Jets fall to 0-2

The Jets continued their streak of slow starts to open the season under Herman Edwards today by falling to the Miami Dolphins 21-10.<BR><BR>

The loss gives Gang Green a record of 0-2 going into next week's game against the New England Patriots.

The Jets got off to a good start by taking a 3-0 lead on a 12-play drive that covered 84 yards in 4 minutes. It would be the only bright spot in the half for the team however as the division rival Dolphins scored 21 unanswered points to go into the break with a 21-3 lead. The final score would end up being 21-10 Miami as quarterback Vinny Testaverde and company scored a touchdown to open the fourth quarter but could not put together another scoring drive to close the gap.

Testaverde improved on his opening day performance by completing 29 of 45 for 373 yards and a touchdown. He also passed the 40,000 yard milestone for his career that gives him something in common with legendary quarterbacks such as Dan Marino, Joe Montana, and Fran Tarkenton. But the veteran quarterback who is expected to lead the Jets as the starter for the majority of the season could not do enough to give Gang Green the victory. He threw an interception in the fourth quarter in Miami territory that put the nail in the coffin as the Jets start the season 0-2 and in last place by themselves.

Testaverde got very little help from running back Curtis Martin as he rushed for only 32 yards on 10 carries. It was the second week in a row that the team's running game was not a factor as Martin's rushing total for the season is 80 yards on 25 carries.

The defense was no help either as they were unable to stop Miami's running game. All-Pro running back Ricky Williams rushed for 125 yards on 34 carries and a touchdown. "Ricky was picking his holes real well and that makes it real tough," Jets safety Jon McGraw said. "If you can't stop the run, you're in for a long day."

Miami quarterback Jay Fielder also hurt Gang Green's defense with his legs by rushing for 35 yards and a touchdown to go along with a passing day of 14 of 19 for 190 yards and a touchdown.

The win gives the Dolphins a little breathing room after their horrific opening game loss to the Houston Texans. It also makes head coach Dave Wannstedt's hot seat a little cooler as they take a division win into next week's game against their other division rival Buffalo Bills. "We never really find out what's inside us as individuals until we're squeezed," said Wannstedt. "Our football team responded."

Edwards, on the other hand, will most likely have to answer some questions as the Jets get off to a slow start for the third consecutive season under his tenure. Questions such as why Curtis Martin was limited to ten carries and why he went for a fourth and goal at the 3-yard line at the end of the third quarter will probably be raised throughout the week.

The Jets will travel to New England next week for another important division game against the Patriots. The team will look to avoid an 0-3 start against the Pats who rebounded from their week one blowout loss to Buffalo with a convincing 31-10 victory over the Eagles.


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