Three Reasons Why The Jets Won

The New York Jets head into their Turkey Day game against the Bengals 8-2, fresh off a third straight comeback win. All three opponents had losing records.

1. Jets Special Teams: Starting with the play where they stuffed Jacoby Jones at the Houston 19 yard line on the opening kickoff return, the Jets special team's play was solid all day long. Steve Weatherford's punts were also particularly solid all game long, averaging 47.5 yards per effort. Nick Folk proved that last Sunday was an aberration. Folk hit for three of four field goals on the day, with the lone miss coming on an attempt from 53 yards – and he was maybe a foot short of squeaking that one in too. Plus, you have to like Jim Leonhard's 30 yard punt return in the first quarter.

2. The Sanchez-Holmes/Edwards Connection: Despite not getting the best protection, Mark Sanchez completed 22/38 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns and an interception on Sunday. Today 212 of his passing yards went to Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. On their first scoring drive that resulted in a touchdown, Sanchez targeted Edwards and Holmes on slants then eventually found Edwards open in the end zone. With Jerricho Cotchery out, Sanchez frequently targeting these two for gains. A slant pattern touchdown to Holmes got the Jets on the board again in the middle of the third quarter. With less than a minute left in the game, Sanchez then did the unthinkable and led the Jets down the field from the Jets own 28 yard line for a game winning touchdown drive. The drive took just five plays to go the 72 yards and was capped off by a Holmes over the shoulder catch with 15 seconds left in the game.

Andre Johnson and Arian Foster Kept in Check: While Arian Foster had a solid first half, he was held relatively quiet much of the rest of the game, adding just 31 rushing yards in the final two quarters. Andre Johnson was invisible until late in the game as he finished with only four catches for 32 yards. No matter the player, the Jets seem capable of shutting down All-Pro receivers week after week (but in the fourth quarter on Sunday, they couldn't stop anyone). We'll see if Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens provide any bulletin board material in the coming days or if the mouthy duo will quietly stay put and respect the Jets defense.


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