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Jets Hold Off Pennington and the Dolphins 20-14

With the heat index hitting almost 100 degrees at game time, 15,000 decided not to show for this sell out game. Those fans missed out on a game that came down to the wire. Expectations were high and many thought this game was going to be one sided. The first three possessions reflected those expectations as the Miami Offense could not get anything going.

The Jets defense last year gave up on average over 135+ yards a game, versus the Dolphins they only let up 49 total yards rushing. This was the key factor of the game. The Jets game plan was to let Chad Pennington beat them in which he almost did.

Chad Pennington attempted 43 passes and completed 26 of them for 251 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT. With 1:43 left to go in the fourth quarter Chad Pennington led the Miami defense down to the field starting from there own 39 yard line to the Jets 18 yard line.

His last attempt fell too short and was picked off in the end zone by Darrelle Revis. That play could have tied the game and the extra point if converted would have put them in the lead. Of Pennington’s 26 completions, 20 went to running backs or tight ends. (Same old Chad with the dink and dunks)

The Jets Defense and special teams won the game. Every time the Jets got the ball they started off in great field position. It would have been even greater for newly returned Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff if kicker Mike Nugent completed his attempt in the first quarter and didn’t get hurt his thigh. Nugents injury put the Jets in a bad position as they had chances to put this game away a couple times but didn’t have a back up kicker. Instead of attempting a FG on a fourth and 13 the Jets decided to go for the end zone and with some magic Brett Farve pass found its way into Chansi Stuckey hands for the score. That is the difference between a gun slinger QB with an arm and courage vs. a weaker arm conservative that likes to hit safety valves.

The Jets offense had an all right day as this was a hard fought battle all day in the heat and humidity. Thomas Jones had to of heard all the pre season naysayers about loosing a step as he shut them up with a nice 22 attempt day for 101 yards and a score. Brett Farve went 15 for 22 for 194 yards and 2 TD’s. He was sacked three times which was a combination of blocking and holding on to the ball too long. He did pull it down and ran for a first down early in the first quarter. Not bad for an Old Camper. Farve did a nice job spreading the ball around as nobody had more then 3 receptions. Jerrico Cotchery led all receivers with 3 catches for 80 yards and a TD. Farve hit Cotchery in stride for a nice 56 yard score.

Game Notes

Jets Defense let up only 49 yards rushing but this came against a front that has two rookies and journeymen starting for the first time under a new scheme. Bryant Thomas had two sacks and looked solid after a quiet preseason. Rookie CB Dwight Lowery played a good amount and was picked on several times but held his own with three pass break ups. Lets see who the Jets brass bring in this week for kicker duties.

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