It took the NY Jets more than three quarters to recognize they were playing the Washington Redskins, but thankfully it happened.Â After trading scores with the Redskins through three quarters, Mark Sanchez orchestrated another clutch fourth quarter comeback.Â The 34-19 win has allowed the Jets to keep pace with the Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans, and Oakland Raiders for the final AFC wild card spot.
– Aaron Maybin, defensive end, has been a breakout star this season.Â Against Washington, his stats read as follows: 2 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble; which was a major turning point of the game.Â Coming off of two disappointing seasons in Buffalo in which he failed to record a sack, he currently leads the Jets in sacks and forced fumbles with 6 and 4; respectively. Â The Maryland native has adjusted well, indicating he has the potential to be a top pass rusher in the league.
– I’m going to spin a negative into a positive, here.Â The defense continues to have its problem; not only defending the run, but also stopping tight ends.Â For the majority of the game, rookie Roy Helu seemed unstoppable.Â He finished with 100 yards and 1 TD for the day; while Fred Davis was one yard shy of the century mark himself.Â However, defensively, the Jets made some effective in-game adjustments that forced Rex Grossman to beat them in the air, which he’s completely incapable of doing.
– Offensively, the up and down play of the team continues.Â In the first quarter, Mark Sanchez (19/32, 165 yards, 1 TD) had a terrific 17-play drive which resulted in a touchdown.Â Shortly thereafter, however, the Jets stalled and were hardly able to convert on third down, going 4/13 on the day.Â But with the help of the Jets defense, the game remained within reach allowing Sanchez to stage another comeback.Â Although, the biggest improvement over last week is zero turnovers and only one close call from Sanchez.Â A lot of credit is owed to the offensive line.Â They offered solid protection which allowed Sanchez to stay on his feet all day, save for the late hit by Kevin Barnes.Â The brick wall also benefited Greene who broke loose for 88 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns.
– Brian Schottenheimer’s play calling continues to be stupefying.Â Seven wildcat plays, which led to 26 yards and 1 touchdown.Â Not exactly what I would call effective.Â But there’s one sequence of plays that should really have Jets brass scratching their heads.Â In the fourth quarter, Greene rushed for 9 yards on a 1st down.Â Then, the next two plays called were pass plays, which the Jets failed to convert.Â The result?Â You guessed it…three and out.Â What is the rationale behind that?Â That is just one example of a season-long list of bad calls.Â Despite the Jets reportedly offering him a contract extension during the offseason, he must go regardless of the Jets’ playoff fate.
– Special teams, special teams, special teams.Â I think it’s officially safe to say that Mike Westhoff’s unit is the weakest link, yes even weaker than the offense.Â Nick Folk missed another field goal, this time an easy 40-yarder.Â And believe it or not, the Jets also accrued another muffed punt courtesy of Jeremy Kerley.Â The Jets now have the illustrious dishonor of leading the league in special team turnovers with six.Â SIX!Â Needless to say, Kerley was subsequently pulled and replaced with Jim Leonhard, the only guy who seems capable of making a catch these days.Â While Leonhard won’t gain a ton of yards on a return, he also won’t have a costly turnover which leads to gimme points.Â Fortunately both miscues didn’t impact the outcome of the game, but it’s still frustrating as hell.
Next week the Jets continue to benefit from a weak schedule as they face the 5-7 Kansas City Chiefs.Â Kyle Orton, who the Chiefs picked up off waivers a couple of weeks ago left the game with a finger injury on his only play for the Chiefs.Â Tyler Palko is expected to get the start.Â In other words, this should definitely be another easy win for the Jets, but true Jets fans know to expect the unexpected with these guys.Â The continued inconsistency of the Jets D may allow Kansas City to hang in the game a little longer than they should, but the game will eventually end with a Jets win.