A disaster was unleashed at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon but it was not named Hurricane Sandy. It was the New York Jets, and for their fans, after the performance they witnessed in New Jersey, one wonders what would have been booed more.
Miami dominated on special teams and shook off the loss of their rookie quarterback in embarrassing Gang Green 30-9 in front of an unhappy, pre-hurricane crowd at MetLife Stadium.
Embattled Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who could not have played any worse if the center of Hurricane Sandy passed over the stadium during the game, completed 28-of-54 passes for 283 meaningless yards and a late touchdown to Chaz Schilens.
Tim Tebow, who experts surmised might see an increase in playing time with the expected poor conditions, carried the ball one time for two yards. He also missed an assignment in the first quarter, allowing the Dolphins to block a Robert Malone punt and recover it in the end zone for the first touchdown of the game.
The Jets offense never got going — where has that been said before — and on their first six drives of the game, New York went punt, punt (blocked for TD), fumble, punt, punt, punt.
Shonn Greene, who had been a bright spot in recent weeks, carried 15 times for 77 yards but was never a factor.
Defensively, Gang Green only allowed 236 total yards (97 on the ground, 136 through the air), but it did not matter since the offense was so putrid.
After the game, Ryan said he was blown away by the way the team played considering how great a week of practice they had. With a week off before two straight road games, Ryan and the Jets will have to practice even better if they want to right the ship and get back into the race.
The Jets (3-5) are off before returning in Week 10 at Seattle. The Dolphins (4-3) face the Colts in Indianapolis next Sunday.