The Jets’ 26-20 overtime victory over the Browns on Sunday made them the first NFL team to win consecutive overtime road games on consecutive weeks.
So what does that say about the 7-2 AFC East leaders? Either they’re on an incredible lucky streak, or they really do have the stuff of winners. After all, winners overcome adversity, and the Jets have conquered enough of that for their best start since they went 8-1 in 1986.
“I just think that’s what good teams do,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said.
For all his problems off the field, wide receiver Santonio Holmes has become a hero, first helping to set up Nick Folk for his winning, overtime field goal in Detroit with a 52-yard catch, and then running 37 yards for the winning score with just 16 seconds left in overtime on Sunday.
But the biggest kudos Monday went to Jerricho Cotchery. Ryan called Cotchery’s 10-yard catch on third-and-9 in overtime — only seconds after he suffered a slight tear in his groin — one of the gutsiest plays Ryan had ever seen. Mark Sanchez’ winning throw didn’t come until two possessions later, but Ryan said the catch by Cotchery, who could miss two games, exemplified the Jets’ grit.
“When you see all of your teammates laying it on the line, it makes you take your game to another level as well,” Ryan said.
Cotchery said he may return sooner than anyone thinks.
“I’m doing a lot better than I was [Sunday] night,” Cotchery said. "I’m feeling pretty optimistic about it right now.”