They're a.500 team for the first time since Week 2 last season, as they overcame a calamitous fourth quarter on Sunday to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime, 23-20, at MetLife Stadium. They got lucky because the Jaguars outcollapsed the Jets, but rebuilding teams shouldn't have to apologize for wins.
Jeremy Kerley returned the punt nine yards, and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Paul Posluszny gave the Jets the ball on the Jaguars' 25.
But a lateral by McCown was scooped up by Myles Jack for a 81-yard fumble recovery touchdown and an interception in the final minutes put the Jaguars on the doorstep of a game-winning touchdown.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone agreed, but wasn't sure about the call on his player. "I hit it, made one defender miss and I took it to the house". "That's way out of character. I said, 'You realize it was on 51?' That might be the first one he's ever had in his life". The Jaguars are tied with Tennessee and Houston at 2-2 in the division.
"That's something we practiced throughout training camp", Powell said.
The defense swarmed Jay Cutler last week, can they do it again to Blake Bortles? We're going out there and we're playing.
He misfired on several throws, and was constantly rushed by the Jets' defense. Instead of starting a losing streak, the Jaguars thumped the Ravens in London, 44-7.
A pretty nice way to get his first career touchdown.
Early in the game, it was the Jets' run game that stood out.
NY gained 82 yards and a touchdown with just two carries on the offense's opening possession of the second half. "Period", Ealy said. "We always want to play up, and that's our mentality on defense, and I just had an opportunity to make a play on the ball".
Bilal Powell scored on a 75-yard TD run which was the second longest in team history.
Well, no, if anything, they were extremely lucky to survive Sunday's game. "(If) I didn't do that, maybe there's a different result".
The Jaguars attempted to get back on the board on their next drive, but a missed field goal by Myers killed any momentum Jacksonville was able to cultivate.
WR Robby Anderson led all receivers with 59 yards and a long of 41. The defense shut down the Dolphins, holding them to 30 yards rushing and limiting Miami running back Jay Ajayi to 16 yards on the ground.
"It's not the same Jets team it has been in the past", said Ealy, who didn't discuss his sister's death after the game. Just like he did against the Jags on that touchdown run, he will also separate himself from the pack soon enough.