The Stat Line Of The Night – 10/12/09 – Miami Wildcat
Total Pro Sports – The New York Jets came into last night’s game against the Miami Dolphins with one of the league’s top ranked run defenses. The last time Jets’ coach Rex Ryan saw the Wildcat formation from the Dolphins, he was with the Baltimore Ravens as a defensive coordinator and was able to devise a scheme to shut them down. With the likes of Kris Jenkins, Kerry Rhodes and Bart Scott patrolling a stout New York defense, many thought he could do it again, but that was not the case on Monday night.
Miami used the Wildcat and a powerful ground attack to help control the flow of the game, and even when a touchdown was needed in the dying minutes to seal the victory, they stuck with it and got in the end zone on route to a 31-27 victory. We could have given this stat line to Ronnie Brown, who scored two touchdowns on the night to go along with 74 rushing yards and 14 receiving yards. We could have went with Ricky Williams, whose 138 total yards was good enough to lead all Dolphins players. We could awarded the Miami offensive line, who dominated the line of scrimmage for the entire game, giving their backs plenty of running room and keeping quarterback Chad Henne upright the entire game. So to make things easier, we decided to do with the Wildcat offense (the backs, o-line, receivers, etc.) as “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Monday, October 12th, 2009.
The win was a crucial one for the Dolphins, who now find themselves right back in the hunt for top spot in the AFC East. After beginning the season 0-3, they have strung together back-to-back victories against the Bills and Jets, leaving them only a game behind their opponents from last night, as well as the New England Patriots. Many believed the Dolphins success last season was the result of an easy schedule and another visit to the post-season was unlikely in 2009. After last night’s performance, they may have their doubters thinking twice.