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Earlier last week, Brandon Marshall said to the media, “the quarter and a half I’m out there, I’m going to play like a monster,” implying that he planned to get thrown out of Monday Night’s showdown against his divisional rival.
That did not happen and it wasn’t Brandon Marshall who played like a monster. It was Darrelle Revis who made the most noise, sparking the New York Jets (3-3) and leading them to a 24-6 win against the Miami Dolphins (0-5), snapping a three-game losing streak.
The hyped-up bout between Revis and Marshall went to the All-Pro cornerback, espcially with his first round knock out. After what looked like the Jets would dig themselves a big hole after fumbling the kickoff, back-up quarterback Matt Moore threw an interception to Darrelle Revis, who returned the pick 100 yards for the score. With the Jets offense struggling again, Revis’ return was exactly what the doctor ordered.
The New York Jets finally picked up their first, first down with six minutes to go in the second quarter. That first down was followed by an impressive drive with Mark Sanchez finally finding some rhythm, connecting with Dustin Keller and Santonio Holmes for big gains. Mark Sanchez capped off his first productive drive of the game with a quarterback draw into the endzone, giving the Jets a 14-6 lead at the half.
On their first offensive possession of the second half, Mark Sanchez and the Jets put together another productive but settled for a Nick Folk 28-yard field goal after moving the ball all the way to the Miami 10-yard line.
The offense quieted down for the remainder of the third quarter but showed more life early in the fourth. Off of great blocks by Jeremy Kerley and Plaxico Burress and a little juking and jiving, Santonio Holmes found the endzone on a 38-yard reception from Mark Sanchez, extending their lead to 24-6.
With the defense also stepping up their game, that is all the scoring the Jets needed.
After Santonio Holmes called out the offensive line during the week, defending his quarterback, the offensive line stepped up big and gave Mark Sanchez much needed protection.
The defense also turned it up a notch after a shaky showing against the New England Patriots last week. Regardless of if they are expected to play well against the winless Dolphins, it was necessary for the Jets defense to build up some confidence and help lead the team to more victories.
Darrelle Revis. Enough said. Two interceptions and dominant coverage of Brandon Marshall. What else could you ask for?
If the offense wants to continue to be effective, it is imperative that they find more ways to get Plaxico Burress the ball. The big receiver caught his first pass late in the third quarter. Not only is he a big threat, but he can provide the Jets offense with a spark as can Holmes and Dustin Keller.
Jets fans can once again breathe a little bit better. Even with the win, are they the same old Jets? Maybe not. Even with the win, do we want them to just end the season already? Definitely not. Despite how we all feel, the Jets need to improve, especially offensively.
For now, we’ll all take the win.