Denver entered Sunday's contest with New York as the number two ranked passing offense in the NFL, averaging 333 passing yards per game. The Jets pass defense, (24th in the NFL) held Kyle Orton and the Bronco's prolific passing attack to its worst performance of the season. Orton's frustration was apparent in the third quarter on a 2nd and 7 play from the Denver 23. Eddie Royal all but secured a short pass from Orton, when cornerback Darrelle Revis delivered a crushing blow, sending Royal flailing through the air, forcing the ball out of his grasp and fluttering incomplete. Orton completed a dismal 14 of 34 passes for 209 yards with one touchdown and a critical lost fumble on the Bronco's last possession of the game. New York denied Orton a chance for his fifth straight passing game of over 300 yards.
The Jets allowed the NFL's worst rushing attack to outgain them 145-129 in rushing yardage. The Bronco's achieved season highs in every significant rushing statistic including: rushing attempts (37), yards per carry (3.9), total rushing yards (145) and runs over ten yards (4). The Jets were unable to corral backup quarterback Tim Tebow as he rumbled for a five-yard touchdown run, knotting the game at 7-7, in the second quarter. The Broncos had eight different players carry the ball on the ground, which also marked a season high. It was a bad run-defense game for Gang Green.
"This is a great win for us, to be 5-1, we never had our best game. We turned the ball over a bunch, they ran the ball more effectively than we would have liked. But at the end of the day, it's a Jets victory and we'll take it, 5-1 heading into out bye week." – Jets head coach Rex Ryan
Mark Sanchez enjoyed 184 straight passing attempts without an interception, which was the longest active streak in the NFL. The Jets were seeking their fourth straight game in which they did not turn the ball over, which would be a new NFL record. It all ended when with 9:58 remaining in the first quarter, Sanchez targeted Jerricho Cotchery on a crossing pattern, but linebacker Jason Hunter jumped the route for a timely interception. The Jets had a +11 turnover differential prior to Sunday's contest against Denver, but Sanchez tossed two interceptions while wide out Santonio Holmes fumbled deep in Bronco's territory, as New York was a -1 in the turnover battle on the day.
EXTRA STAT: Nick Folk's 56 yard field goal set a Jets' record for the longest field goal in the franchise's history. Folk's boot surpasses Jay Feely's 55 yarder back in 2008, which came during the Jets week 12, 13-3 loss to Seattle.
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About halfway through the first quarter, third and one from the Jets 7-yard line, David Harris busted through Denver's offensive line, slamming running back Correll Buckhalter to the turf for a three yard loss. The ensuing field goal attempt was aborted, as center Lonnie Paxon snapped a skipping ball to holder Britt Colquit, who fumbled the handle into the Broncos backfield. Denver had a enormous opportunity to gain early momentum but failed to capitalize on Sanchez' first interception of the season, coming up empty on their red zone trip.
FINAL THOUGHT: On a day when the Jets uncharacteristically turned the ball over three times and were largely ineffective on the ground, they overcame sloppy play and unfavorable officiating to top Denver 24-20. Outgained in the air and shockingly on the ground, the Jets still improved improve to a record of 5-1 and enter their bye week riding a five game winning streak. New York has enjoyed emotional wins in consecutive games, sealing victories against Minnesota and Denver, forcing turnovers on their opponents last possession of each game. The Jets will return home on Halloween to face Green Bay, looking to put a scare into the Packers.