It wasn’t pretty but it was something the Jets badly needed, a victory. If the Jets could have played this type of ugly, run-dominated, conservative style a few other times this year they may not be below .500 right now. Mark Sanchez didn’t light the world on fire today with with 154 yards passing, o touchdowns, and an interception. However, he was 13/17 which is a major step in the right direction for his completion percentage. He also chipped in 27 yards rushing. The injury to his leg that required him to miss a few snaps doesn’t appear to be too serious because it didn’t look to limit him when he returned.
Turnovers still remained an issue today with fumbles from Shonn Greene and Dustin Keller, however the Jets were able to overcome it thanks to a terrific effort from their defense. Darrelle Revis continued to prove he was the best cornerback in football by holding Steve Smith to one catch for five yards and pulling in two interceptions of his own, including a bizarre one that he ran back 67 yards for a touchdown. Kerry Rhodes picked himself off the mat and recorded his first two interceptions of the year. The early returns on Rex Ryan benching him are positive because Rhodes appears to have woken up and the guy who replaced him, Eric Smith played a great game also, leading the team with 8 tackles, including 2 for a loss.
Bryan Thomas, Calvin Pace, and David Harris each recorded a sack and the Jets constantly applied pressure all game. It looked a little bit like the first few weeks of the season. Thomas Jones had another solid effort with 75 rushing yards and touchdown. Braylon Edwards chipped 40 yards receiving and even Danny Woodhead got into the act with 23 receiving yards and a rushing attempt.
Also, to everybody in Miami…haha.