Jets-Dolphins First Half Analysis

The Jets aren’t helping their slim playoff hopes and neither are the Ravens. The Jets, who need both a win over the Dolphins and a Ravens loss trail Miami 14-9 at the half.¬† The Ravens have carried a 24-7 lead over the Jaguars into¬†halftime.

As the Jets continue to fade late into the season, their 8-3 start feels like decades ago. In the much antincipated rematch between former Jet turned Dolphin quarterback Chad Pennington and Brett Favre, Favre has struggled mightily through the thick winds at the Meadowlands. Favre has completed just nine of 22 attempts for 125 yards, with 69 of those yards coming on the final drive against Miami’s zone coverage. Favre did throw a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Laveranues Coles, but he did throw two costly interceptions. His second pick was returned 25 yards by defensive end Philip Merling for a touchdown.

As the Jets’ passing game continues to struggle, the running game has disappeared. Aside from a 13-yard run by Leon Washington, the Jets have carried the ball just ten times for 23 yards. Thomas Jones, who will likely win the AFC rushing title, has just five carries for 11 yards.

Pennington has not lit up the Jets defense with his throwing arm, but he’s managed the game and has played smart football. It sounds cliche for Pennington, but it looms large when Favre is throwing interceptions for touchdowns. Pennington has completed 13 of 18 passes for 103 yards and one touchdown in his return to the Meadowlands.

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