EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Willie Colon and Calvin Pryor were inactive, Ryan Fitzpatrick played through torn ligaments in his thumb, Nick Mangold, Dion Bailey, Antonio Cromartie all left the game with injuries and Nick Folk strained his quad in pre-game warmups leaving Ryan Quigley to handle punting and kicking duties and despite all that the Jets were able to pull out the victory. It was an ugly game but with an injury list like that the Jets are just happy to get the win.
"A win is a win. It doesn't matter how it looks, how it feels to win. It's hard to get in this league." Brandon Marshall said. "We'll look at the film. We may not even look at the film because we have a short week. We're just going to get better."
The Jets defense went all Jekyll and Hyde on us today, they got back to their disruptive ways racking up six sacks, 14 hits on the quarterback and four turnovers (one went to the special teams on a fumble recovery on a muffed punt). Those stats were the good but the Hyde came out at times as they allowed 436 total yards (98 rushing on 19 carries for 5.2 yards a carry and 338 passing yards from Blake Bortles), two receivers to gain over 100 yards (122 yards on five catches and a touchdown from Allen Hurns and 121 yards on six catches from Allen Robinson) and gave up 23 points.
On top of all that the Jets defense gave up a two play 50 yard touchdown drive that took all of 12 seconds before halftime and later allowed the Jaguars to score a 72 yard touchdown drive that took three plays and 25 seconds.
"I think we put up a ton of yards, did a lot of good stuff, but it's the plays you missed out on that you think about at night," Bortles said. "The ones you didn't make, when you know you had a chance to make it and hopefully put up more points."
Compare all of that to the Jets 290 total yards and it sure seems like the Jets should count their blessings that they were able to score 28 points and win the game. Once again the Jets struggled to run the ball but that didn't stop them from trying as they ran the ball 28 times for only 29 yards. You can do the math yourself to figure out the per carry average on that. Zac Stacy ran the ball once for three yards, Fitzpatrick took off four times for zero yards and Chris Ivory was held to 26 yards on 23 carries but he was able to run for two touchdowns.
"We have to open holes better. He (Ivory) needs to see holes better," Todd Bowles said. "It's a combination of both. When people start to take away the run, the passing game opens up, so we make them pay that way."
The Jets took a 14-10 halftime lead thanks mostly to the fact that the Jaguars couldn't figure out a way to stop Eric Decker in the first half. Decker had six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown with five of those catches, 66 yards and the touchdown all coming in the first half. The Jets were able to scrape and claw their way to two second half touchdowns, one a one yard run by Ivory that was setup by a 44 yard pass to Jeff Cumberland of all people and the other following the muffed punt on a 20 yard pass to Brandon Marshall, to score just enough points to hold the Jaguars off.
The Jets defense was able to take advantage of Bortles tendency to hold onto the ball as they generated a ton of pressure, Calvin Pace got a strip sack and recovered the fumble and Lorenzo Mauldin had a solo sack and two half sacks and Marcus Williams, who also left the game due to injury but was able to return, played a lot of safety and some cornerback as he filled in for Cromartie and came away with two interception including the game-sealing pick.
"It was good to see them (Mauldin and Williams) come in and make some plays. The plays are just a part of it," Bowles said. "We have to see how they played completely during the game."
It was a weird game and there were certainly some alarming concerns but all that matters is the Jets were able to get the win and now they have to immediately shift their focus to getting healthy and getting ready to face Rex Ryan and the 4-4 Buffalo Bills on short rest this Thursday night.
"The guys have to take care of their bodies and get treatment," Bowles said. "Make sure they stretch. It's a mental toughness thing, a battle of attrition. Buffalo played on the same day we played. They have to travel and we don't. We have the same amount of practice time. We just have to get ready mentally."
INJURY NEWS AND UPDATES:
Mangold said he didn't re-injury his neck, "it just didn't respond well... (My neck) just didn't do what I wanted it to do today." With the short turn around it would seem like Mangold would very much be doubtful but he said he can't be pessimistic, "No, (I) can't live that way. I'm very optimistic to get in there and get back to work and hopefully things go better."
Bowles said he's hopefully that Colon will be ready for Thursday and he will know by tomorrow if they need to find a kicker to fill in for Folk.
Bailey suffered an ankle injury and will get X-rays tomorrow.
Cromartie had a left thigh injury but even before the injury he was getting roasted again and you have to think Bowles and the coaching staff are starting to think about sitting him down whether healthy or not.
Fitzpatrick said his thumb wasn't a huge factor and felt comfortable throughout the game but his non-confirmation of a report about him considering getting surgery on Friday, the day after the Bills game, sure made it seem like that's a very real possibility. Fiztpatrick was caught off-guard when asked about the report and with a befuddled voice said "there's a report on that?" Before admitting that's an option they are considering as he will definitely need surgery at some point.
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