Initial Reaction: Still Got It – Jets Win Thrilling Opener 27-24

It was about as memorable as an opening night you could ask for, as the New York Jets pulled out a gutty, thrilling 27-24 comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys.

You can say what you want about this team but they understand how to win. They have a ton of heart and resiliency and it is foolish to ever count them out of a game.

It came from everywhere tonight. Plaxico Burress turning it on in the second half for 4 receptions for 72 yards, along with a beautiful touchdown reception. Mark Sanchez posting up 335 passing yards and distributing the ball around to Burress, Santonio Holmes, Dustin Keller, and LaDainian Tomlison who all also had big nights.

There was Joe McKnight coming up with a huge blocked punt that was returned for a score by Isaiah Trufant in what was the loudest I have ever heard a crowd at a Jets game. Mike DeVito forcing a Tony Romo fumble in the fourth quarter to keep the Jets alive. Darrelle Revis coming up with an interception to set up Nick Folk’s game winning field goal…and of course Folk hitting that game winning 50 yard field goal in what must have been a sweet moment of redemption, considering Dallas cut him.

It was a complete team win. The Jets are far from perfect and have plenty of issues to still work out but a win is a win and it was a hell of a way to start the season.

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

  • Bruce Harper

    Far from perfect-yes, I think that is a fair assessment. Are we going to have a running game this year? Will Wayne Hunter end up listed as the cause of death for Mark Sanchez? And the O-line was not performing like the “best in the NFL” they are reputed to be.
    That said, the plays by Jim Leonard (a game saving come-from-behind tackle) and Joe Mcknight and LT and Mark Sanchez and DeVito and Folk and Revis and Keller and Burress and Pace and BT and Scott/Harris were ALL necessary or they wouldn’t have won. It was a great team victory and this is exactly the type of game they would lose under all of the earlier regimes.
    The Cowboys last night WERE the pre-Rex New York Jets. I feel bad for their fans-we of all people know how that loss felt. They will be better as the year goes on, and I strongly suspect they will win games against other AFC East opponents.
    From our perspective, you have to win games like that to get into the ploayoffs, and tonight we get to watch Sauron versus the Orcs-excuse me, Pats/Dolphins-knowing that somebody has to lose.

  • Lori Feldman

    I saw something different with the JETS during this game than in previous games-unwavering determination. Dallas had a strong first quarter but they carried themself as a team that had the game in the bag causing Romo to make some colossal mistakes. Cant get too cocky and lose concentration because that’s when the JETS will sneak up on you when you least expect it. In my opinion I feel like the JETS felt a tremendous amount of pressure to deliver a win last night, home game, 9/11, that it threw off their game in the first half. But we emerged victorious-even the commentators were blown away. Everyone counted us out. That game was the epitome of team work, as for the Cowboys, it was the Tony Romo show as usual and it backfired. Proud to be a JETS fan!