Jets stumble against the Dolphins

By Hugo Guzman  |   Monday, December 19, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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Due to circumstances out of their control over the weekend, the Miami Dolphins were eliminated from playoff contention. Even so, with the New York Jets in town, the game was as competitive as any other match-up between the two archrivals. The Dolphins won 24-20 thanks to a final minute defensive stand in their own territory. The loss means the Jets will finish the 2005 season winless on the road, the first time since 1964.

The Jets were led by Brooks Bollinger who took a beating but never let it affect his game. He was sacked six times but completed 28-of-42 passes for 327 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Bollinger didn't turn the ball over once. The offense was helped by tight end Doug Jolley who had his best game of the season, catching 9 passes for 102 yards with a touchdown. Laveranues Coles supported the cause with a touchdown catch of his own.

Cedric Houston started his second consecutive NFL game of his rookie season and rushed 15 times for 84 yards with a fumble. Mike Nugent kicked a pair of 42-yard field goals, one at the end of the first half and the other in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins were forced to substitute quarterbacks at the start of the second half because Gus Frerotte was hurt. Frerotte finished the first half completing half of his 16 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown and interception. Sage Rosenfels started in the second half and completed 6-of-13 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. Chris Chambers continued his hot streak with a touchdown catch. Marty Booker also caught one. Ricky Williams hurt the Jets again, scoring early in the fourth quarter to give the Dolphins the lead that they would never turn back. Williams rushed the ball 14 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Ronnie Brown rushed 12 times for 45 yards. Kicker Olindo Mare missed a field goal but finished 1-for-2 on the day.

Jets sophomore linebacker Jonathan Vilma continues to lead the NFL in tackles, with 149.

If the effort shown in Miami proves anything for the Jets, it's that they have not given up on head coach Herm Edwards. The fact that the offense was able to score is a sign of improvement, albeit a little late in the season.

The Jets welcome the New England Patriots to the Meadowlands next Monday night in what will be the final Monday Night Football game ever on ABC.
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