New York Jets Avoid Tie With Game-Winning Touchdown Over Cleveland Browns
For the second straight week, the Jets won a tough road game in overtime, but this game almost ended in a tie.
The Browns were attempting to win a third straight game over a good opponent and fought back to tie the game to send it to overtime but at the end it was Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes teaming up again.
Here's a breakdown of the game with analysis and opinion of the Jets' Week 10 victory in Cleveland.
Shonn Greene Emerges as Top Rusher
Entering this week's game against the Browns, the Jets wanted to make sure Shonn Greene would get more carries. LaDainian Tomlinson had been great all season but kind of lost a step over the last couple of weeks.
The plan worked out as Greene carried the ball 20 times for 72 yards compared to Tomlinson's 18 for 57.
Greene looked sharp throughout making some good plays and looking like the player he was late last season taking the load off of Thomas Jones.
It's a good sign for the Jets seeing Greene produce as it allows them to rest Tomlinson a little more to get him ready for the stretch run.
Jets Limit the Combination of Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis
The key to the game for the Jets was going to be stopping running back Peyton Hillis. The Jets couldn't stop him altogether as they allowed Hillis to run in a 12-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give the Browns a 10-3 lead, but he didn't have the type of game he had against the Patriots.
Hillis only ran for 84 yards on 19 carries and that allowed them to keep the game close throughout.
Colt McCoy didn't have a big game either although he was once again impressive. Part of the reason his numbers weren't better is because the Jets dominated the time of possession. The Jets had the ball for 47 minutes and the Browns for 27 minutes.
McCoy showed just how good he could be with just under three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, with his team trailing, 20-13.
Against a Jets blitz defense, McCoy put together a 10 play, 59-yard drive ending on a three-yard pass to Mohamed Massaquoi in the end zone, tying the game at 20-20.
McCoy, though, had issues in overtime as he couldn't get any drives going, resulting in a loss.
Mark Sanchez Spreads the Ball to Each Receiver
One of the story lines in this game was the return to Cleveland for Braylon Edwards. He had a lot of motivation and made his mark early on, even getting into a heated exchange in the first quarter.
He eventually calmed down and just played the game, and at the end of the day, he caught four passes for 59 yards.
He wasn't the only Jets receiver, though, to be thrown at by Sanchez. It was pretty much evenly spread between the three wide receivers; even LaDainian Tomlinson contributed.
Santonio Holmes led the way with five catches for 76 yards and for a second straight game, was part of the game-winning drive in overtime.
Jerricho Cotchery caught three passes including an unbelievable play in overtime. On a 3rd-and-9, Sanchez saw Cotchery limping around but open for a play and threw to him. Cotchery made a spectacular diving catch for a first down after already pulling his groin, although the Jets wouldn't score on the drive.
LaDainian Tomlinson out of the backfield caught six passes for 53 yards and went for a combined 110 yards along with rushing.
It was a breakout game for Jets receivers and Holmes is starting to show signs that he can be a clutch receiver, especially when needed late in games.
Nick Folk Shows Why He Was Cut by Cowboys
Earlier in the season, kicker Nick Folk had a five field goal game, including a kick from a team-record 56 yards out. He got off to one of the best starts of any kicker in football and it was the Jets thanking the Cowboys for cutting him.
In this game, Folk was terrible. If the Jets had lost the game, it would've been Folk's fault as he missed a career-high three field goals, including one in overtime.
He won the game for the Jets over the Lions in Week 9 with an overtime field goal, but in this game he didn't have the touch, even changing his plant shoe at one point.
In the first quarter, with the game tied at 3-3, Folk missed a 48-yarder. The major disappointment and frustration from Folk came in the third quarter. The Jets started the second half, leading 17-13, and put together a 19 play, 65-yard drive and ate up 10 minutes.
Folk missed a 24-yard field goal as the ball hit the right upright and after nearly the entire third quarter, the Jets came up completely empty.
Folk then missed a potential game-winning field goal in overtime from 47 yards out and it was then that the Jets were playing not to lose.
Folk can have a bad week, but he better hope it's only one bad week.
Mark Sanchez Clutch Again, Holmes Wins With Touchdown
Early in the last couple of games, Mark Sanchez hasn't been doing well. He appears to be rusty and isn't being smart with the football.
But in each of the last two games, the story has been the same. Sanchez has started out slow and then picked it up late.
Last week against the Lions, Sanchez led his team to victory after trailing by 10 late in the fourth quarter. In this game, he bailed his defense out as after they blew a late lead, he threw the game-winning touchdown with 24 seconds left in overtime.
It appeared that the game was certainly going to end in a tie. The Jets with only 24 seconds left had no timeouts and were at the Browns' 37 yard line, outside of field goal range.
Sanchez, though, for a second straight week teamed up with Santonio Holmes in overtime for a huge gain. Last week, Holmes couldn't take the ball in for a touchdown, but in this game he went the entire 37 yards for the dramatic, unexpected victory.
When the Jets sacked McCoy towards the end zone to force a punt, they didn't call a timeout with the clock running down. It looked as if they were conceding to a tie.
But, for the second straight week, the duo of Sanchez and Holmes helped the Jets earn big victories.
Closing Opinion and What's Next for Jets
The Jets have done exactly what they needed to do after getting embarrassed at home two weeks ago to the Packers.
You can understand perhaps being thrown off after a bye week, but a team of the Jets caliber must rebound and they have.
It may not be what you want to see with the Jets winning against bad teams in overtime, but as head coach Rex Ryan said after the game, it doesn't matter how much you win by; a win is a win.
The Jets have played tough football and good teams come away with two close victories, as the Jets improve to 7-2 on the season.
They will return home after two weeks on the road to face the suddenly slumping Houston Texans next Sunday. That will be followed by a playoff rematch against the Bengals at home on Thanksgiving night.
Both of those teams are below .500 so the Jets have a chance to possibly get to 9-2 and no worse than 8-3.
The Texans after a fast 4-2 start have lost three straight games to drop to 4-5 and last place in the AFC South.
AFC East Standings After Week 10
NY Jets 7-2 (1)
New England 7-2
(1)- Jets current seed in AFC