Monday Morning Quarterback: Week 3 Jets vs. Dolphins

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Sept 23, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

It’s Monday Morning Quarterback time. The Jets won 23-20 in OT over the Dolphins, but that certainly doesn’t mean we have nothing to talk about, because we do, and then some.

The Jets won this game because the Dolphins had many chances to put the game away, and just didn’t. Two Dan Carpenter missed field goals, one of which would have ended the football game. Without Reggie Bush for the second half, the Dolphins offense looked lost. You can almost guarantee that if Bush had not gotten hurt, the Jets would have lost this football game.

The Jets couldn’t get anything going consistently, but made the plays they needed to make at the right time. That was the difference in this football game. When it was on the line, the Jets made plays, and the Dolphins didn’t. The Dolphins needed a field goal to win the game, they couldn’t make it. As bad a game as Mark Sanchez had statistically, he made the throw to Santonio Holmes for 38 yards to set up the game winning field goal. Nick Folk made the kick he had to make, Carpenter did, though Folk got a little bit of help from coach Philbin of the Dolphins.

Let’s get into the nitty gritty of this one.

Jeremy Kerley showed again yesterday that he is a playmaker, coming up big in the clutch for Mark Sanchez and the offense. His 66 yard catch and run from Mark Sanchez was the play that finally got some momentum going for this offense, because it wasn’t coming elsewhere.  His clutch TD reception gave the Jets the lead late in the fourth quarter, which the defense squandered.  We will talk about that later though.

Sept 23, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) reacts on the sideline in a game against the Miami Dolphins in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

The player of the day definitely was Santonio Holmes. He talked this week about lighting up the Miami secondary, and he finally put his play where his mouth is, and performed like a number one receiver. He put up 9 catches for 147 yards, marking his first 100 yard game since 2010. He was clutch as well. In overtime, his 38 yard reception set up the win for the Jets. Playmakers make plays when the game is on the line, and finally, Holmes showed himself as a guy that could do that.

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