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Beck's five turnovers doom winless Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) -- A few thousand spectators remained when the Miami Dolphins called timeout with 10 seconds left, triggering the most emphatic boos of a miserable afternoon.

For Miami fans, this is not a season to be prolonged.

Sunday's game was touted as the Dolphins' best remaining chance to avoid the first 0-16 season in NFL history. Instead, they sustained their most lopsided defeat of the year. Rookie quarterback John Beck threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles, and Miami fell to 0-12 by falling to the New York Jets 40-13.

The 2007 Dolphins became just the seventh team in NFL history to open a season 0-12. A look at how the other six teams finished:

Team

Finish

2007 Dolphins

???

2001 Lions

2-14

1986 Colts

3-13

1980 Saints

1-15

1977 Buccaneers

2-14

1976 Buccaneers

0-14

1962 Raiders

1-13

"It doesn't seem real to me," Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor said. "We're 0-12. It doesn't get much lower."

It could. The loss represented a big step -- or stumble -- toward a winless season.

"It definitely crosses your mind," nose tackle Keith Traylor said. "You see what's going on out there."

Despite the Dolphins' woeful record, they were favored by 1 1/2 points. Miami extended a franchise-record losing streak to 15 games, and Cam Cameron remained winless as an NFL coach.

Beck's turnovers were the biggest problem. They led to a touchdown and three field goals for the Jets.

"One of my strengths is taking care of the football, and today the football didn't get taken care of," Beck said.

In three starts, he has yet to direct the offense to a touchdown.

The Jets wore navy and gold throwback Titans uniforms and looked like a new team, winning in a rout for the first time this season.

"If you look at our record, every win is a big deal," linebacker Victor Hobson said.

The Jets improved to 3-9 -- with two of those victories over Miami.

"They [stink] too," Taylor said. "They beat us. They'll go home happy, and their fans will be happy that they got three wins this year. Good for them."

The Dolphins took a brief 13-10 lead in the second quarter on Michael Lehan's 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown, but they didn't score again. In the third quarter, Beck fumbled three times in a stretch of five Miami plays. The Jets recovered twice, leading to 10 points.

A third consecutive Dolphins series ended in a turnover when Beck was intercepted by Drew Coleman, setting up Mike Nugent's fourth field goal for a 33-13 Jets lead.

"They do some good things getting after the quarterback," Cameron said. "John learned obviously some tough lessons today."

Darrelle Revis and Kerry Rhodes also had interceptions for the Jets, who came into the game with only nine all season.

Early in the game, Cameron's play-calling was so conservative that the crowd let out a mock roar when Beck finally threw a pass downfield, even though it fell incomplete. Despite the cautious approach, Miami's offense self-destructed while totaling only 187 yards.

Beck finished 23-for-39 for 177 yards. The interceptions were his first this season.

"I think he got a little gun-shy after he threw a couple of picks," Rhodes said. "He kept holding the ball."

The Jets mounted four scoring drives of more than 50 yards, and running back Leon Washington hurt the Dolphins twice on trick plays. Quarterback Kellen Clemens came out of the game on first down at the Miami 18, and Washington took the shotgun snap and ran in untouched for the touchdown, capping an 84-yard drive after the opening kickoff.

Late in the third quarter, on third-and-13 at the Miami 19, Washington caught a shovel pass from Clemens and ran to the 1, setting up a touchdown for a 30-13 lead.

Washington also scored on a 12-yard run with 1:52 left. Thomas Jones scored on a 1-yard run, his first touchdown with the Jets.

"You're not going to win when you have five turnovers," Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter said. "That's just being realistic. Show me a team that can overcome that, and they'll probably win the championship."

The game was as lopsided as the rivalry has become. The Jets beat the Dolphins for the fourth time in a row and the 16th time in the past 20 meetings.

Game notes
Dolphins RB Jesse Chatman aggravated an ankle injury
and missed most of the second half. S Cameron Worrell hurt his knee
and will undergo an MRI on Monday. ... Jets WR Laveranues Coles,
who had been listed as questionable with an ankle injury, caught
five passes for 69 yards. ... The Jets' point total was their
highest since they beat Miami 41-14 in 2004.