The Jets, mired in an ugly three-game losing streak, finally showed some of their heart and talent on Sunday, took out the St.Louis Rams 27-13 to break their losing ways.
Mark Sanchez played well, and the offense was turnover free, and finally played with a little bit of attitude after looking bad the past few weeks.
Sanchez went 15 for 20 passing for 178 yards and a touchdown. The Jets dominated the Rams on defense as well.
Bilal Powell ran for the first two touchdowns of his career, Chaz Schilens scored on a 25-yard reception and Nick Folk kicked a pair of 51-yard field goals for the Jets (4-6), who were outscored 58-16 the previous two games.
The Jets overcame a tumultuous practice week with several anonymous players quoted in a newspaper report disparaging the ability of Tebow, who had a handful of snaps but was no factor.
Brandon Gibson caught a pair of short touchdown passes for the Rams (3-6-1), who committed three turnovers and are in an 0-4-1 slump. St. Louis’ defense hasn’t forced a turnover in five straight games, tying the NFL’s longest such slump since 1950 according to STATS LLC.
The Rams were favored for the first time this season, a 3.5 point pick coming off an impressive outing in a 24-24 tie at San Francisco a week earlier to beat a team that had been sliding. They’ve lost two straight at home — three in a row counting a blowout loss to the Patriots in London — after a 3-0 start.
The Jets, moving past blowout losses at Seattle and against Miami, led 13-7 at the half and put it away with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Konrad Reuland‘s 18-yard catch to the 5, the longest of his career, set up Powell’s 5-yard run for a 20-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. Powell, who was questionable after sustaining a concussion against the Seahawks last week, shared carries with Shonn Greene and added an 11-yard TD run that made it 27-7 midway through the fourth quarter.
Gibson’s 1-yard catch capped an 86-yard drive on the first possession and his 2-yard grab cut the deficit to 27-13 with 5:40 to go with the Rams failing on a 2-point conversion pass.
Otherwise, Sam Bradford had little success against the Jets secondary while going 23 for 44 for 170 yards with an interception.
It’s a win the Jets will gladly take as they get set for a Thanksgiving game vs the Patriots at home.