Initial Reaction – Needed Relief: New York Jets Finally Win

Initial reaction to the New York Jets 27-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams

It has been awhile hasn’t it? The New York Jets ended their three game losing streak with a dominant win over the St. Louis Rams, 27-13. After allowing an early touchdown drive, the Jets defense took over by forcing three turnovers and constantly staying in the face of Sam Bradford who was completely overwhelmed all afternoon. Shockingly, Brian Schottenheimer’s offense countered the Jets with confusing play calls and poorly timed short passes…or not shockingly to every Jets fan in the world.

Muhammad Wilkeson had another strip sack and is starting to look like the All-Pro the coaching staff was hyping him up to be this summer. In the back end Antonio Cromartie, LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell all played very good games. Landry had 8 tackles and forced a fumble, Bell had 2 tackles for a loss and a pass defensed and ‘Cro kept being ‘Cro. Since the second half of the Houston game, the Jets defense has generally been pretty good and it needs to keep improving with the Patriots on the way in four short days.

On offense, Mark Sanchez played an encouraging game finishing 15/20 for 178 yards with a touchdown but most importantly ZERO turnovers. The Jets finally moved Sanchez out of the pocket a few times, did a relatively good job protecting him and he responded with an accurate, savvy day. Most encouragingly, we saw him look off his main target and come back across the formation for his secondary target a few times. Chaz Schilens had a strong game with 4 catches for 48 yards with a touchdown. Schilens needs to be put in the starting line-up for Stephen Hill who looks overwhelmed right now…and that’s being kind.

The running game got a good push all day. Shonn Greene led the way with 18 carries for 64 yards. But in the second half, the Jets started leaning on Bilal Powell more often and he responded with two touchdown runs. He had a nice overall day with 11 carries for 42 yards and 2 receptions for 18 yards. This could be a sign of the Jets moving more towards more of a committee approach as Joe McKnight also chipped in 4 carries for 14 yards.

Overall, it was a badly needed victory against a mediocre team. The Jets are on the fringes of the AFC playoff race and could make some noise if they pull an upset at home on Thanksgiving against New England.

For a few days at least…all is good in Jets land.

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

  • Greg

    Glad we won. Defense played very well today.

    Except for New England, the schedule is not too difficult rest of the way, but this team doesn’t deserve benefit of the doubt.

  • jet green

    i don’t care that they beat a team worse than them.i don’t want to see them lose but at this point whats the sense in even trying to go to the playoffs with this team… thier terrible.i hate saying this but i want them to lose every game from here on out because if they don’t the jets moron staff will put the same terrible product on the field next season thinking they have some great team.they suck…and it starts with sanchoke and greene and right on down to them all and take sparano with you.

  • joeydefiant

    blah blah blah fire everyone. What an intelligent opinion “jet green”. If you don’t like anything about the team why do you watch? You hate the players, the coaching staff, the owner, the GM. What do you like? The Logo? The colors? WOW DUDE I LIKE PLANES. AND I LIKE GREEN. I LIKE DUH JETS.

  • Mark Phelan

    Joey – re: your response to jet green. Being a fan is more than ‘liking’. Sure, if I Pepsi changes their recipe I may switch to coke. But being a Jets fan allows no freedom of choice. It’s like being Irish.

  • Casino

    Finally got McKnight/Bilal involved; less of Greene is a good thing.

    We better be able to run it on Thurs to set up the throw. Even some passing or play action on first down will be needed to avoid obvious passing down scenarious.

  • R.O.G.

    casino- agreed that RB rotation has been needed and finally utilized. Defense needs to keep up their energy. NE has no Gronkasaurus, defense should have a good game Thanksgiving. The NYJ need to run the ball and keep Hill off the field until the kid is ready.

  • joeydefiant

    Everyone calling for Rex’s head and saying he lost the team can be quiet now. The D showed up big time for him against Schotty. Even Sanchez gave Rex a good game after being the only person left in the world who believes in him. Funny how much better he looks when he is not getting sacked before the snap even gets to him. Austin Howard played a horrible game, but the Jets kept TE/RB in to help him later in the game.

  • R.O.G.

    Still don’t believe Rex is a good HC. Ball at mid-field, 2 timeouts, 30 secs on the game-clock, a kicker who has already kicked two 50+ yard FGs and Rex feels comfortable going to the locker room with a 6 point lead. That poor game management has become a trend for this team. Sorry but those are the things that shine a light on how little he has learned in 4 years and could potentially cost the team a win against NFL teams that are not as bad as the Rams.

  • Jets beat a team with ONE play-maker (Amendola) at wide-out, DA got hurt and somebody named Gibson caught 2 TD’s – The outcome might have been different if that Rams kick return TD wasn’t nullified. Rams had more tackles in the back-field for loss 10 than Jets 3 / I was hoping for a top 12 draft pick in 2013 (not a QB) but won’t bitch if they beat NE and a couple home games down the stretch 😀

  • Greg

    I think the RB- by -committee approach is the right one, Casino. They should divide carries between Greene, Powell and McKnight as each back provides something different for a defense. Tebow can be used strictly in certain situations, but they need to stop with the constant rotations between him and Sanchez. It was a nice theory that blew up in practice. Stick with Stephen Hill and let the kid work through his problems. Now, if the Jets manage to roll off a winning streak and get back into the playoff hunt, and Hill is hurting them with drops, then the coaches may be forced to limit his snaps.