New York Jets: Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes Wins For Second Straight Week
The New York Jets and Cleveland Browns battled out a gritty and hard fought thriller resulting in the second overtime win for the Jets in as many weeks. In a game filled with many story lines, this match-up did not disappoint as it came down to the final 16 seconds of overtime to determine a winner.
Mark Sanchez continues to show his maturity and guts with another clutch outing.
The Jets' defense continues it's dominance against the run and have yet to allow a 100 yard rusher this season.
The Jets improved to 7-2 and keep the top spot in the AFC East.
Here's a look inside this thrilling game.
The Browns were coming off two consecutive weeks of big upset wins.
Two weeks ago, they toppled the defending Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints, in New Orleans.
Last week, they were victorious over the mighty New England Patriots at home.
Much talk was made about the Browns pulling off a third consecutive upset with a win over the Jets, and they came damn close to doing so.
But it was not to be as the Jets eeked out a victory in the final seconds of OT.
Rex Ryan vs. Rob Ryan
Another of the hyped story lines from this games was the battle of the Ryan brothers.
Rex and Rob, the twin offspring of defensive genius Buddy Ryan, matched defensive wits against each other with Rex emerging victorious.
The entire second half was a defensive struggle as both teams combined for only 10 points. But in the end, brother Rex came out on top because the Jets' defense didn't give up the big plays.
Braylon Edwards vs. The Dawg Pound
It was no secret that this game meant a lot to Braylon Edwards. It was important enough that Rex Ryan made Edwards one of the Jets' captains for this game.
Braylon had been talking a lot of trash and I'm sure he would've been a lot happier had he got into the end zone, but that wasn't to be.
He did manage four catches for 59 yards and no dropped balls... this was enough to keep the Pound off his back. And with the Jets achieving victory, it was Edwards who gets the last laugh.
Mark Sanchez: 27/44 for 299 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 rush TD.
Sanchez is earning the "Sanchize" nickname with every game. He fell just one yard short of his second 300 yard game and showed guts and resiliency in the pocket. His decision making seems to be improving with every game as well as his mobility. He made a few Houdini like escape move to avoid a couple of sacks and turned what should have been sacks for negative yards in to big plays.
He also showed some toughness as he was injured in the closing seconds of the 3rd quarter and refused to come out of the game. Sanchez played through the pain and culminated the victory with a 37 yard TD pass to Santonio Holmes with only eight seconds left in overtime.
Time Of Possession
The Jets dominated the time of possession battle with 47:08. This was mainly due to a huge clock eating drive in the 3rd quarter, swallowing up over 10 minutes off the clock. Unfortunately, this drive resulted in no points as Nick Folk missed a 24 yard chip shot FG.
Nick Folk was absolutely terrible today missing three (48, 24, 47) out of five FG attempts. One of the FGs would have ended the game as he missed in OT.
After a clutch performance kicking last week in Detroit, Folk quickly became the goat as his accuracy was way off today. Had the Jets lost this game, or tied, the blame would have fallen right on Folks shoulders.
Return Of The Ground & Pound
After seemingly abandoning the ground & pound philosophy in the past two weeks, it was back in full force against the Browns.
The Jets rushed the ball for a total of 45 times with 38 carries going to LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. LT and Greene combined for 129 yards on the ground.
The heavy dose of rushing set up plenty of opportunities for Sanchez to throw the ball. This is the formula for success for the Jets.
The Wildcat (Seminole)
The Jets ran the wildcat formation (or as the Jets call it, the Seminole) effectively against Cleveland. Brad Smith is such a versatile weapon and leads this formation with great efficiency. Smith gained 39 yards on five carries in the wildcat all for big first downs.
I think Brian Schottenheimer needs to start expanding the playbook for this formation to include some passing plays for Smith. It was obvious that the Browns knew the Jets would run whenever they lined up in the wildcat. They could've made some huge passing plays in this formation had they tried.
Cotchery Gets Involved
Jerricho Cotchery has seemed like the invisible man as of late. With some big dropped passes in recent games, and looks seeming to go more towards Edwards, Holmes and Keller, Jerricho has been the odd man out.
But he showed up big today
Cotchery caught a huge 25 yard TD pass while he was wide open in the end zone to give the Jets an early lead. He also made another big catch for a first down after he was injured! After Sanchez pulled off some magic and avoided what looked like a sure sack for a loss, he found a hobbled Cotchery who stretched out to make a great catch in tight coverage with an injured leg.
After this big win, the Jets head home to face a reeling Houston Texans team who just came off a tragic loss to the lowly Jaguars.
Although the Texans' season seems to be falling apart, this is not a team to take lightly as they have the offensive weapons to put up a ton of points.
A featured match-up in this game will be a rematch of Darrelle Revis vs. Andre Johnson.
This game has the potential to be a barn-burner!