Four Downs: Jets Beat Miami

The Jets defense struggled at times but the offense had another big week as New York beat Miami 31-23.

The Jets now have a winning record after consecutive wins over AFC East teams. Four Downs looks at the major points from Sunday night's 31-23 win over Miami:

1. Sanchez Steps Up - Mike Tannenbaum drafted Mark Sanchez because the general manager and the football operations staff believed the USC product would develop into the franchise quarterback that the Jets last had in a guy named Namath. In front of national audience, Sanchez showed why the Jets are high on him, completing 15-of-28 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He wasn't sacked and did not throw an interception. It was Sanchez's second three-touchdown effort of his career and came in as many weeks. Don't hear too many people saying bust right now, eh?

2. Ground & Pound - The Jets running back-by-committee of LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene and Brad Smith combined for 28 carries for 147 yards. Not entirely impressive until considering that the trio took 4:47 off the clock following Dan Carpenter's 50-yard field goal that cut the Jets' lead to 24-20. Oh, and Tomlinson scored what turned out to be the game-deciding touchdown with a one-yard leap, his first touchdown as a member of the Jets. Miami had no answer for the different looks that the Jets offense threw at them. Impressive.

3. Big Tuna Hung Out To Dry - Bill Parcells believes in power football. On offense, the legendary coach wants his teams to be able to run the football. Once they're able to pound the ball effectively, Parcells' offensive units can use the play-action passing game. But they have to be able to run the ball. The Jets limited the Dolphins to 66 yards rushing. The vaunted Miami wildcat was anemic and got hit in the backfield plenty of times.

4. Revis Missed - Darrelle Revis, who sat out the game with a hamstring injury, was missed. Third year Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne did a more than passable imitation of Dan Marino, shredding the Jets secondary for 363 yards and two touchdowns. He was picked off by Drew Coleman in the end zone to seal the Jets win, though. But this team looks different without "Revis Island" and the secondary could really use his return sooner rather than later.

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