Gang Green came into Sunday's game owning a three game losing streak. The streak was their longest of the season, as the skid pushed them out of the last spot of the AFC Wild Card. New York was able to pull out a win in hopes of starting a rally to reclaim its playoff-bound position.
The Green and White came out of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders with a 37-27 win.
"It was all around a team effort," recalled Willie Colon, the right guard for New York. "It was just important because we're coming off a three-game losing streak. We're trying to save the season right now. We came out fast and started strong like we wanted to. We pushed the tempo like we wanted to."
Sunday's win was the result of the great encouragement from the past week's practices. Colon said that head coach, Rex Ryan, was very encouraged by the team's hard work as it was worth building off of for the remainder of the season. "We (have) to practice harder," said Colon in response to the great week leading up to the win. "We (have) to execute harder. We're out of lifelines. We have to execute and we have to get it done. Today was the first step."
Execution was the theme of the day for Gang Green as they executed offensively for the first time in the last six weeks. For Geno Smith, he threw his first touchdown since the Week 7 win over the Patriots, ending his six-game drought. Overcoming his mid-season struggles, Smith received some praise from Colon, for the day's execution in an attempt to right the ship.
"I think Geno did a great job of showing up and leaving everything in the past. I think he showed up running the huddle," said Colon. "He trusted his instincts and he made big plays. That's what we need from him."
The all-around win at home gave Jets Nation a great boost of confidence moving forward in the hunt for a postseason berth. Colon and the Jets hope that this win will turn things around, while showing the fans that they mean so much to the team.
"Jets Nation has been behind us and going strong. We owed them a solid win at home."