By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — Wide receiver Braylon Edwards began the week blowing into a breathalizer and finished it by blowing past Miami defenders in the Jets 31-23 win over the Dolphins on Sunday night.
Edwards was benched by head coach Rex Ryan in the first quarter of the game after his DWI arrest in Chelsea on Tuesday. Edwards, who came on in the second quarter, caught a 67-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and made a key third down grab the Jets final scoring drive late in the fourth quarter.
"Braylon wanted to come up big for us," running back LaDainian Tomlinson told the Daily News. "And he did."
The former Pro Bowl receiver was busted Tuesday morning after police pulled him over at 34th Street and 12th Avenue. He reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .16 after taking a breathalyzer test — twice the legal limit.
"I really am glad that I have teammates and an organization like the Jets," Edwards told the Associated Press. "They’ve been very supportive, been there for me and they’ve allowed me to have a better week than maybe somewhere else.”
The Jets jumped out to a fast 14-0 lead thanks to another strong performance from quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sanchez threw three touchdown passes on the night, including two in the first quarter to tight end Dustin Keller.
Sanchez, who three touchdown passes against New England last week, has now thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions over the last two games.
Running back LaDainlian Tomlinson continued his career resurgence with 79 yards on the ground for New York. Tomlinson scored on a 1-yard run with 1:55 left in the game to seal the win.
While the Jets offense was humming their defense struggled.
With star cornerback Darrelle Revis in street clothes, the Jets defense was torched for 363 yards in the air and two touchdowns by Miami quarterback Chad Henne. Henne repeatedly found wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who finished the night with 10 catches for 166 yards and a score.
Henne quickly drove the Dolphins after the Tomlinson touchdown, but cornerback Drew Coleman intercepted the Miami quarterback in the end zone to end the threat.
The Jets improved to 2-1 on the year to move into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East with the Dolphins and Patriots.