The New York Jets saw their running game come alive in St. Louis on Sunday against the Rams. James Laurinaitis and the Rams' defense had no answer for the Jets as they compiled 124 yards on the ground.
Gang Green finally had all three of their running backs healthy and it proved to be a crucial part of the Jets victory over the Rams. Starting running back Shonn Greene beat up the defense with a tough 64 yards on 18 carries. Third down running back Bilal Powell stole the show as he rushed for two touchdowns to help lift New York to a double digit victory. The speedy Joe McKnight ran for a quiet 14 yards on four carries, but he is always a threat to break one for a score.
Having the three headed attack will be important for the Jets down the stretch if they want to make a run for the playoffs.
"That's a big contributing factor for this game," said Greene of the Jets' triple threat rushing attack. "It's going to help us out a lot, giving the defense different looks and keeping everybody fresh."
The Jets now return home to MetLife stadium with an enormous amount of confidence. The division rival New England Patriots are invading on Thanksgiving Night with a lot of momentum on their side. The Patriots are coming off a 59-24 win over a hot Indianapolis Colts team. Both AFC East teams only had four days to prepare for this week's showdown.
"Any team at any given moment can switch things up from what they did previously in the last game when we played them," mentioned Greene. "We still have to go through our game planning and stuff like that. It's kind of easier but not really."
The Jets hope to keep the Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady off the field by eating up the time of possession with their rushing attack. The three running backs for the Jets bring different elements and can give defenses nightmares. The Jets hope this is true on Thursday.
"Like I said, they have different skill sets and I think we can give some defense headaches by having all three of us in the game."