Both the Giants and Jets played their division rivals for the second straight week. Big Blue showed why they are the defending Super Bowl champions by winning a stunner in Dallas. Meanwhile, Gang Green looked like they needed CPR to get going against the Dolphins at home.
The Giants led 23-0 just two minutes into the second quarter when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. That was the third interception thrown by Tony Romo, among six turnovers by Dallas throughout the day. The NFC East-leading New York Giants didn’t score again until kicker Lawrence Tynes smacked a 43-yard field goal with 10:20 left for a 26-24 lead. He added a 37-yarder after Stevie Brown recovered a fumble. Dallas celebrated what seemed to be a 37-yard touchdown catch by Dez Bryant with 10 seconds left. But the play was reviewed, showing that Bryant’s hand touched out of bounds first and the touchdown was over turned. With the win, Giants beat another division rival and sit comfortably on top of the NFC East at 6-2
After a week of trash talking between both sides, the argument was won on the field by the Dolphins, and it was no contest. They were helped by some hideous play by the Jets, who have lost two in a row. Backup Miami QB Matt Moore stepped in for an injured Ryan Tannehill, and the Dolphins didn’t miss a beat Sunday, rolling past the New York Jets 30-9 for their third consecutive victory.
Moore threw a touchdown pass to WR Anthony Fasano, Olivier Vernon recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown and blocked a field goal, and the Dolphins smothered Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense. Tannehil injured his left knee and quadriceps muscle on a third-down sack by Calvin Pace on the Dolphins’ second possession of the game. Moore finished 11-of-19 passing for 131 yards. Jets quarterback Sanchez was 28 of 54 for 283 yards and one touchdown with one interception. The loss puts the Jets two games below .500 at 3-5.