Three Things on the Miami Dolphins' wildly successful, remarkably easy 30-9 win over the New York Jets:
Thing 1: Monday I posted a blog looking at the Dolphins' special teams under Darren Rizzi and suggesting that could be the difference in this divisional rematch.
Sure enough, Rizzi's guys didn't just win the battle in the first half. They completely dominated Mike Westhoff's unit to the tune of a 20-0 halftime lead.
They surprised the Jets with an onside kick after going down and kicking a field goal on their first possesion. Backup linebacker and special teams demon Jason Trusnik recovered.
The Dolphins got a blocked punt from Jimmy Wilson and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown by rookie Olivier Vernon.
That marked the second time in 14 games the Dolphins had turned a blocked punt into a touchdown. Chris Clemons blocked one against the Bills in Week 10 last year and Lex Hilliard recovered for the touchdown.
Vernon added a block of Nick Folk's 35-yard field goal attempt just before halftime.
Somebody give Rizzi a contract extension -- fast!
Or at least a regular press conference day, the way Westhoff has done it for years.
Thing 2: Losing Ryan Tannehill to a combined left knee/quad injury was a scary sight for the Dolphins, but now do you see why they haven't traded Matt Moore?
The 2011 team MVP came in with Dolphins up just 3-0 halfway through the first quarter. Moore was a little rusty at the start, but he quickly put things together and showed why the idea of moving him for a draft pick before Tuesday's deadline was so foolish.
Why worry about next year when it's this team that suddenly looks like it can make a real playoff run?
Thing 3: At one point the Jets had run 21 offensive plays and gained a total of 26 yards. Boos rained down on the Jets offense, which showed a little life late in the first half (but still produced no points).
Maybe Mark Sanchez was still mourning his breakup with Eva Longoria?
At this rate, Tony Sparano will be calling plays at UConn next season, standing next to old friend Paul Pasqualoni on the Huskies sideline.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times