Initial Reaction: This Is Why We Watch…Jets Escape 23-20

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Disgusted. Just disgusted. It was hard not to feel that way as you watched the New York Jets, the team who likes to talk about being the best team in the NFL and is overloaded with talent, do everything possible to embarrass themselves against a feisty (dirty) 2-5 Detroit Lions team. Penalties? Every single one you could imagine at the worst possible time. Turnovers? Two more from the Jets. Drops? Yes, there were still plenty of those. Clock management? Of course, the Jets only had one timeout left heading into the final 5 minutes of the game.

It felt like there was no way in the world the Jets could surmount a comeback down 20-10 with 4:26 on the clock and one timeout. It might as well have been 30 points considering the way their passing offense looked. You can already read the headlines about the Jets sliding into another meltdown. Mark Sanchez was well on his way to another sub 50 percent completion percentage and more questions about his status as our franchise quarterback.

Then something happened. Unlike teams in the past, the 2010 New York Jets find ways to win football games. It doesn’t matter how ugly the game has been. It doesn’t matter how poorly they have been playing. This team has confidence they can always find a way to win and today, yet again, they did.

Say what you want about Sanchez but he stepped up again late to lead the Jets to a victory. He made two big time throws to Dustin Keller on their touchdown drive to cut the lead to 3 and then fortunately the Lions are the Lions and inexplicably threw the ball on third down, leaving Sanchez enough time to get the Jets into field goal position (big ups to Julian Peterson for that late hit on LaDainian Tomlinson…thanks). In overtime, he hit Santonio Holmes in stride on an in route, which Holmes rolled into a 52 yard gain.

The story of the day? Led by their quarterback, the Jets made plays when they had to. If you want an example of a young quarterback who can’t do that, look to our divisional rival Miami. Sanchez comes up big in big spots. Tomlinson, Holmes, and Keller all stepped up to support him when it counted. Nick Folk was money on special teams and is truly having a Pro-Bowl season.

On defense, the bad news is that Drew Coleman is back to being Drew Coleman. The good news is that Darrelle Revis is back to being Darrelle Revis. 1 catch for 13 yards for Calvin Johnson…nice work and welcome to the 2010 season, Darrelle. Revis Island is back. The defense played relatively well but there isn’t enough big plays being created. Not enough sacks and forced turnovers.

The Jets are a flawed team…accept it, but they are a 6-2 and on pace for a 12-4 season. In case you didn’t notice the NFL is filled with flawed teams this year. The consensus best team heading into this week lost to the 2-5 Cleveland Browns by 20 points. You take the wins when you can get them.

Run Santonio Run

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports