Jets have to regroup quickly with game on Thursday
Since the game clock had been ticking down on
their resounding win over Buffalo last week, the Jets had been thinking
about their pivotal rematch with New England.
That's why their shattering 37-16 home loss to the
Patriots on Sunday night hurt so much.
The Jets (5-4) had a three-game winning streak
snapped and were thwarted in their bid for their first 5-0 home start
since 1985. New England (6-3) avoided its first three-game losing
streak since 2002. More important, the Pats took over sole possession
of first place in the AFC East, with the Jets and Buffalo both one game
And because the Patriots swept the Jets
for the first time since 2007, they hold the tiebreaker advantage. The
Jets will visit Denver (4-5) on Thursday.
"We have to put this game behind us as fast as we
can," coach Rex Ryan said. The Jets will leave for Denver on Wednesday
after practicing for two days.
"It's tough," safety Jim Leonhard said, "because
really for the first time in the last three years, since Rex has been
here, (the division was) right here. We win this game and we have kind
of a stranglehold on the division and you let it slide. So obviously
there's a lot of frustration. It was a big goal of ours to go ahead and
win this division and we've put ourselves in a hole again. I'm not
saying it can't happen, but it's unlikely to happen at this point."
When asked if the Jets could turn the page so
quickly, right guard Brandon Moore said, "We have to. We have no
Although Denver's Tim Tebow-led offense is
somewhat Neanderthal (the Broncos attempted only eight passes in their
17-10 win over Kansas City on Sunday), it won't be easy to prepare for
in such a short time. The Broncos ran for 244 yards against the Chiefs
despite losing running backs Willis McGahee (hamstring) and Knowshon Moreno (knee) during the game. Third-stringer Lance Ball had a
career-high 96 yards rushing for Denver.
"You can get the taste right out of your mouth
quickly," quarterback Mark Sanchez said, "if we go out and win in
Denver. It's no easy task with a long trip, elevation and a good team
that is playing pretty well, riding some emotion, riding some momentum
after a win. We need to get rid of this loss and move on."
"We have to get this thing behind us and go play
Denver," the coach said.
TRENDING: The Jets were perfectly balanced on
offense in the first half against New England, attempting 16 passes and
rushing the ball 16 times. That ratio became skewed toward the pass in
the second half once the Jets were far behind, but their first half
run-pass ratio is closer to what they want. They don't want to put the
game in quarterback Mark Sanchez's hands if they don't want to.
BY THE NUMBERS: Sanchez had been sacked only 17
times through eight games, yet New England's bottom-ranked defense
dropped him five times. Defensive end Andre Carter had 4.5 sacks as the
Jets often seemed confused by the Patriots' exotic blitz packages.
--QB Mark Sanchez went 20-for-39 for 306 yards and
one touchdown with two interceptions, one of which was returned 12
yards for a score by New England LB Rob Ninkovich. His other pick
wasn't really his fault. RB Shonn Greene botched an accurate throw, and
Ninkovich grabbed the carom. Sanchez's other pick six came Oct. 2 at
--RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 38 yards on
seven carries and had two receptions for 22 yards. However, he was
injured on his last carry, when he took a hard spill at the end of his
6-yard gain. He was to have an MRI on Monday on his left leg. It
appeared he may have suffered a serious knee injury.
--Reserve WR Patrick Turner had his first catch of
the season, a 22-yarder that led to the Jets' first touchdown. But he
later suffered a kidney injury and didn't return. Turner was in the
game because rookie WR-KR Jeremy Kerley had left briefly with an
apparent leg injury. Kerley returned, however and finished with four
catches for 79 yards.
--K Nick Folk missed his only field-goal attempt,
pushing a 24-yarder wide left after the Jets' first drive stalled. He
is 12-for-14 on the season, with the only other miss coming from 50
--S Brodney Pool (knee) missed the game. His
absence proved costly against the pass-happy Patriots. Pool was injured
in the Buffalo game last week but played through it.
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