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Another Setback; Smart Play by the Jags Leads to 24-22 Jets Setback


The defense of the Jets crumbled again, and because of it the team is now under .500 as the Jaguars used a heads up play by Maurice Jones-Drew to set up a chip shot field goal for Josh Scobee as the Jags beat the Jets 24-22. Jones-Drew deliberately fell down so the Jaguars could run time off the clock before the Scobee kicked the game-winner on the final play of the game. He went down at the 1-yard line, and set up the kick that won the game and pushed the Jags to 5-4 for a key win.

The Jets have gone the opposite way of where they should be going. They have lost five of their last six, and possibly the defense finally reached their lowest point as they allowed Jacksonville to go from their 20 all the way to the doorstep of the Jets goal-line as time expired as the Jags kicked the game-winner.

The Jets rallied from a 21-10 deficit, going ahead with 5:04 remaining in the game on a 1-yard touchdown leap by Thomas Jones. It culminated a huge 17-play drive that covered 77 yards, and it included three big third-down conversions and a fourth-down conversion.

“Now we’re 4-5 and we’re not impressive,” wide receiver Braylon Edwards said. “We’re not scaring anybody. We’re not intimidating anybody coming onto the field, so that 3-0 start is a wash. That’s over with.”

What could have been the biggest letdown of the day was how the Jags were able to go the distance to win the game. Jones-Drew and company combined with some big plays by Jags QB David Garrard to get them to where they needed to go to get the winning kick. Jones-Drew had 123 yards on 24 carries, becoming the first player to rush for 100 or more yards against the Jets this season. Garrard was 16 of 26 for 221 yards and a touchdown to Mike Sims-Walker, and also ran for a score.

“We came on the road and got this win. That’s two in a row on our belts. That’s big for us,’’ Jaguars CB Rasheen Mathis said. “The month of November is when teams make their runs and we’re 2-0 in November. Teams have to set the stage for December. If you’re not able to do that in November, then December doesn’t matter.’’

“We spent all of our room for error. It’s ridiculous,” Jets coach Rex Ryan. “We’re barely breathing for the playoffs. We’re going to find out what kind of men we have in this locker room and I know the kind of guys we have. I believe in the character of our football team, and I know New England is going to get all we have. We’ll see if it’s good enough.”

Mark Sanchez was 16-for-30 for 212 yards with a TD and two picks. The Jets offense put up 322 yards as Thomas Jones led the way on the ground with 77 yards. If the Jets are going to make the playoffs, they are going to need to get back to playing good football – now.


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