EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - In what has been a reoccuring theme this season the Jets once again dug themselves in a first half hole, but once again they were able to pour it on their opponents in the second half to coast to victory.
It felt like the Jets should've been up by 30 in the first half but thanks to three turnovers they found themselves trailing 13-10 before raining down 17 third quarter points, and tacking on seven more in the fourth, to pull off a 34-20 win and improve to 4-1.
After Washngton started the game out by going three-and-out the Jets started off by making their first egregious error when Eric Decker caught an 11 yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick before immediately fumbling the ball away. Washington then marched right down the field, going 37 yards in seven plays, and capped off the drive with a two yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon. In a sight no one is used to seeing Garçon beat Darrelle Revis, getting Revis to bite on a hard jab-step to the outside before cutting back in for an easy touchdown.
The Jets weren't done making mistakes on offense but their defense was done letting Kirk Cousins beat them as they forced two interceptions, one by Revis that swung the momentum pendulum all the way to the Jets, held Washington to only 225 yards of total offense (34 rushing yards and 191 passing) on 62 plays (3.6 yards per play) and only gave up two field goals the rest of the way. Washington was able to tack on a fourth quarter touchdown but it was on a blocked punt in the end zone after the game was well out of reach.
"He stripped me," Marshall said simply. "... I guess I got to get in the weight room. I'm disappointed in myself, I pride myself on strength and that wasn't very strong."
On the very next drive Fitzpatrick took a shot deep down the sidelines to Marshall but Breeland was able to make an outstanding play to come away with the interception. Breeland got all three turnovers for Washington and in turn was responsible for all of Washngton's first half points as the touchdown and two field goals all followed Jets turnovers that he caused.
"Obviously we were real happy with our performance in the second half but again the thing that I love about our team is, when it's not the way we want it guys aren't satisfied. We're not satisfied," Marshall said. "We made a lot of mistakes, especially on the offensive side, and we got to get better."
Going into halftime the Jets outgained Washington 220 yards to 144 and forced Washington to punt four times but they still found themselves trailing 13-10 because of the three turnovers. In the second half the Jets flipped the script, intercepting Cousins twice and outscoring Washington 24-7 in the second. The Jets opened the second half by kicking a 39 yard field goal to tie the game before Revis baited Cousins into an interception which the Jets offense immediately capitalized on one play later when Fitzpatrick ran for an 18 yard touchdown to give the Jets a lead they would never relinquish.
Fitzpatrick finished the game 19-26 for 253 yards, two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one interception. Almost half of those passing yards went to Marshall who had seven catches for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Decker kicked in four receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown and Chris Ivory caught three passes for 50 yards. But those receiving yards from Ivory was just the cherry on top of the icing of the cake as he backed up Marshall's claims of Ivory being the best running back in the league by running for 146 yards on 20 carries (for a whopping 7.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown.
"Ivory... Everyone, they laughed at me," Marshall said. "There was a couple of guys, I wish I could remember their names when they laughed at me when I said Ivory's the best and he is and he proved it again today. Eight-man box, nine-man box, they came out and said 'we don't care about the wide receivers, we're going to stop the run.' And Ivory again came out and put up over 140 yards. He's amazing and he's the best in the league."
The soft-spoken Ivory doesn't usually speak much but it was obvious that he's extremely appreciative of Marshall's praise.
"It's a great compliment from him, being the type of player he is, the type of caliber player he is," Ivory said. "Brandon is elite. It means a lot... Yeah, I feel like I'm one of them."
With performances like he turned in today, and really all season outside of the game against the Eagles, not too many people will bother debating Marshall and Ivory on that.
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Buster Skrine left the game with a head injury and Dexter McDougle came in to play the slot in Skrine's absence and McDougle made several plays including a big stop on fourth down at the goal line. McDougle got his first regular season action at corner of his NFL career and further proved just how ridiculously deep the Jets are at corner.
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