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October 28, 2012

G7: Dolphins 30, @ Stinkin' Jets 9 (Final): Hot Miami improves to 4-3 as special-teams, defense swamp NYJ

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Will Heat surpass Dolphins as South Florida's biggest team?: I explore that question in this column in today's Heat/NBA special preview section. Some say it has happened already. It has not. But could. 

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: New poll today at 4:45 p.m!: We'll have the latest DSM poll in a separate blogpost today beginning at 4:45 p.m. sharp.

G7: DOLPHINS @ STINKIN' JETS: Final: Dolphins now 4-3 with a third straight win -- an enormously impressive road domination of a division rival. Special-teams and defense carry the day, with such a performance following a bye week also speaking well of Joe Philbin and his staff. Modest output offensively, but Matt Moore an efficient 11-for-19 for 131 yards and a TD in relief of injured Ryan Tannehill, whose quad/knee injury does not appear serious. The thought occured in the second half that Miami's backup, Moore, is better than Mark Sanchez (not to mention Tim Tebow). ..... 4Q: Miami 30-9 on Carpenter 42-yard FG. ... Chaz Schilens 5-yard scoring pass from Sanchez has Jets within 27-9 after missed two-point conversion pass. Way too little, too late. And shocking lack of urgency by NYJ offense. ..... 3Q: Chris Clemons INT for Miami as Jets fan boo Sanchez, call for Tebow (like that'll help!). ... Reggie Bush fumble loss. ... Moore 4-yard TD pass to TE Anhtony Fasano makes it 27-3, and the Dolphins are flat-out embarrassing the Jets. ... NYJ within 20-3 on Nick Folk 38-yard kick. ..... Half: I have never seen a better half of football by a Dolphins special-team unit. Never, ever. What a thorough domination by Miami. Tannehill's injury the only negative, but luckily it does not appears serious. ..... 2Q: Olivier Vernon blocked FG in final minute! Miami special teams continue to dominate. ... Miami 20-0 after 39-yard FG. Seems at this point Tannehill (quad/knee) won't return, although still don't think it seems serious. ... Daniel Thomas dives in from 3 for 17-0 Dolphins lead after Jets turnover. ..... 1Q: Turnover has Miami knocking on door as quarter ends. Dolphins domination in 1Q! ... Nolan Carroll blitz = Mark Sanchez fumble = Paul Soliai recovery. ... Miami 10-0 after Oliver Vernon TD off Jimmy Wilson blocked punt. ... That looked like pass interference to me. Official had his hand on flag but didn't have the spheroids to call it. ... Matt Moore in at QB for Miami but seems temporary. Tannehill on stationary bike on sideline and seems OK. ... Fins make nothing of onside kick. Ryan Tannehill limping after sack. (I called a trick play, said onside kick or fake punt, on the 790 pregame show). ... Miami 3-0 on Dan Carpenter 33-yard FG, then Dolphins recover onside kick! Early "hot sauce" with tension between Reggie Bush, Antonio Cromartie. ... Let's go! ..... Original post: Miami on a two-game win streak and coming off a bye, but a narrow 1aa1doljetunderdog today in the Joisey swamp. I think that's with reason, I'm afraid, although in this case I'd happily trade being wrong for the sight of Rex Ryan slumping dejectedly off the field after having the cocky knocked out of him. It's been a week of childish yet entertaining jawing back and forth between these heated, hated rivals but emotion won't turn this result. Miami will need to get Reggie Bush and that once-powerful running game going again to take pressure off Ryan Tannehill as the rookie tastes his first division roadie. NYJ will try to make it very tough on Tannehill and seems to have the blitz package and the secondary to do that. It is why I'm going with the home team in what I think will be a defensive, points-shy struggle. Again, though, I am never more receptive to being wrong than when I pick this team to win. Trust me on that. Miami's run defense also will be tested, because Planes ground game has been very good the past two weeks. When Mark Sanchez is your QB, you eventually figure out you need that. My pick: Jets, 19-16.

Note: I'll be on 790 The Ticket's pregame show talking Dolphins-Jets today from 10 a.m. 'til about 11:30, then right back here at kickoff for a live in-game Boutique Blog (patent pending). You are invited.

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