Revis Island: Do not enterNovember 29, 2009
Darrelle Revis was the entire offense for the Jets most of the game, as he got the defense into the end zone for the first time this season.
Revis returned one of the Jets’ four interceptions 67 yards for a touchdown as New York held on to beat the Carolina Panthers (4-7) 17-6 on Sunday. The Jets kept their slim playoff hopes alive, thanks to solid play from a defense that held Carolina to 176 yards of total offense. The Jets won at home for the first time since beating the Titans in week three.
You have to wonder why opposing quarterbacks continue to throw Revis’ way. The best corner back in football has virtually shut down almost every top receiver (Andre Johnson, Randy Moss twice, Marques Colston, Terrell Owens, and Steve Smith) the entire season.
Revis held Smith to just one catch for 5 yards.
Thomas Jones had another impressive game, rushing for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Mark Sanchez was efficient, completing 13 of 17 passes for 154 yards. Dustin Keller led the Jets receivers with four catches for 68 yards.
Kerry Rhodes, demoted in favor of Eric Smith, picked off Jake Delhomme twice on the day.
The Jets got a scare when Sanchez scrambled to the right sideline and was tackled by Richard Marshall. Despite gaining eight yards, Sanchez stayed down on the ground as the trainers checked out his left knee. Sanchez was helped to the sideline and was only able to put very little weight on the leg. Sanchez was replaced by Kellen Clemens for the four plays, but came back on the next offensive series after passing the medical tests.
The story of the day was the Jets defensive unit, who held Delhomme to 130 yards passing, and kept DeAngelo Williams in check for just 40 yards. The Jets stuffed the box, daring the Panthers to beat them through the air, but the pass rush was too much for Jake the Snake to overcome.
Revis gave the Jets a 7-0 lead on a fluke play midway through the first quarter. After converting three third downs on their opening drive, the Panthers had another shot on third-and-9 from the Jets 39. However, Delhomme’s pass deflected off Smith’s lower leg and into the hands of Revis, who had a clear path to the end zone.
Gang Green now sits at 5-6, and has a favorable schedule ahead. They will travel to Toronto to take on the Bills Thursday night, then take on the 1-11 Bucs in Tampa. The Jets next return home in Week 15 to take on the Atlanta Falcons. It is plausible that the Jets can be 8-6 going into the final two games of the season. They’ll face the undefeated Colts in Week 16, but will Indy have much to play for? They will conclude the season at home against the Bengals.