The price you pay for victory

December 4, 2009


Mark Sanchez limps to the locker room after injuring his right knee in the Jets 19-13 victory


I guess the Jets should ask Joe Girardi for a refund for those sliding lessons. Well, not exactly.    

The Jets defeated the Buffalo Bills 19-13 in Toronto Thursday night, keeping their playoff dreams alive at 6-6.  Sanchez threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards before hurting his right knee, and Darrelle Revis and the Jets swarming defense finished the job en route to a victory. Sanchez finished 7-of-15 for 104 yards in an abbreviated night that was a much better performance than his previous game against Buffalo, when he threw a season-worst five interceptions, including one that set up the winning field goal.  Nonetheless, he suffered another knee injury and that might hurt his chances of playing the rest of the season.  


The victory moved the Jets to within one game on the Patriots (7-4), but at what price?   

Revis got the best of Owens once again


Coach Rex Ryan said after the game that he thinks Sanchez suffered just a mild sprain, but the team will not fully know the details of the injury untill later today.      

“He’s got to understand that it’s in the organization’s best interests to slide, and that was disappointing,” said Ryan, who added it’s uncertain whether Sanchez will be able to play at Tampa Bay on Dec. 13. “I love the kid, but he’s got to grow up and understand that he represents our entire organization.”   

Is Rex brain-dead?  That was a great play by Sanchez, diving to get a first down.  You don’t slide there, because if you do, you don’t get the first down.  Get a clue, Rex.  

The Jets number two ranked defense did not let down after Sanchez left the game, holding the Bills to their lowest second-half offensive output since 1991 with 36 yards of total offense.    

Terrell Owens was lost out on Revis Island (NFL defensive player of the year anyone?) as he had just two receptions for 18 yards when Revis was covering him.  Entering Thursday’s game, Owens had 14 receptions for 293 yards and two TD’s in his last two games.     

“This is my first time going outside of the country. I got my passport for the first time,” Revis said. “It was a good time.”   

“I mean, what can you say that hasn’t been said about Revis,” said Ryan.  “He’s the best cornerback I’ve ever coached.”   

Thomas Jones did his part to ease the loss of Sanchez, rushing for 109 yards and leading a Jets’ ground attack that registered 249 yards. In two games against Buffalo, including a 16-13 overtime loss at the Meadowlands on Oct. 18, the Jets combined for 567 yards rushing.  WOW.   
“They had our number today,” Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “Very disappointing. We had opportunities all day. Just real disappointed with what happened out there.”

“We just didn’t get it done, bottom line,” head coach Fewell said. “But we had an opportunity to win the football game in the fourth quarter.   

The teams traded the lead three times in the first half. Down 10-9, the Jets went ahead for good when Sanchez scrambled out of trouble and hit Edwards over the middle with 44 seconds left in the half to cap a six-play, 86-yard touchdown drive.  Jay Feely hit four field goals, including a 49-yarder. Marshawn Lynch scored on a 15-yard run and Rian Lindell added two field goals, including a 49-yarder.

The Jets will play next on Sunday, Dec. 13 in Tampa Bay against the 1-11 Buccaneers.  If they can win that game, they have a decent shot at making the playoffs. I will not get my hopes up, however, because this is, of course, the Jets.  Kellen Clemens is awful, so if he has to play against the Bucs it is going to be tough to win.  But hey, crazier things have happened.   

I’ll leave you with a little ode to Darrelle Revis.   NFL, take notes.  


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