Monday, October 04, 2004

New York Jets 17, Miami Dolphins 9

Jay Fiedler's return to the starting lineup proved to be an unsuccessful one. Despite another magnificent defense performance, Miami lost 17-9. For the first time in many years, Miami has begun the season 0-4.

The 66-yard INT return by Donnie Abraham at the beginning of the 3rd Quarter signaled the end of Miami's competitive chances. At the half, Miami was trailing 10-9. A Curtis Martin TD run was the biggest Jets score of the half. Olindo Mare kicked three field goals in the 2nd Quarter to put nine points on the board. A late fumble by Jay Fiedler officially ended Miami's hopes of victory.

Fiedler put up decent numbers. He went 18/33 for 206 yards. However, he threw two devastating INT's along with fumbling in the last minute of regulation. The mistakes Fiedler made were inexcusable for a veteran like Fiedler. The attempted lateral in the 4th Quarter was among the most disgraceful plays I've seen in all my years. A fifth year starter should know better than to make that play. Fiedler should probably continue starting, but only because of how badly Feeley has played.

Leonard Henry did play better. A big 53-yard gain gave him nearly a five yard average for the game. Of all our RB's, he runs the hardest.

I'm out of things to write about. Every Dolphin game looks like this. The defense keeps it close, but Miami cannot score a single TD. I'm not sure how long this defense can hold up without the offense providing any support.

The defense has been incredible. Without their two defensive tackles, they still held the Jets to ten offensive points. I agree with Wannstedt when he says this is the best defense Miami has had since Johnson.

Things don't look great for next week. The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will be ready to finally blow out this Miami squad.


Blogger Eric Cioffoletti said...

Not too much left to say. The Dolphins are losers. Looks like we'll have to content ourselves by watching other NFL teams this year.

October 6, 2004 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger tsias said...

That's about all there is to say. I'm resigned that Miami will win no more than four regular season games.

We'll be back next year. The skill players are all solid. We have Booker, Chambers, and McMichael on offense. Hopefully we mortgage some of our defense to improve the OL position. With a decent OL, the QB and RB holes would be less glaring.

October 7, 2004 at 11:19 PM  

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