once so far on Sunday.
Miami’s offense hasn’t been outstanding, but they’ve done enough to build on the early lead provided by the special teams. Matt Moore has thrown for 81 yards and the Reggie Bush/Daniel Thomas combo has run for 59 to give the defense more than enough time to rest up for their next backhanded slap to the Jets offense.
Unless something changes quickly, things are going to be ugly in the New York/New Jersey area in the next couple of days. And the fallen trees will only be the start of it.