Downright Embarrassing

It was bad enough that the Dolphins lost to the New York Jets Sunday to get to 0-12 on the season, but the 40-13 loss was downright embarrassing.

The Dolphins were outgained by a 2-to-1 margin, turned the ball over five times, were outscored 20-0 in the second half, John Beck was outplayed by Jets 2006 second-round pick Kellen Clemens, the defense had problems defending simple shovel passes, the offense failed to reach the end zone for the third consecutive game and when the Dolphins did score a touchdown they were assessed two penalties that led them to kicking off from the 8-yard line.

In short, it was bad.

Things actually began to go sour for the Dolphins led in the first half when they trailed 17-13 and were driving into Jets territory.

That's when Beck was intercepted by Jets safety Kerry Rhodes when he threw downfield to Ted Ginn Jr. Rhodes returned the pick to give the Jets the ball at their 45-yard line and they drove to kick a field goal right before halftime.

The Dolphins then turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions early in the second half -- two Beck fumbles on sacks and an interception -- and the Jets cashed in with a touchdown and two field goals to push their lead to 33-13.

The Dolphins offense, meanwhile, didn't reach New York territory until the final drive of the game.

By that time, the Jets had added yet another touchdown, which came at the end of a 12-play, 76-yard drive that featured nothing but running plays except for a shovel pass from Clemens to Thomas Jones that gained 25 yards on third-and-10 from the Jets 24-yard line.

The Dolphins' only score of the game came in the second quarter when Will Allen nailed Clemens from behind on a blitz, the ball popped loose and right into the hands of Micheal Lehan, who then raced 43 yards for a touchdown.

The touchdown gave the Dolphins a 13-10, but as always there also was bad news on the play.

At the end of Lehan's runback, Channing Crowder was called for unnecessary roughness on a block and then Vernon Carey was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the extra point, meaning the Dolphins had to kick off from the 8-yard line.

The Jets started their next drive at their 44 and drove 56 yards for a touchdown, a 19-yard pass from Clemens to Brad Smith, that quickly gave them the lead back, 17-13.

And it would only get worse from there, as the Dolphins dropped to 0-12 with a trip to Buffalo coming up next Sunday.


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