"At this point of the season, we know we have to run the ball to be successful if we want a shot to get into the playoffs," guard Kerry Jenkins said.
It was cold and windy at the Meadowlands Sunday during the Jets 27-7 victory over the Chiefs. It was tough passing weather, but the Jets didn't need to do a lot of work in the air. Tailback Curtis Martin led the way, rushing for 113 yards. Martin can be a run blocker's best friend.
"[Curtis] makes up for a lot of your mistakes," said Jets guard J.P. Machado. "If you can get on a guy, even if it's not the right guy, he makes a lot of cuts, and makes a lot of yards off that. He makes you look good out there." And when Martin gets into the open field, he can make defensive backs look bad. On his 25-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, he finished off the run with a beautiful open field fake on Chiefs safety Greg Wesley.
"It's rare for a running back to be one-on-one in the open field," Martin said. "As soon as I get that, I smile." Quotes: "I still don't think we are up to our full potential," Curtis Martin on the Jets offense. "It's stiff right now, it's really stiff," Wayne Chrebet said about his injured shoulder. He was hurt in the second half against the Chiefs.
Report Card: PASS OFFENSE: B – Vinny Testaverde was 17 of 27, but had some drops. He and Wayne Chrebet (six catches) did a lot of good work together.
RUSH OFFENSE: A – Curtis Martin had his fifth 100 yard game of the year. He rushed for 113 yards against a Chiefs defense that was blown off the ball by the Jets offensive line.
RUSH DEFENSE: B – Priest Holmes did rush for 71 yards, but for the most part the Jets did a good job against him. Their run defense has improved the last three weeks.
PASS DEFENSE: A – The Jets intercepted Trent Green three times. He was befuddled by the Jets variety of coverages.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A – John Hall was two for two on field goals including a 51-yarder. The Jets successfully completed a pass for a first down on a fake punt.
COACHING: It was the Jets best coached game of the year. Coordinators Ted Cottrell and Paul Hackett were on top of their games
Player Notes: WR Wayne Chrebet hurt his shoulder diving for a catch in the second half. The shoulder isn't separated, but is very sore. The Jets will know more over the next few days. RB Curtis Martin is having the best season of his career. He had his fifth 100-yard game of the season. He leads the NFL in rushing.
WR Santana Moss was held out of the Jets win over the Chiefs. He was questionable for this game, but didn't practice much prior to the game. There is a good chance he will return next week against his hometown Dolphins. G Randy Thomas missed his second straight game with a high ankle sprain. There is a good chance he will return for the Jets game at Miami. His replacement J.P. Machado had a good game in the Jets win over the Chiefs. He is a very smart player who rarely makes mental mistakes.