I think it is safe to say that New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington’s ankle is healthy. He also showed that he remains the captain of the Jets’ ship. Pennington passed for 2 touchdowns and ran for a score as the Jets defeated the winless Miami Dolphins 31-28. The game was close throughout, but Pennington proved he was back this Sunday.
The Jets took their first lead of this season late in the 1st quarter when Pennington hit wide receiver Laveranues Coles with a 3-yard TD pass. Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown tied it at 7 with a 1-yard TD run early in the 2nd quarter, his first of the season. The Jets came back after RB Leon Washington, who was subbing for kick returner Justin Miller, returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.
After Dolphins kicker Jay Feely kicked 2 field goals to make the score 14-13, Pennington found tight end Chris Baker in the end zone for a TD with 2 seconds left. Pennington finished with unspectacular yet efficient results, going 15-for-22 for 124 yards and 2 throwing TD’s. Jets RB Thomas Jones had his first strong effort of the season, rushing 25 times for 110 yards. Dolphins WR Chris Chambers led all receivers with 6 catches for 101 yards. Brown led all rushers with 23 carries for 112 yards and 2 rushing TD’s; he added a receiving TD, as well. The Jets next week visit the 0-3 Buffalo Bills while the Dolphins are home against the 1-2 Oakland Raiders.