When Shonn Greene passed the goal line to put the Jets up 7-3 little did they know it would end up being the decisive score in the game. New York was able tack on a 44 yard field goal by Nick Folk and a four yard touchdown run by Bilal Powell to help lockdown their 17-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Greene's touchdown was important for this offense because it gave them a kick start. Touchdowns have been scarce the past two weeks for the struggling Jets offense. After not scoring the whole first half the offense put together a nine play 57 yard drive that took nearly five minutes off the game clock.
Sanchez was able to rely on Greene and Powell, which lessened the burden on his shoulders. Rex Ryan did not make a decision until Thursday on who his starting quarterback would be after Greg McElroy led the Jets to victory over the Arizona Cardinals the previous week. Sanchez played a safe game completing 12 of his 19 passes for 119 yards. But, his key stat was not throwing an interception. The Jets used the rushing attack effectively and it led to two touchdowns for Gang Green.
All season long New York has been bitten by the fumble bug. This week the Jets could not hold onto the ball in the first half and were lucky to still be in the game at halftime. The Jaguars first points were a direct result of another Sanchez turnover turnover. The Jets' gunslinger dropped back in the pocket and was hit hard from behind by Jaguars' newly acquired defensive end Jason Babin and the ball squired out. The Jaguars marched into the Jets' territory and eventually Josh Scobee converted a field goal to give Jacksonville the early lead.
The fumble problems continued later on in the half when Sanchez hit wide receiver Jeremy Kerley on a quick pass. Kerley tried to fight for extra yards and eventually fumbled when he reached out for the first down. Former Jet Dwight Lowery fell on the fumble to give the Jaguars possession.
"Obviously it's to win games in the National Football League Head Coach Rex Ryan said following Sunday's win. "We knew we were going to get their best shot and we definitely got it. I like the will of our football team. It wasn't going great in the first half, we stayed the course, started protecting the football better, and I thought our offensive line really took the game over, as well as our defense in the third quarter."
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The Jets had another scary ending, but kept their composure to hold on for the victory. After the Jets succeeded on a 37 yard completion from Sanchez to Cumberland, they were unable to run the clock out and gave the Jaguars new life. The Jets continued to get a healthy amount of pressure on Chad Henne which forced him to make some questionable throws. The Jaguars made the game interesting during their last drive as Henne marched his troops into Jets' territory. Henne completed a 27 yard pass to Jordan Shipley on fourth and 15 to keep the drive alive.
The Jets secured their victory when Ellis Lankster intercepted a pass intended for Kevin Elliot. Over the course of the past two weeks the Jets have been able to keep games close and ultimately start a two-game winning streak. Strong defensive pressures and tight pass coverage have propelled the Jets to back-to-back victories.
Sunday's game against Jacksonville harkened back to Sanchez's first two seasons in Green and White when the Jets' rushing attack was one of the best in the league and the defense inspired fear in its opponents. The Jets offense was complimented by the two headed attack of Greene and Powell. Green ran the ball 20 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. Powell added 78 yards on 19 carries and had a touchdown. LaRon Landry and David Harris both were tackling machines on Sunday. Each tallied 10 tackles, while Harris added a sack. The Jets pressured Henne the whole game and had three sacks on the day.
New York's next opponents, the Tennessee Titans, have been struggling and are currently on a three-game losing streak. The Indanapolis Colts erased a 13-point lead to defeat the Titans on Sunday. Quarterback Jake Locker has been injured for the majority of the season, but has returned under center for the Titans. The Jets will have to play lockdown coverage on Kenny Britt who had eight catches for 143 yards against the Colts. The Titans' main weapon on offense is running back Chris Johnson who is inching closer to the thousand yard plateau on the season. The Jets will have to improve their rush defense because Montell Owens had 14 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Gang Green has some injuries to deal with as Stephen Hill left the game with an apparent knee injury. Cromartie left the game, but returned late in the fourth quarter to make a key pass deflection. The Jets hope to keep their winning ways when they travel to The Volunteer State on Sunday.