Where was Muhammad Wilkerson?
According to the CBS broadcast, the Jets’ star defensive end was benched for the entire first quarter because he was late to a morning meeting and was “fined and warned” for his tardiness. After the game, however, neither he nor Todd Bowles would confirm or deny the report.
“It’s in-house,” Wilkerson said.
Bowles said: “It’s a coach’s decision. Obviously, Mo’s one of our best players, and we respect him a lot. It’s something we handled in-house.”
Told of CBS’ report, Bowles said: “Well, again, that was something we handled in-house and we didn’t put that out there.”
Asked if it was difficult to watch from the sideline, Wilkerson said: “It’s professional business. Whenever my name was called to go in, I just have to do my job.”
Did Woody Johnson really do the “Dab”?
Sunday’s win over the Giants was so big, the Jets’ owner couldn’t resist showing off his, er, dance moves in the locker room. With an assist from linebacker Demario Davis, who showed how the “Dab” is done, Johnson (awkwardly) attempted to do the dance move that’s been made popular by Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. To the delight of his players, Johnson “dabbed” three times.
What did Bilal Powell say about his big day?
After missing a month with an ankle sprain, the Jets’ No. 2 running back picked the right time to have a breakout performance. Powell caught a career-high eight passes for 91 yards, including a 25-yard catch-and-run TD that tied the score at 10.
“I always sit back and wait for my number to be called, and when it’s called, I just try to take full advantage of the opportunity,” Powell told Newsday.
On his TD, he caught a screen pass and scampered up the middle past at least four defenders. In the end zone, he raised his hands and went to one knee. “I love the game, so when you play this game, it’s emotional,” he said. “It was a big drive that we had. Every opportunity counts.”
Any injuries we should know about?
Bayville’s Mike Catapano got his first sack of the season, but the defensive end was carted to the locker room with a foot injury. He’ll undergo X-rays, according to Bowles . . . Slot receiver/returner Jeremy Kerley left the game with a migraine . . . Safety Calvin Pryor suffered a stinger . . . Brandon Marshall was spotted after the game with his shoulder wrapped. Asked about his latest injury, the receiver joked: “It was an upper body. Upper body. A little Belichick right there, right?”
How does an entire bench get flagged for a penalty?
Easily, thanks to Willie Colon’s mouth. The Hofstra alum, who is on injured reserve, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for exchanging words with Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. “He was out of the lined box behind the 30-yard line,” Bowles said of the 15-yard penalty. “So you get flagged if you do that, especially if you’re not in uniform. But we took care of that.”
Was it weird being the visiting team at MetLife Stadium?
It was pretty annoying for Marshall, who wasn’t allowed to drive into the stadium the way he usually does. “I was a little [ticked] off when I tried to take my normal route and they’re like, ‘Oh, sorry, Brandon, you’re a visitor, you have to go this way,’ ” he said. “I didn’t want to create a headline before the game fighting with security and stuff, so I just had to walk all the way around the stadium.”