As the old saying goes, "a win is a win." That saying definitely applies to the New York Jets against the Denver Broncos.
The Jets were looking to advance to 5-1 against a 2-3 Broncos before going into their bye week, but the game turned out to be a tough challenge for the Jets.
In the end, the Jets were able to edge out the Broncos by four with a touchdown by LaDainian Tomlinson in the last two minutes. It wasn't pretty but the Jets were able to get the W.
Here are the grades...
Stats: 17/30, 198 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions
Mark Sanchez had a pretty bad game. He didn't throw balls on target to his receivers and often made questionable decisions. He could've easily had another two interceptions in this game.
If I was grading on the first three quarters, I would've probably given him a D. But when it come down to crunch time, Sanchez stepped up.
In the fourth quarter and the Jets down by seven he lead his offense to two touchdowns and helped win the game. Maybe he got lucky with the Holmes pass interference call, but who cares? He saw Holmes on one on one coverage and took advantage of it.
Stats: 98 yards, 3.9 yards a carry, two touchdowns
The Jets had the best running game going into this game, and the Broncos were in the bottom 10 in the league at stopping the run game. The Broncos were able to step up though and contain LT.
The Jets had a diffucult time trying to get the run game going and were being stopped for short gains throughout the first half. Like Sanchez though, the running game was able to step up in second half. They were able to get 81 yards in the last two quarters.
LT really stepped up with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a key 20-yard rush to help the Jets tie the game.
Other than a pretty costly fumble Santonio Holmes had, he looked good in his second game as a Jet. He was able to get some key catches and draw the pass interference on fourth down that won the Jets the game.
Braylon Edwards continues to shine; he had two touchdowns today, bringing his total to four on the season, which is the same he had for all of last season. He also seems to have put the dropping issues behind him.
Dustin Keller also had a great game with 75 yards receiving and is proving to be one of the better receiving tight ends in these league.
The Jets were able to hold the second best passing attack in the league to only 209 yards and Orton to a 41 percent completion rating.
Cromartie continues to step up and did a great job on Brandon Lloyd, the league leader in receiving yards. Cromartie was able to hold him to only four catches and helped take him out of the passing game.
Darrelle Revis, on the other hand, did all right, but receivers are starting to look pretty comfortable on Revis Island.
Revis let up a touchdown and kept getting burnt by receivers. This is probably due to his hamstring injury, but we'll see what he does after the bye week when he has time to recover.
The Jets completely forgot that the Broncos even had running backs. They allowed the worst rushing offense in the league to rush for 145 yards.
This was unusual for the Jets, who are currently top five in the league in rushing yards allowed.
But they didn't really let up any big runs and the longest rush they let up was only 14 yards, so I'll give them a C- and not a D.
Nick Folk continues to shine for the Jets; he kicked a clutch 56 yard field goal which is a franchise record.
Steve Weatherford also had a good game, punting for five times with 48.6 average yards a punt. He has really stepped up this year after being 27th last year in punting yard average.
The only negative for special teams was the surprise onside kick by the Broncos which the Jets weren't prepared for.
In the NFL, you need to find ways to win even if you're not on your A-game. That's what makes a good team.
The Jets are finding ways to win, which is why they are tied for the best record in the NFL. They still haven't shown what they are at their A-game with their current team with Holmes, Pace and Revis.
If Revis can get healthy and preform like he did last year, the Jets will be big contenders to win the superbowl.