East Rutherford, N.J. For a team in turmoil, this was one therapeutic win.
It certainly wasn’t pretty or convincing. But it did the job for Rex Ryan and his feuding New York Jets.
Darrelle Revis ran back the first of his two interceptions 100 yards for a touchdown and the Jets did just enough to beat the winless Miami Dolphins, 24-6, on Monday night and end a three-game losing streak.
Mark Sanchez threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes and ran for another score as the Jets — who called this a “must-win” game — capped a tough week by pulling out a victory and sending the Dolphins to their fifth straight loss.
With the losses mounting and the season already on the brink of spinning out of control for the Jets (3-3), they traded wide receiver Derrick Mason to Houston and then had to deal with some infighting as Holmes called out the offensive line for not giving Sanchez enough time to throw deep. Right guard Brandon Moore fired back, saying those comments could have a “fragmenting effect” and were not what a captain, which Holmes is, should do.
Ryan even sent Holmes and Moore out as the captains for the pregame coin toss.
Turns out, this game against the Dolphins (0-5) came at just the right time as the Jets got their season back on track. Next up for New York: the San Diego Chargers (4-1) on Sunday, with a chance to head into the bye on a high note.