Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sloppy Jets find a way to defeat Washington


Once again it wasn't pretty for the New York Jets. They turned it over three times, had a punt blocked for a touchdown, and gave up 20 points to the Redskins all on turnovers; yet New York still found a way to double up Washington, taking the contest by a score of 34-20 to improve to 4-1.

Winning ugly has been the norm for the Jets this year. They won ugly in Indianapolis in Week 2, and played horribly in the fourth quarter of their London game against the Dolphins, and still won that game. 4-1 is nice but if the Jets are going to be serious, especially next week in New England, they have to play 1000 times better than they have this year.

In the first half, the Jets did everything in their power to give the Redskins the football game. First Eric Decker fumbled away what would have been a sure first down into the hands of the Skins at the Jets 38. Seven plays later, Kirk Cousins was able to connect with Pierre Garcon, who peeled off of Darrelle Revis for a 2-yard score, and a 7-0 Washington lead.

Give credit to the Jets, they came back with a heavy dose of Chris Ivory who was in on seven of the Jets 11-play scoring drive to tie the game at seven. Ivory would score the game-tying touchdown on a one-yard plunge.

Then, the mistakes propped up once again for the Jets. A fumble by Brandon Marshall at the Washington 45, gave renewed life to the Redskins, who quickly got into field goal range for the tying field goal.

Right before the half, Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was intercepted by Bashaurd Breeland, which helped the Redskins set up another field goal to take 13-10 lead.

In short it was ugly. The Jets looked ill-prepared and out of sync from their long bye week. Whatever Todd Bowles said to them at the half must have been the greatest halftime speech in memory, because the Jets came out of the locker room on fire, scoring the next 24 points, and taking full control of a game they should have won easily from the outset.

After the Jets opened the second half with a field goal to tie it at 13, Darrelle Revis' interception of Cousins provided the turning point New York needed. On the next play, Ryan Fitzpatrick did his best Michael Vick impression dashing into the end zone from 18-yards out to give the Jets a 20-13 lead.

On the next Jets possession, Marshall made up for his gaff earlier in the game with a tremendous catch behind the back of the corner. Marshall stutter stepped after making the catch and raced into the end zone for the score and a 27-13, Jets lead.

New York closed out the scoring on a two-yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to Eric Decker with 14:18 to go in the game. For Decker it was the fifth straight game by which he had a touchdown catch for the Jets.

Fitzpatrick was solid, completing 19 of 26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Ivory was the star of the show, gashing the Redskins for 146 yards and a score on 20 carries.

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