Jets Keep Dolphins Winless in 40-13 Rout in Miami

Miami Dolphins' Jesse Chatman (28) is tackled by New York Jets' Eric Barton, left, and Abram Elam, right, during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Miami, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. The Jets won 40-13.

For those that thought the Miami Dolphins had a great shot to win their first game of the 2007 season. Think again. Sunday at home vs the two-win New York Jets, the Fins were as bad as ever, and now it truly appears that the once undefeated Fins may go winless. The Jets pounded the Dolphins, beating them in each and every phase of the game in a runaway 40-13 slaughter. The Dolphins were actually favored to win the game, but with rookie John Beck throwing three picks, it was over by halftime as the Jets led 20-13.

New York continued to hold the Fins in the third quarter, and as they added a field goal to go up 23-13, they then were able to pile it on in the fourth, as they scored 17 points and held the Dolphins scoreless to go on for the 27-point win. The offensive slump continued for Miami, as they were able to only generate 187 yards and 12 first downs. Beck went 23-for-39 for 177 yards with the three picks.

Kellen Clemens went 15-for-24 for 236 yards with a touchdown and pick. The running game was the key, as the Jets rushed for 163 yards on 40 carries, putting up 4 yards a carry. The Dolphins were only able to manage 37 yards on 18 carries, being held to just 2.1 yards per carry. Just another amazing stat for a Dolphins team that is now 0-12. “It doesn’t seem real to me,” Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor said. “We’re 0-12. It doesn’t get much lower.”

The Jets should not brag all that much about their 3-9 record, as two of their wins have been against the Jets, the other against the Steelers two weeks ago at the Meadowlands. The win continues a big streak for the Jets over Miami, as the Jets have beaten the Dolphins for the fourth time in a row and the 16th time in the past 20 meetings.

Next week the Jets are at home for the Browns. Miami will be in Western New York to take on the Bills.

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