Crowder Comes Through

Channing Crowder, the Dolphins' loquacious linebacker, was still looking for a breakout game in 2010 as he headed into Sunday's game at the New Meadowlands. He's got it now.

Crowder finished with eight official tackles, a season high, in Miami's 10-6 win over the Jets. In fact, Crowder has exceeded that tackle total just once the past two seasons. He recorded nine tackles against the Bucs in Game 9 last year.

On Sunday, he flew over the top on a Jets blocker to hit Mark Sanchez on a blitz.

He smashed Shonn Greene into the ground after a short pass reception early in the fourth quarter, and the Jets' best running threat — now that LaDainian Tomlinson has hit the physical wall — had one more carry for 2 yards the rest of the evening.

"Channing was all over the place," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "It was interesting. Channing gave a big speech to the team last night and got 'em all wound up. I felt both Channing and Karlos (Dansby, who had a team-high nine tackles, plus a sack) ... did a nice job."

Keep in mind, Crowder hadn't played against the Jets in more than 14 months. He missed the second meeting last year with a shoulder injury, then missed the first meeting this year with a groin problem. He was hungry for another shot at old nemesis Rex Ryan.

And it was Crowder, now 2-0 in games against Ryan's Jets, who got the last laugh on a day when New York was held to just 87 yards on the ground (2.8-yard average).


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