Bill Parcells might want to consider playing in Giants Stadium all season as he improved his record in the Meadowlands to 2-0 with a 17-6 victory over the New York Jets. The Jets record drops to 0-4 as they have not started that poorly since 1996 when they finished 1-15.
Quarterback Vinny Testaverde once again put up impressive numbers in completing 21 of 29 passes for 219 yards. But it was not enough as the Jets could not put together much of an offensive attack to beat their former coach.
"It's tough, real tough," said Testaverde. "Hopefully we will handle this like we did last year. We just have to take a step back and see what we can do now."
Running back Curtis Martin did not rush for the century mark for the fourth straight week as he was limited to 64 yards on 20 carries. The inability of Martin to produce has many critics wondering if his time has passed as an elite running back.
Martin also had a key fumble that was recovered by Dallas in the Cowboys end zone to kill a possible touchdown drive. It turned out to be a disastrous cough-up by the star runner as quarterback Quincy Carter would make good on the opportunity by tossing a 13-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Antonio Bryant. The touchdown pass gave Dallas a 14-3 lead at the half instead of trailing Gang Green 10-7. The play shocked head coach Herman Edwards as he can see his season slipping away.
"How many times does Curtis Martin fumble the football?" asked Edwards. "I can't even remember the last time that happened."
The Jets did not get anything going and their last hope was with less than 3 minutes to go in the game when they faced a 4th and 3 situation at the Cowboys 10-yard line. Gang Green was trailing 17-6 at that point and needed a quick score to keep their hopes alive. But they failed the attempt with Testaverde completing a 2-yard pass to wide receiver Wayne Crebet that turned the ball over on downs and ultimately put the dagger in New York's heart.
The defense was unable to stop the Cowboys running attack as they gave up a total of 202 yards on the ground. Gang Green came into the game with the 31st ranked rushing defense and Dallas took full advantage as running back Troy Hambrick rumbled his way to 127 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.
The Jets face an up-hill battle as they remain in last place by themselves with the loss. They are a team stuck in turmoil as they have not recovered well from losing several key players to free agency in the off-season and are without starting quarterback Chad Pennington due to injury.
"We have to do whatever we can to win a game," Edwards said as he tries to rally his team to a third consecutive playoff berth after embarrassingly poor starts.
Gang Green has a bye this upcoming week and will return to play the following week against the Buffalo Bills at home. The Bills dropped their record to 2-2 with a 23-13 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles. They host the Cincinnati Bengals next week as they will look to end a two-game skid to improve their record to 3-2.
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