Staying alive: Jets fly by Rams

Any thought that Gang Green's locker room is becoming divided was put to bed with an impressive team win on Sunday.

It had been 35 days since the New York Jets tasted victory, but Rex Ryan and company finally saw the fruits of their labor on Sunday in St. Louis. Behind a bruising ground game, quarterback Mark Sanchez connected with nine different receivers for 178 yards including a 25-yard touchdown to Chaz Schilens in the second quarter to put the Jets ahead to stay.

Most impressively, Sanchez made good on 15-of-20 pass attempts producing a season-high 75 percent completion percentage. For the first time since a Week 6 win over the Indianapolis Colts the Jets did not commit a turnover, while Ryan's defensive unit forced two fumbles and intercepted St. Louis' gunslinger Sam Bradford.

It was an inauspicious start to the contest for Gang Green as St. Louis took its opening drive 86 yards on 13 plays punctuated by a one yard touchdown fling to wide receiver Brandon Gibson. Trailing 7-0, the Jets' faced the prospect of a four-game losing streak and a potential loss to former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who was jettisoned from New York just a season ago.

Sanchez refused to let his team's postseason hopes die in the Gateway to the West and rallied his unit for 27 unanswered points before St. Louis added a window dressing touchdown to make it 27-13 with 5:43 remaining in the game. The Green-and-White prevailed and now find themselves right in the thick of things in the AFC playoff picture.

As the Jets prepare for their primetime matchup with the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving Day, another win could serve to propel a team whose playoff chances were left for dead prior to Week 11.

JetsInsider.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


Tweets