Gang Green comes out of Queen City with surprising win; Greene, Sanchez shine
A friend of mine read my previous entry, the preview of yesterday's game, and asked me why I was down on the Jets chances. “Don't you believe in your team?” he asked.
Well, after years of abuse where I learned not to trust whomever plays in the Green and White to deliver the performance they were capable of in any given game, I'm sure starting to.
Rookie running back Shonn Greene stole the show on Saturday, rushing for 135 yards and a touchdown, keying the Jets' 24-14 victory over the hometown Bengals in the Wild Card game. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was efficient, completing 12 of 15 passes for 182 yards, a touchdown to Dustin Keller (for whom I have been shouting from the rooftops that the Jets get him involved nearly the entire season) and, most importantly, no interceptions.
As for the defense, once again, Darrelle Revis further cemented his reputation as the best shutdown cornerback in the league as he completely muffled Cincinnati's Chad Ochocinco, allowing the garrolous receiver a mere two catches and 28 receiving yards. Revis also intercepted one of Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer's passes while the pass rush sacked him three times.
In fact, the only warning bells this game set off was the fact the Jets allowed Cincinnati's Cedric Benson to slice through like a hot knife would through soft butter as the running back racked up 169 yards in the loss.
The Jets will have to wait for Sunday's result between the Ravens and the Patriots to find out whom they will be playing next week (either Indianapolis or San Diego). Either team will certainly be favored, but the Jets are starting to relish their identity as underdogs.
It suits them just fine.
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Written by Frank Mazzola