Regardless of whether head coach Rex Ryan still has a job at the end of this season he can be proud of his team after Sunday’s victory.
The New York Jets played with passion as the team defeated the Cleveland Browns 24-13.
Before the game there were reports that Ryan told his team he may not be back next season and that he wanted a full effort from his guys. They gave him that and more.
After trailing 10-0 early in the contest, New York took control and it was all uphill from there. Quarterback Geno Smith may have salvaged his rookie season with this game. Smith’s performance was one of his best this year as he completed 20 of 36 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
With nine minutes remaining and the Jets up by four points, New York took over possession at its own 20-yard line. Smith looked poised as he led his team on a six-minute clock-eating drive, which included two third-down completions. On the final play of the drive Smith dropped back to pass, but saw a huge hole down the middle of the field and decided to run. He scampered seventeen yards into the end zone to give the Jets a comfortable 11-point lead.
New York’s defense did a solid job of stopping Jason Campbell and the Browns’ offense. Cornerback Dee Milliner was beat a few times by wide receiver Josh Gordon, but the rookie made a great play on the ball in the third quarter and came away with his first career interception. Veteran safety Ed Reed chipped in by also intercepting a Campbell pass late in the fourth quarter.
For a team that knows it’s not making the playoffs the Jets sure came out looking like they meant business. Every player played like a professional and won this game not only for themselves and their coach, but also for all of their fans. Those who were in attendance were jumping up and down, and for at least one day they were able to forget about all the frustration this team has provided this season.
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Written by Matt Brody