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Posted Oct 28, 2012

Poupart's view on one of the Dolphins most complete and satisfying victories against the New York Jets.

Some random thoughts and observations on a day when the Dolphins recorded one of their most complete and satisfying victories against the New York Jets.

• Just to provide an idea of the significance of this victory, it was the Dolphins’ most lopsided road victory against the Jets since a 43-0 rout at Shea Stadium way back in 1975.

• This really was beautiful to watch from a Dolphins perspective, from the performance of backup quarterback Matt Moore, to another strong showing by the defense to an amazing performance by the special teams.

• Where do you start with the special teams? A perfectly executed surprise onside kick after the first score of the game? Jimmy Wilson’s punt block that gave Olivier Vernon an easy touchdown? Or Vernon’s blocked field goal late in the first half? Or Marcus Thigpen’s long kickoff return immediately after the Jets got on the scoreboard with a field goal? Or Brandon Fields’ tremendous punting (again)? And, then, to cap things off, Brian Hartline securing the ball when the Jets attempted an onside kick after scoring in the fourth quarter?

• The Dolphins defense shut down the Jets running game just the way we figured they would and teed off on Mark Sanchez all afternoon.

• There was quite the buildup for this game with the back-and-forth during the week involving Rex Ryan (how shocking!), Reggie Bush, LaRon Landry, Aaron Maybin, then Mike Pouncey and finally Antonio Cromartie. And then, wouldn’t you know it, on the Dolphins’ first drive, Bush finds himself in the open field, throws a vicious right hand at Cromartie while carrying the ball and Cromartie pushes back after the play. End result? Cromartie gets flagged for a personal foul at the end of a 19-yard run. Doesn’t get more beautiful than that if you’re a Dolphins fan.

• The Dolphins got to have the last laugh (most of them, actually) on Sunday and we can just imagine what Bush told Ryan when he wound up near the Jets bench at the end of a run in the second half.

• And did you catch Richie Incognito waving bye-bye to the Jets as he was walking off the field in the fourth quarter?

• That onside kick after the Dolphins’ first field goal was just awesome, from the guts to make the call to the execution. That the Dolphins went three-and-out after Jason Trusnik’s recovery doesn’t even matter.

• Of course, that drive right after the onside kick ended with Ryan Tannehill getting sacked on third down and then leaving the game with a leg injury. That’s where having a backup of the caliber of Matt Moore comes in handy. Lest anyone forget, Moore is the guy who led the Dolphins to a 6-3 finish last year. If he’s not the best backup quarterback in the NFL, he at least belongs in the conversation.

• Despite not seeing any action to this point in the season, Moore had his share of beautiful throws, including a 17-yard strike to Hartline in the first quarter, a bomb to Marlon Moore in the second quarter and another bomb to Jabar Gaffney that the newcomer couldn’t hang on to.

• Gaffney finally made his Dolphins debut three weeks after being signed and his first catch in a Miami uniform was a 30-yard gain. His drop aside, he’s somebody who rounds out nicely the wide receiver corps.

• How was that for a two-play sequence for Jimmy Wilson late in the first quarter. First, he sacks Sanchez on third down and then comes free to block a punt to give Vernon his easy touchdown. This was a guy we could tell pretty early had playmaking ability and he’s starting to show that.

• Wilson’s sack was part of a day where the Dolphins blitz was tremendously effective. In addition to Wilson’s big play, Nolan Carroll forced a fumble when he sacked Sanchez later in the first quarter. Carroll actually could have had himself a huge day had he not dropped an interception right in his hands in the second half.

• Wow, Tim Tebow sure made a big difference in this game, didn’t he?

• How about that footwork by Anthony Fasano in the back of the end zone on his third- quarter touchdown. Looks like Brian Hartline isn’t the only Dolphins receiver who can make those kind of catches.

• Here’s the bottom line in this thing: The Dolphins didn’t run the ball particularly well and they still spanked the Jets. Miami now finds itself at 4-3, only half a game behind the Patriots in the AFC East.

• The Dolphins’ next three games are against the Colts, Titans and Bills, and envisioning a 7-3 record isn’t that crazy anymore. Then again, let’s take things one at a time. Indy, we must remind you, is 4-3 and that rookie quarterback of theirs isn’t too shabby.

• What remains to be seen is whether we’ll have a battle of rookie first-round QBs next week or whether Tannehill will have to sit out the game. Regardless, the Dolphins showed Sunday against the Jets they’re a pretty complete team that doesn’t solely rely on one player.
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