Dolphins hold Jets scoreless in first half


There were sales at retailers around the country this weekend, but points remain at a premium at the Meadowlands on Sunday.

The Jets and Dolphins were scoreless for more than 29 minutes of football before the Dolphins were finally able to kick a field goal with 45 seconds left to go in the half. Their first four drives ended with a missed field goal, an incompletion on fourth down, an Antonio Cromartie interception and an incompletion on fourth down on the Jets’ 1-yard line. They rolled up 265 yards and 16 first downs over the course of the half, a total that really should have amounted to more points on a day when the Jets can’t do a thing offensively.

Geno Smith threw a pick with 24 seconds to go, giving the Dolphins time to move the ball into range for another field goal just before the gun. Caleb Sturgis hit again and the Dolphins lead 6-0.

Right now, that slim lead might as well be three dozen points. The Jets have gained 39 yards and picked up two first downs, leading to plenty of boos from a home crowd that’s ready to see Matt Simms, Chris Simms, Billy Sims or anyone else playing quarterback. Smith is 4-of-10 for 29 yards and the Jets need to do something else because it’s been months since Smith has looked effective and this game’s in reach for a team with any kind of offense.

Matt Simms may not provide that, but neither does Smith and it’s hard to believe the switch is about to go on at halftime.