On Sunday the New York Jets visited St. Louis to face the Rams, who feature a handful of former Jets players as well as former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. They emerged with a solid victory, 27-13, that centered around three Rams turnovers and none by the Jets that helped lead to the win.
The Jets received the kickoff and started driving with Shonn Greene running 10 yards to left. Then Mark Sanchez targeted Chaz Schilens for eight yards and another first down after a short run by Greene. More runs by Greene including nearly nine yards would get them yet another first down. Sanchez would have the ball knocked out of his hand, and fortunately recover it but it would force the Jets to punt. The Rams would drive and would get down to fourth and goal inside the five, when Sam Bradford found a wide open Brandon Gibson in the back of the end zone for the opening score, as confusion in secondary allowed two Rams to be wide open. Joe McKnight returned the subsequent kickoff to the 36 yard line. Sanchez found Clyde Gates for 10 yards after he suffered a sack. Sanchez found McKnight on a pass play for 18 yards to get a first down. The drive would stall but Nick Folk connected from 51 yards to make the score 7-3.
Shortly into the period Eric Smith intercepted Bradford inside the Rams 15 yard line. Sanchez found Jeff Cumberland for seven on third and long. Nick Folk attempted a 26-yard field goal but it was blocked by Janoris Jenkins, marking the second time in three games that it has happened to the Jets. Kyle Wilson got the punt return duties all day and returned the Rams punt to just shy of the 35 yard line. Joe McKnight for eight yards on second down would give the Jets a first down. Sanchez finally found Dustin Keller with a completion to the 45 yard line, but came up four yards shy of a first down. Then the Jets tried another punt fake with Tim Tebow shoveling a pass to Lex Hilliard, who was stopped immediately as the Rams defensive front seven was still on the field. Muhammad Wilkerson stripped Sam Bradford and Bart Scott recovered, running it back inside the 30 yard line. Greene ran three yards to 25 yard line then Sanchez found Schilens for the touchdown to front right corner of end zone. The Jets would get the ball back once more before the half when Sanchez hit Jeremy Kerley on second and 16 for 32 yards. Bilal Powell got seven more on pass play from Sanchez. Nick Folk connected again from 51 yards to give Jets a 13-7 lead at half time.
After the Rams punted from receiving the second half kickoff the Jets would see Greene run to the right for a 14-yard gain. The Jets would spread the ball around and get another first down but be forced to punt. When they got the ball back again, Sanchez ran a keeper play to right for about eight yards, then Greene got the rest needed for a first down. Sanchez hit Keller again for another first down. Bilal Powell ran for one, but Schilens got nine more on pass play from Sanchez for yet another first down. Powell gained seven yards on next two carries, but Sanchez found Konrad Reuland open for 19 more, as he was open in left flat on play action pass.
From 11 yards out on third and goal, Powell ran it in for his first career touchdown on a underneath handoff from Sanchez. The Jets were now up 20-7. Garrett McIntyre would recover a fumble by Daryl Richardson that was knocked out by LaRon Landry. Sanchez on a screen pass to Powell for nine yards gained them a first down. Powell would run it in again for another touchdown. Bradford would find Gibson again for another touchdown on Rams subsequent drive to trim lead to 27-13 as the two point conversion failed. Dustin Keller would recover the Rams onside kick attempt. The Rams would turn the ball over on downs to Jets and they would eventually attempt a 44-yard field goal that was missed by Folk. It seemed that Malone may not have gotten the ball down cleanly on the snap from Tanner Purdum.
Now the Jets return home on a short week to face the New England Patriots Thanksgiving night, and they will hopefully play the same type of solid football they played Sunday. The Jets were bolstered with the news that Rob Gronkowski would not be playing in the game after breaking his forearm late in Patriots win versus the Colts.
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