Mark Sanchez and his New York Jets delivered an exceptional performance against their rival Miami Dolphins Sunday night to give them a 31-23 victory in front of a national audience which moved them to 2-1 on the young season. Behind another great game by Sanchez and tight end Dustin Keller, the Jets did exactly what they needed too following last week’s win over New England, follow it up with a road win against a division opponent. They have now won at least two of their first three games in back to back years and for only the second time in four seasons.

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The Jets have taken a lot of heat in the media recently, and rightfully so. Last night though, the only heat troubling the Jets was the South Beach temperature. Even that couldn’t prevent the Jets from moving to 2-1. The offense, defense, and special teams all contributed, and that’s a must for road division games. And for that…

Game Ball: Rex Ryan

Offense:

LaDanian Tomlinson- LT made the most of his 18 touches, as he had 15 carries for 70 yards and the touchdown that made it in an 8 point game, along with 3 receptions for 18 yards. LT looks really good, and has probably earned a starting job for at least the near future. LT may have put the game out of reach, but the rest of the offense made it go. And that started with…

The Sanchize- Marky Mark looked awfully good last night. That’s two weeks in a row Sanchez has looked like a star in the making. Throwing for another 3 touchdowns, completing 15-28 passes for 256 yards and a QB rating of 120.5, Sanchez has looked every bit the part for the last two weeks. With Santonio Holmes coming back, and Braylon Edwards not spending time in the back of police cars, the Jets offense could look, dare I say, scary? Not to mention the player Sanchez feels most comfortable with…

Dustin Keller- He was my tight end in fantasy from day 1 this year, and he’s rewarded everyone the last two weeks who had him in their lineup. Keller followed up last week’s stellar day with another 6 catches, 98 yards, and 2 touchdowns. He and Sanchez definitely have a rapport going, and it has reminded me of Romo’s first full season starting in Dallas, back in 2007. That year, Jason Witten caught 96 passes for 1,145 yards and 7 touchdowns. Not saying that’s going to happen, but the two definitely have chemistry going. Speaking of chemistry…

Defense:

Defensive Line- Collectively, the Miami Dolphins managed only 84 yards on 23 carries. Henne may have had his way in the air, but the Jets were not going to get beat by the running game. Ricky and Ronnie had little success and as a team, the Dolphins had virtually none running the ball. Jason Taylor and Shaun Ellis both recorded sacks. While the defense wasn’t great, the line did their job contributing towards the win.

Drew Coleman- It wasn’t a great night for the Jets secondary. Missing Darrelle Revis, Chad Henne had his way with the Jets, throwing for 363 yards. On the most important pass of the game though, Drew Coleman was able to pick off a Henne pass at the goal line that would have put the Dolphins only a 2 point conversion away from tying the game.

Specialists:

Brad Smith- When a team prides itself on defense, like the Jets, four kick returns typically isn’t a good thing. What Brad Smith did with these returns are though; he totaled 150 yards on his four returns, averaging 37.5 yards per return, with a long coming of 54 yards. When a kick return team can have success like that, and put their offense in good to great field position, good things will happen.

What’s Next?

The J-E-T-S will take their 2-1 record and head up to Buffalo looking to send the Bills to 0-4, boost their divisional record to 3-0, and overall record to 3-1. It’s a 1 p.m. kickoff at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Enjoy the whining by the Giants fans.