Staying alive- Jets remain in playoff hunt with lopsided win

December 14, 2009


Thomas Jones had two touchdowns on Sunday


Kellen Clemens looked awful throwing the ball, but looked great handing it off as the Jets ran away with a 26-3 victory in Tampa.  

Thomas Jones had 99 rushing yards and two touchdowns (his third multi-TD game of the season) to help the Jets to their third straight victory after they dropped their previous 3 games. New York has rushed for 100-plus yards in 10 straight games, its longest streak since doing so in 13 straight games in 1981.

The star of the game might have been Jay Feely who went 4-for-5 on field goals, including three from 40-plus yards.  Those field goals were enough as the Jets No. 1 ranked defense held Tampa Bay to just 135 total yards and 0-for-14 on third-down conversions while picking off Josh Freeman three times.

The key stat for Kellen Clemens was zero turnovers, as he was able to manage the game without hurting his team. 

“I feel good about it, but I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t come in with a little bit higher expectations,” Clemens said after completing 12-of-23 passes for 111 yards and no interceptions.

“I did what was necessary — no turnovers and made good decisions in the run game, got us in and out of a couple of plays that we didn’t want to be in. So, I did my job. I don’t think I blew the top off of anything, but I did what was required.”  

Receiver Brad Smith had the Jets’ longest completion of the day — 27 yards — when he threw to Eric Smith on a fake punt play.”I thought Kellen did a great job in the huddle. I thought he did a great job of making the plays when he needed to make them,” Jones said. “It’s his first game in a long time, so I thought he played well. Hopefully, he can continue to get better each week.”  

Jets coach Rex Ryan said there’s a chance Sanchez may be able to return from a knee sprain next week against Atlanta.”We’ll see how it goes. I’ve got confidence in Kellen, obviously, but we’ll see how Mark is when we get back,” Ryan said. “I think he’ll be ready to go, but I’m not sure.”

The Jets are now in a four-team tie for the final wild-card spot, but would miss out on tie-breakers.  The Jets seemingly still have to win out, and hope Jacksonville and Miami lose one more game.   

Gang Green returns home next Sunday to take on the Atlanta Falcons. Game time is 1 pm.   


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