AFC East: Jets LB Not Happy With Win

Without Plaxico Burress' amazing catch in the fourth quarter vs the Bills, the Jets season could be over. One defender isn't exactly happy about the way things went down on Sunday.

Pace says Jets need to pick up the pace

   Most of the Jets, including coach Rex Ryan, were perfectly willing to accept their flawed but crucial 28-24 victory over Buffalo on Sunday and move on.

   But veteran linebacker Calvin Pace wasn't one of them.

   "A lot of stuff bothered me, but it's neither here nor there," said Pace, whose team improved to 6-5 and stayed in the jumbled AFC wild-card picture. "I'm just one man. I just try to go out and perform and keep it moving. At the end of the day, man, sometimes you don't have to make it that hard on yourself. Sometimes, there's nothing wrong with going out and dominating a team.

   "You go to Buffalo and you dominate, but you come here and it's an ESPN classic. It doesn't have to be like that, it really doesn't. That's how you lose ballgames, when you sit and don't capitalize on opportunities. But again, we won, man. I can't be mad about that. But defensively, at best we were mediocre, at best."

   Yes, the Jets' defense stopped Buffalo on its final drive, but the hosts were fortunate. Stevie Johnson, who gave superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis fits all day, dropped a pass that could have gone for a touchdown, or at least put the Bills on the Jets' 10. Instead, Buffalo got no further than the Jets' 24.

   But with two road games in the next three weeks, beginning at Washington (4-7) on Sunday, Pace believes similar performances won't cut it.

   "What if Plax didn't make that play?" Pace said, referring to an incredible catch by Plaxico Burress to keep alive the game-winning drive. "Then we're sitting in here looking stupid. But again, we won. That's all that matters. We found a way. I will say that, we found a way. Plaxico Burress found it, with a one-handed catch."

   The Redskins are going nowhere but still are playing hard. Rex Grossman's 50-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Armstrong in the fourth quarter provided the go-ahead score as Washington rallied from a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit for a 23-17 victory Sunday at Seattle. Grossman threw two interceptions in the game, so maybe the Jets can harass him into some mistakes. The Jets came up with no takeaways against Buffalo.

   "Honestly, we just have to do a better job of finishing," linebacker Aaron Maybin said, adding the Jets are "trying to fight for our playoff lives."

   They lived to fight at least another week or two.

   TRENDING: The Jets have gotten tight end Dustin Keller more involved in the offense in recent weeks. The fourth-year pro had a stretch in which he had only five receptions in three games, but he has had at least four catches in four of the last five games. He had four receptions for 61 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. His presence over the middle can open up the passing game for outside receivers Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress.

   UNDER THE RADAR: Mark Sanchez's former USC teammate, wide receiver Patrick Turner, made his first career start Sunday, and although he had only one catch, it was huge. His 12-yard reception on the Jets' final drive got New York into field-goal range. Turner has five catches in the past three games.

PLAYER NOTES
   --QB Mark Sanchez went 17-for-35 for 180 yards and a career-high four touchdowns with one interception. He went 9-for-15 in the second half for 114 yards and two touchdowns with no picks for a 123.3 passer rating. Coach Rex Ryan tried to motivate Sanchez last week by taking away some of his practice reps.
   --RB LaDainian Tomlinson missed a second straight game because of a knee injury suffered Nov. 13 against New England. It's unclear when he will return. He hasn't practiced since getting hurt.
   --WR/PR Jeremy Kerley missed a second straight game because of a knee injury suffered Nov. 13 against New England. It's unclear when he will return. He hasn't practiced since suffering the injury.
   --CB Antonio Cromartie muffed a Buffalo punt, and the Bills recovered, which led to him being beaten on the next play for a 36-yard touchdown by former Jet Brad Smith.
   --OLB Aaron Maybin, a former Bill, had two sacks against his old team. Maybin, a speed rusher, hadn't had a sack since Oct. 23 against San Diego.

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