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New York Jets rout Miami Dolphins by stifling their offense


Curtis Martin and LaMont Jordan each ran for 115 yards and a score to help the New York Jets rout the hapless Miami Dolphins 41-14 on Monday night.

The Jets (6-1) scored 34 unanswered points, stifling the ineffective Dolphins offense and embarrassing the proud Miami defense, which entered the game ranked fourth in the NFL.

Chad Pennington threw three touchdown passes and went 11-of-19 for 189 yards before being lifted for Quincy Carter in the fourth quarter. The Jets finished with 472 yards of total offense.

The defense harassed Jay Fiedler the entire game, sacking the Dolphins quarterback four times and picking him off twice. Miami got a meaningless score as the game ended, when Fiedler threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Derrius Thompson. Fiedler finished 20-of-41 for 218 yards.

But the complete humiliation of the Miami defense was perhaps the most confounding part of the game.

Pennington connected on one big passing play after another on the vaunted Miami secondary, repeatedly taking advantage of cornerbacks Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain. Coming into the game, no Jets wide receiver had a touchdown reception this season.

But that quickly changed. After Donald Lee fumbled a reception when Eric Barton hit him, Reggie Tongue recovered at the Jets 48. Pennington needed three plays to convert the turnover into points, throwing a 35-yard touchdown pass to Wayne Chrebet to make it 7-0 in the first quarter. It was Chrebet's first touchdown since the third week of last season.

After Randy McMichael caught a 21-yard scoring pass from Fiedler to cap a 91-yard drive and tie the game at 7 in the second, the Jets took over.

Pennington answered with a 27-yard scoring pass to Justin McCareins.

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