Gang Green improves to 6-6 with sloppy win over Buffalo; Sanchez hurt
While a victory was needed, it wasn't pretty and it came at a cost.
New York beat AFC East rival Buffalo on Thursday night in Toronto 19-13, but they also endured a scary moment when franchise quarterback Mark Sanchez went down with a knee injury during the third quarter after he dove headfirst on an 8 yard run and landed awkwardly. He was replaced in the game by backup Kellen Clemens.
There's no official word yet on Sanchez's condition, but it has been reported that he has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament. He may still be able to play going forward, depending on how well he can manage the pain.
He finished the game completing 7 of 15 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown to Braylon Edwards.
In other news, running back Thomas Jones racked up 109 rushing yards to lead the offense as the Jets sought to control the clock all game long.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis added another notch to his belt by shutting down Terrell Owens, allowing the superstar receiver only 31 yards on three catches. He also intercepted a pass late in the game to help seal the victory.
DE Shaun Ellis had an outstanding game, sacking Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick twice. LB David Harris also recorded a sack.
With the win, the Jets brought their record up to 6-6 and kept their fledgling playoff hopes alive. They take on Tampa Bay next week in another winnable contest, one they hope to have “The Sanchize” back for as Clemens was largely ineffective in his stint, taking three sacks in limited playing time. After the Buccaneers, the schedule becomes increasingly harder with tilts against Atlanta, Indianapolis and the resurgent Bengals.
Earlier in the season, the Jets lost several games in which they were favored.
Now, they'll have to “flip the script” in order to have any shot at glory.
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Written by Frank Mazzola