East Rutherford -- Yesterday’s Jets game was different, that’s for sure. The Jets blew a 23-7 lead in this game only to be down 24-23 and then a key pick late in the game seemed to spell doom for Gang Green. Houston tacked on a field goal to make it 27-23 and the fans were getting restless.
Somehow, the Texans didn’t get in the end zone, if they did, that would have iced the game but the Jets “D” had a rare hold and the Texans field goal was a 22-yarder, who knew that kick would cost Houston but it did.
More than half the stadium filed out when the Texans had the ball and there was 1:52 left in the game. After the kick, the Jets got the kickoff with 55 seconds left in the game and by the time the returner was tackled there was: 49 seconds left. So at this time Jets fans were watching the game on the multitude of flat screens outside and inside the stadium as they were filing out.
Nobody stopped watching the game, ok maybe a few did and they actually left, but most fans were huddled by the two flat screens by the gate watching the big plays unfold. The roar of the crowd could still be heard and by the time Sanchez connected with Santonio Holmes, a big man whom I’ve never met picked me up and bear hugged me while I was on the phone. It was a moment in time that really changed the Jets fans perspective on this season. They’ve escaped sure death the past three weeks and each time they’ve walked away with a win.
Jets kicker Nick Foulk missed his “big” kick and the Jets defense was mostly bad in the second half.
Those problems can’t be covered up even though the team has an 8-2 record.
To show you how bad it looked for the Jets, when the voice of the Jets radio broadcast called the LT five-yard run that only gained five yards while wasting 10 seconds on the clock and no timeouts, he seemed upset at the call and he pointed out these flaws and then the rest of the plays unfolded which led to the big touchdown.
Sanchez has now proven himself to be one of the best elusive QB’s in the game and he’s become very hard to sack and now he’s engineering big comebacks. When the Jets drafted him this is what they were hoping for and he’s paying big dividends.
The Jets are now tied with the Pats for the division lead and now have to play the Bengals on Thanksgiving eve. The fans are excited about the game but not the commute. Look for my full review of the new stadium, it may surprise you.
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