On Sunday the New York Jets beat the St. Louis Rams 27-13 to move the team’s record to 4-6. The win was just what the doctor ordered for the Jets as it gave the team some much needed confidence and kept Gang Green’s remote playoff chances alive. Here are some of my notes from the game.
Sanchez sharp- Just when you were ready to give up on Mark Sanchez he puts together a solid performance going 15/20 for 178 yards and a touchdown. Sanchez played with confidence and made very smart decisions with the football. This is the type of performance that fans have been waiting for all year.
Ground and pound returns- Statistically the Jets only ran for 124 yards, but the physical ground and pound approach wore down the aggressive Rams defense. Gang Green used a three running back rotation which kept St. Louis off balance and opened up the passing game.
Offensive line mans up- The offensive line started off slow yielding 3 quick sacks to Chris Long and company. Gang Green’s line made some adjustments and then began to dominate the line of scrimmage which opened up the Jets running game. The ground and pound philosophy is built around the line and this week the unit led by Nick Mangold was up for the challenge.
Hill struggles- Another week, another terrible drop for wide receiver Stephen Hill. There is truly no excuses for repeated drops that are hitting him right in the hands. It will be interesting to see how much playing time Stephen gets going forward.
Stout run defense- The Jets defense started off slow giving up huge chunks of yards and a touchdown. The unit made some adjustments and did an excellent job of slowing down the Rams running game (Jackson held to 81 yards). LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell played very physical at the line of scrimmage and linebacker David Harris was repeatedly blowing up blockers. This is the type of physical effort that should be displayed by the Jets defense on a weekly basis.
Wilkerson continues to improve- Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson had another excellent game tallying a sack and a forced fumble. Wilkerson is starting to dominate his opponent which is allowing his teammates to get pressure on the quarterback.
Heading into Sunday’s game no one truly knew what to expect from the New York Jets. Would the Jets show up and play physical or would they fold after the first sign of adversity? Gang Green started out sluggish but got things turned around with a very physical game plan. I got to give Tony Sparano credit for his offensive play calling as it had the Rams guessing the entire time.
This was a much needed victory for Gang Green as it builds the team’s confidence while silencing the critics for a day or two. More importantly it keeps the Jets relevant in the AFC picture for another week. Essentially Gang Green’s victory over the Rams bought the team another week to stay in the hunt and salvage the season. If the Jets could somehow find a way to beat the New England Patriots on Thursday night things could get very interesting.