Jones needs some help

On Sunday afternoon, Jets running back Thomas Jones was able to do what the 34 men who came before him could not; rush for 100 yards against Pittsburgh.

Jones became the first back to eclipse the century mark versus the Steelers since 2005, rushing for 117 yards on 30 carries and setting the tone for the Jets offense en route to their upset victory.

"We were able to get more opportunities to run the ball," Jones said. "Our defense did a great job of getting us on the field and giving us more chances to run the ball."

The Jets will not have much time to celebrate their second victory of the 2007 season as they prepare to do battle on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas. Unfortunately for Jones, his task won't get any easier as the Cowboys defense ranks fifth in the league against the run, yielding just 86.8 yards per game.

Interestingly, Thomas won't be the only member of his family in uniform on Thursday afternoon. Jones' brother, Julius, will start at running back for the Cowboys and the pair will share the field for the first time since the 2004 season. An opportunity Thomas is certainly looking forward to.

"It is special to be able to play against your brother on Thanksgiving," the elder Jones (Thomas) said. It is something that rarely happens, especially with both of us playing the same position. This is the second time we have had a chance to do that, so it is exciting for my family. More than anything, it is another opportunity for us to go out and play well against a good team and try to showcase our talents and abilities in front of the country."

Aside from Jones' strong rushing performance against the Steelers, the Jets offense as a whole struggled to find any sort of consistency. In fact Jericho Cotchery, arguably the most reliable of the team's offensive weapons, was held without a catch in his second disappointing contest in as many weeks.

The Cowboys lone loss this season came at the hands of the undefeated New England Patriots. Dallas has consistently demonstrated an ability to put up a lot of points. If the Jets hope to keep pace, they will need to find their offensive rhythm in a hurry.

And Thomas Jones is going to need some help.

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