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The New York Jets squeaked by the Dallas Cowboys 19-16

The Jets played bad football but not bad enough to lose to the Cowboys

ARLINGTON, TX - For 60 minutes the Jets played mostly putrid football but despite their own inefficiencies they were still able to beat a team quarterbacked by Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore

The Jets caused four interceptions (three from Moore and one from Cassel) and held the Cowboys to only 309 yards of total offense but still found themselves trailing for the majority of the game. The Jets struggled to get anything going offensively, they had no running game (73 yards on 26 carries, 2.8 yards per carry) and a very inconsistent and erratic passing attack. Ryan Fitzpatrick went 26-39 throwing for 299 yards, a touchdown and an interception but he was never able to settle into a comfortable rhythm. 

Between errant passes, multiple injuries, penalties and missed kicks it's almost impressive that a team could overcome such sloppy play to get the win until you remember Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore were quarterbacking the other team. With Cassel under center the Cowboys were able to jump out to an early 3-0 lead on the first drive, mostly due to a 33 yard gain on a reverse, but he was quickly pulled after making one terrible throw after another. Moore came in and added three more picks but was actually able to mix in a couple of decent-to-good passes, just enough to give the Cowboys the lead in the fourth quarter and just enough again to tie the game at the two-minute warning.

After struggling all night Fitzpatrick was able to make the one throw he needed to make as the Cowboys were playing a cover-two zone and their defensive back inexplicably gave Kenbrell Thompkins a free outside vertical release. Thompkins ran right past the defender and Fitzpatrick found him wide-open running down the sidelines for a 43 yard gain to put the Jets in field goal range. After missing an extra point and a field goal earlier in the game Randy Bullock was able to put this one right through the uprights and give the Jets a 19-16 lead.

Darrelle RevisMarcus GilchristCalvin Pryor all had big interceptions and Marcus Williams clinched the game with his interception. The Cowboys weren't able to get much going in the passing game, again Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore were their quarterbacks, but they were able to hang around because of the Jets own offensive struggles and the 133 rushing yards they were able to put on the Jets.

Neither Brandon Marshall or Eric Decker were able to crack the 100 yard mark tonight, and both had to leave the game to head into the locker room briefly with injury scares, but Fitzpatrick was able to spread the yardage around a bit more than usual. Marshall caught four passes for 74 yards, Decker had six for 55 and a touchdown, Thompkins had two for 50, Quincy Enunwa had four for 49 yards and Bilal Powell had seven for 54 and also ran for 25 yards and a touchdown on six carries.

The Jets played some truly horrific football but all that matters is they got the win, their fourth in a row, and improve to 9-5 with two games to go. Playoffs or no playoffs the Jets got their first winning season since 2010.

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Chris Nimbley is the Editor-in-Chief of JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@cnimbley), or via email (cnimbley@gmail.com)


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