New York Jets Save Their Season with Win over Washington Redskins: For Now

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IDecember 5, 2011

Mark Sanchez (left) with Shonn Greene
Mark Sanchez (left) with Shonn GreeneRob Carr/Getty Images

The New York Jets' victory didn't come as easily as some fans hoped when they beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday, 34-19.

The score sounds reassuring, but the Jets didn't score most of those points until there were less than five minutes left in the game. At that point, the Jets were down, 16-13.

So obviously, things didn't come easily, but the Jets got the job done, and improved their record to 7-5.

The Jets will most likely have to compete for the second wild card spot. Currently, they're tied with the Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos.

The good news is that the Raiders and Broncos are tied, but one of them will most likely win their  division, clearing a wild card spot for the Jets.

The bad news? The Jets will have to get a better record than the Broncos or Raiders, because they lost to both teams earlier this season.

In the game yesterday, Mark Sanchez out-dueled Rex Grossman. Sanchez finished with 19 completions in 32 attempts for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Not bad.

But the real hero for the Jets was Shonn Greene. In 22 carries, he compiled 88 yards with three touchdowns.

Sanchez was able to complete a touchdown to Santonio Holmes for the eventual game-winner and comeback late in the fourth quarter.

The Jets' next opponent is the Kansas City Chiefs back home at MetLife Stadium. The Jets will need to win that game as well, most likely, if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.