A Wild Afternoon

The Dolphins completed a sweep of the New York Jets on Sunday in the most incredible of fashions. The Dolphins won despite being outgained by almost 300 yards thanks to the exploits of the player most fans were ready to run out of town. And, of course, it was a game that had to come down to the few final plays.

The hero, of course, was Ted Ginn Jr., who saw his starting spot at wide receiver instead go to Brian Hartline but responded by returning two kickoffs for touchdowns.

It was the first time in franchise history a player had returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game and only the eighth time in league history.

To say it was unexpected would be the understatement of the year.

But it was as necessary as it was unexpected because the Dolphins was completely, completely shut down by the Jets.

The Dolphins managed a pathetic 104 total yards, which was the third-lowest total in franchise history.

It's amazing to think the Dolphins could score 30 points with such a low yardage total, but that's what happens when your special teams and your defense score.

By the way, the Dolphins have reached 30 points in four straight games for only the second time in franchise history. The only other time it happened was in 1987, and two of those games were strike replacement games.

Yes, this offense lacking playmakers -- and we're not denying it is -- has done something the Dolphins never did with Dan Marino (remember, two of those games in 1987 were quarterbacks by Kyle Mackey).

Crazy indeed.

The Jets, as always, were less than gracious after the loss, with linebacker Bart Scott saying the Dolphins have a hellacious offense and have a Super Bowl team.

Scott was asked whether he was being sarcastic and he said no, but who was the man kidding?

That kind of attitude actually makes this victory, strange as it was, even more enjoyable.

It also was huge because at 3-4 the Dolphins still have a realistic shot at making a run at the playoffs, something we wouldn't have been able to say at 2-5.

No, the Dolphins aren't going to win many games like they did Sunday. But for this one day, it was enough.


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