Some words that pop to mind when describing the drama that ensued as the Jets narrowly beat the Houston Texans last Sunday:
Gang Green overcame blowing a 16 point lead in the fourth quarter and eventually walked away with a win over the Texans. Once again, Santonio Holmes provided the late game heroics by scoring on a 6 yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez.
Jets fans who are annoyed that their team put them through such bouts of anxiety should just remember that it wasn’t very long ago that New York used to routinely lose these types of games.
Sanchez took another big step towards proving he has legitimately arrived in this league by throwing for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns. His lone interception was the result of him having his arm hit by a Texans defender.
It’s a good thing that Sanchez has improved, however, because the running game is still sputtering. LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene could only combine for 78 total rushing yards again the porous Houston defense. Greene also lost an untimely fumble that led to a touchdown.
Darrelle Revis shut down superstar wide receiver Andre Johnson, but backup tight end Joel Dreesen was allowed to rack up 106 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Also, running back Arian Foster punched the ball in twice.
The 8-2 Jets now get to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Thanksgiving night and coach Rex Ryan will have to put his team on notice in terms of having a let down. The Bengals may be reeling right now, but they aren’t exactly going to roll over and die. Gang Green will need to put forth a concentrated effort to win.
Oh…they should also try to play a full sixty minutes of football as well. Their fans will have full stomachs and really won’t need to have them upset by another “thrilling” finish.
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Written by Frank Mazzola