Jets Fall to 0-1

The Jets just did not have enough to handle a second-year quarterback, and a hostile crowd on the road. <p>

Patrick Ramsey came out on fire in the first half completing 12 of 13 passes for 156 yards, 1 touchdown, and a quarterback rating of 142.3.

Then late in the fourth period, when his team's offense looked all but dead, he showed up the biggest.

With the score tied at 13, and two minutes left in the game, Ramsey escaped a Jets pass rush and put Washington in great position for the go-ahead score.

Mo Lewis seemed to be in pursuit of Ramsey but slipped on the play, allowing Ramsey to get downfield for a 24 yard run.

"We came through when we had to and that is what is important," said Ramsey. "We turned it on and were able to get down there at the end and John made a field goal to win the game.

"I was looking for someone to throw it to, and fortunately enough it opened up for me. There was nobody to throw it to so I had to (run). I was just thinking to get the ball down there, into field goal range."

The run by Ramsey allowed Washington to get into field goal range. Then John Hall connected on a 33-yard field goal giving the Redskins the game, 16-13.

The Jets were their own worst enemies in this game. They had numerous opportunities late in the contest.

Most notably was a third and one play, on the New York 31 yard-line with the score tied at 13, and 2:37 left.

Testaverde sensing the blitz was coming, panicked and a miscommunication occurred about the direction of a handoff to Lamont Jordan. This confusion resulted in a four-yard loss.

The Jets were forced to punt, this gave Washington the ball, and their game winning drive.

Herman Edwards saw that the Jets had a solid opportunity to win the game on that drive.

"We needed two or three first downs, and then we were in field goal range," said Edwards. "Then maybe we win it with a field goal."

Although he panicked, late in the game, Testaverde played decent for a quarterback who had virtually no time to prepare in game situations during the preseason.

For the game, Testaverde was an efficient 15 for 24, throwing for 105 yards, and compiling a quarterback rating of 72.4.

"For me it only gets better because I have more reps under my belt," said Testaverde.

The Jets defense looked shaky in the first half surrendering an alarming 203 yards of total offense to Washington.

New York rebounded in the second half only allowing 3 points; the ones that were eventually the deciding factor in the game.

"For the most part we kept competing," said Edwards. "I thought our coaches did a good job of adjusting in the second half. We really got to the quarterback."


On their first drive, the Redskins marched down the field, using a great mix of the short pass and run.

Ramsey was able to hook up with his favorite new target, Laveranues Coles on a 25-yard strike.

A sack by Shaun Ellis on a third and nine, forced the Redskins to attempt a 50-yard field goal, which John Hall split through the uprights, giving the Redskins the early 3-0 lead.

New York came back with a 14-play, 72-yard touchdown drive, which ate up 6:57. Testaverde looked sharp on the drive, as the Jets spread the field using Anthony Becht as a wide receiver.

Lamont Jordan capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown dive, running behind Kevin Mawae.

Once again the Redskins had the magic potion for Jets zone defense. Ramsey led the Skins on a14-play 74-yard touchdown drive.

Washington kept New York off balance with the combination of Ladell Betts, and Trung Canidate on the ground.

Ramsey was able to pick the Jets defense apart, throwing for 44 yards on the drive. Ramsey hit Darnerian McCants on a four-yard touchdown pass; the ball was thrown high and between two defenders, but McCants made the grab, giving Washington a 10-7 lead.

New York's offense was out of sync on their next possession and was forced to punt.

Led by Ramsey and Coles, the Redskins drove 84 yards on eight plays. Ramsey found Coles twice for 70 yards.

Washington had to settle for a 22-yard field goal, making the score 13-7.

After an interception by Donnie Abraham, New York took over at Washington's 26-yard line with 10:39 left in the third quarter.

Testaverde was able to lead the Jets on one first down, but after a failed third down pass to Chrebet, the Jets had to settle for a Doug Brien 30-yard field goal. The field goal made the score 13-10 Washington.

Lucky to be in it:

The Jets should consider themselves lucky they were in contention up until the fourth quarter.

Washington out gained New York in total yards 327 to 158. Washington rushed for 160 yards, on 34 attempts, for a 4.7 average. New York rushed for only 57 yards on 22 carries, for 2.6 average.

The Redskins passed for 167 yards, the Jets passed for 101.

Washington had 17 first downs, New York had 11.

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