Greats and Goats: Week 14 Edition

After a successful trip to Jacksonville, the New York Jets find themselves very much alive in the race for the playoffs. The top four seeds have already been locked up by division winners but key losses by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals have Gang Green sitting just one game away from postseason contention.

Sunday's game against the Jaguars looked a lot like a replay of the game against the Arizona Cardinals for the first half of the contest. Mark Sanchez was given the nod earlier in the week to start under center but failed to score any points for five straight quarters of play. But starting in the second half, the Jets came alive and reeled off 17 straight points to secure the game by a final of 17-10.

The Jets will need to win their final three games along with getting a little bit of help to have any hope of playing postseason football. The Steelers will have to lose two of their final three games and the Bengals will have to lose one. Both teams have difficult match-ups looming and could pave the way for an unlikely postseason entrance that would erase all the inefficiencies that the Jets have shown their fans all season long.


The Ground Attack

- The running tandem of Bilal Powell and Shonn Greene had another superb game on the ground. Powell rushed for 78 yards and Greene just one less with 77. Both backs reached the end zone in the second half and set the pace for the game. Powell has been emerging as an offensive weapon the past few weeks and gaining the trust of the caoching staff by fighting for extra yards to keep drives alive.

The Defense

- Just as they did against Arizona, the defense kept the Jets in the game despite their offense's shortcomings. The defense reached Chad Henne three times and forced him to throw two interceptions and under 50 percent completions. Bart Scott and company stopped Jacksonville numerous times on third down and were able to get of the field and have the offense go to work.



- While Sanchez did a much better job of protecting the football this week, he still had one blemish in the form of a fumble. While the turnover led to points for the Jaguars, they proved to be insignificant in the long run. Jeremy Kerley also put the ball on the turf once during the game. The Jets will have to play a full sixty minutes without a turnover if they hope to win their remaining three games of the season.

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