Cheers & Jeers: The Texas Two-Step

The New York Jets, for a third straight week, almost went home losers but showed backbone and resolve in their 30-27 comeback win over Houston.


Santonio Holmes victimized the Texans lowly secondary, lighting them up for 126 yards on seven receptions and two dazzling touchdowns. Houston had no answer for Gang Green's speedster as Holmes averaged 18 yards per reception, maneuvering his way for extra yardage, moving the chains and confounding the Texans' defense. The Jets held a 16 point fourth quarter lead, only to have Houston score 20 unanswered points and take a 27-23 advantage with 55 seconds remaining in the game. Mark Sanchez, for the third consecutive game, spearheaded late game heroics for Gang Green. Sanchez, the comeback kid, slung a laser to Braylon Edwards inside of 30 seconds along the right sideline for a 42 yard pass that went down to Houston's six-yard line. On the following play, Santonio Holmes ran a fade route to the left corner of the end zone, with Mark Sanchez lofting the ball perfectly to Holmes, who alertly kept both feet in bounds. The Jets clinched a third straight dramatic victory courtesy of the former Super bowl MVP's clutch touchdown grab and Mark Sanchez magnificent resiliency.


On second and five with 12:21 remaining in the game, and the Jets looking to extend their 23-10 lead, the Texans stacked the line of scrimmage, flooding the Jets backfield and forcing the ball out of running back Shonn Greene's grasp. Mark Sanchez neglected to audible to a passing play, as the Texans defense crowded the line of scrimmage anticipating a run. Tailback Shonn Greene was stripped by Texans linebacker (and Bergen Catholic product) Brian Cushing with Houston's Kyle Bentley recovering the ball at the Jets' 43-yard line. The Texans would score on the first play of the ensuing drive, with Matt Schaub floating the ball to his wide open tight end Joel Dressen who strutted down the sideline for a long touchdown. The Jets relinquished the momentum and eventually the lead, but were able to conjure up some late game magic to stun the Texans.


Since the bye week, the Jets have waived goodbye to their offense early in the game. The Jets haven't score a touchdown in the first quarter of their last five games.


"The odds were against us," noted Jets offensive lineman D'Brickashaw Ferguson. "And the Texans had the momentum. We were able to step up. Mark did an excellent job of finding people open.The line tried to give him as much time as we could. All and all everybody on the whole offense came together. Everybody did their job and we were able to win the game."


In the second quarter, facing a third and five from their own 37-yard line, Jets wide out Brad Smith pulverized Texans cornerback Jason Allen in the open field paving the way for Santonio Holmes' 26 yard scamper. Five plays later, Sanchez zipped a pass to Braylon Edwards for a somersaulting four yard touchdown grab, giving the Jets a 10-3 advantage.


New York pulled out a third straight incredible win, as Rex's cardiac kids lived up to their reputation. After dominating the first three quarters of play, the Jets committed untimely penalties, turnovers and mental errors, allowing the Texans to score 17 consecutive points and capture a one point lead with less than a minute remaining in the contest. "We played bad enough to let them win," said safety Jim Leonhard. Remarkably , Mark Sanchez led a third straight game-winning drive as the Jets did a Texas-two step on the Texans for a remarkable 30-27 comeback victory.

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