Days after Rex Ryan declared the Jets “desperate” for a win, his players responded with a 27-13 road victory over the Rams yesterday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
Behind an impressive showing from quarterback Mark Sanchez (15-for-20, 178 yards), two 51-yard field goals by kicker Nick Folk and two rushing scores from Bilal Powell, the Jets improved to 4-6.
And now the Jets have some much-needed momentum heading into their Thanksgiving Night showdown with New England.
Aside from those three standouts, however, Ryan’s club didn’t look all that impressive.
Luckily for him, however, Jeff Fisher’s Rams were an even bigger disaster. Despite a blocked Folk field goal and a failed Tim Tebow fake punt, the Rams derailed their own momentum.
Case in point: Chris Givens’ potential 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter being nullified by a Rams’ holding penalty.
It was a lucky break for the Jets, who, minutes earlier, had taken their first lead of the game thanks to their defensive pressure. With 5:24 left in the quarter, Muhammad Wilkerson strip-sacked Sam Bradford and the ball was recovered by Bart Scott. Despite nursing a hyperextended toe for weeks, Scott scampered upfield 38 yards to put the Jets on the Rams’ 15.
It took the Jets just two plays and 41 seconds to find the end zone, as Sanchez threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chaz Schilens to make it 10-7.
Schilens’ score gave the Jets their first lead since their overtime loss in New England on Oct. 21 — a span of 17 possessions. After a scoreless third quarter for both teams, the Jets scored in the first 44 seconds of the final quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Powell.
The 23-point lead was the Jets’ largest since they went up 35-9 in the fourth quarter against the Colts in Week 6.