Just What the Doctor Ordered
Originally Aired: Monday, October 24, 2011. This is a part of the 93-Second Sports Shot series. 93-Second Sports Shots air weekday evenings at 6pm.
Sunday’s win against the San Diego Chargers was exactly what the New York Jets needed. The defense showed they could shut down a high quality offense- Philip Rivers, one of the most feared quarterbacks in the NFL, was held to less than 180 passing yards, while the Jets’ D held San Diego to under 100 yards rushing.
On the other side of the ball, they proved that they still could ground and pound the football, which they had not been able to do the entire year. Shonn Greene ran for 112 yards, slashing through a San Diego run defense that was neutralized by a Jets offensive line that focused on a downhill running scheme and double-teaming. Plaxico Burress finally showed that he is the red zone threat that the Jets were hoping for when they signed him, catching 3 touchdown passes from Mark Sanchez inside the Chargers’ four-yard line.
It isn’t even halfway through the season, but the Jets are still relevant in the AFC playoff picture and they showed that they are able beat quality teams. Had they lost yesterday, they would have been 3-4 and most people would have written off their playoff hopes. However, the Jets have a tough schedule ahead. Despite playing the lowly teams like the Dolphins and Broncos, the Jets must face the surprising Bills twice, New England once more, the dangerous Eagles, and the New York Giants. Even though their win yesterday allowed them to stay in the playoff race, the Jets need to win more games against top-notch opponents to even think of a playoff berth.