The lone bright spot for the Jets' offense cam when Mark Sanchez hooked up with Chaz Schiliens in the final quarter for New York's only touchdown of the afternoon. Sanchez took the snap out of the shot gun formation and Schiliens ran a five yard slant to beat Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll. The score was 27-9 with 7:20 left in the fourth quarter, and for the first time all the day the Jets had some hope. The Jets decided to go for the two point conversion on the next play, but Sanchez made an errant throw, and the attempt failed. The Jets were unable to put anymore points on the board and the Dolphins went on to win 30-9. Other than the touchdown pass, Sanchez looked rattled in the pocket and made bad reads throughout the whole contest.
The Jets usually head into most games with a decided advantage in special teams. On Sunday the Jets shot themselves in the foot against the Dolphins. Miami had a 3-0 lead in the closing minutes of the first quarter, but the Jets had a punt blocked for a touchdown because of bad communication. Everyone who watches football knows Tim Tebow's natural position is quarterback, but the special teams coach, Mike Westhoff, designated him as the Jets' personal punt protector. Tebow decided to block Jonathan Amaya, who ripped past the line and disrupted the play. While Tebow was blocking Amaya, Jimmy Wilson ran up the middle untouched and blocked Robert Malone's punt. Olivier Vernon caught the ball on a bounce in the Jets end zone for a Dolphins touchdown. This was arguable a game changer for the Dolphins. Throughout the day the Jets made big mistakes, including several more on special teams.
"It's a shock that some of the things happened, things that we really count on," claimed a dejected Ryan following the game "You know obviously they had a big edge in special teams this week, which is an area we usually dominate. We know they have an excellent special teams, but that's an area we think we have an advantage."
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The Jets lost in every aspect of the game this week with their offense, defense, and special teams not impressing the home crowd. This was one of the worst games under Rex Ryan's watch, making it nearly impossible for the Jets to find a bright spot today. On positive was the performance of second year receiver Clyde Gates who had only two catches for 37 yards on the season entering Sunday's game with Miami. Gates had a career game making seven receptions for 82 yards. A lot of his receptions came in the second half, but he showed his potential to be a threat in the offense. By now, everyone knows Santonio Holmes is out for the season. He was the leading receiver on the team before his injury. Stephen Hill has been inconsistent, especially in the Dolphins game. Hill has shown potential to become a star receiver in the NFL, but is still making rookie mistakes. This game Hill showed he was not yet the go to receiver. Hill dropped one too many passes that were thrown in a catchable location. The Jets need to find another consistent weapon other than tight end Dustin Keller.
Once again the media will begin to ask the question, is it Tebow time? The Jets will not win football games by throwing 54 times in a game. The Jets are not the type of team that can play from behind and start major comebacks. Ryan's bunch need to rely on a strong ground game and keep games close. The two headed attack of Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas helped the Dolphins control the ground game in Week Seven. Although the Jets had more total yards, they failed to outperform the Dolphins in any part of the game. The Seattle
Seahawks are next on the schedule and sit at 4-4 on the year. The Seahawks have one of the most underrated running backs in the league, Marshawn Lynch. He is coming off a solid week against the Detroit Lions, rushing for 105 yards on 12 carries including a touchdown.
In the beginning of the season coach Pete Carrol's decision to start rookie quarterback Russell Wilson was heavily criticized. Wilson is now beginning to get comfortable with the playbook and his numbers are looking better each week. This week Wilson threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-24 loss to the Lions. The Jets had a nightmarish game at the Meadowlands, but are heading into a bye week with their sights set on resting up and fixing their mistakes with the extra week off. Although this was a big conference game, they are still not out of the race and hope to regroup when they head to Seattle.