Jets Week 15 Review

Posted: December 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

The New York Jets flew into Dallas, Texas for a Saturday night clash with the Dallas Cowboys, one day ahead of the rest of the leagues Sunday slate. The end result was a hard fought, and at times ugly 19-16 win that kept the Jets win streak alive at 4, and at the same time mathematically finally put the Dallas Cowboys out of their misery, and eliminated them from the woeful
NFC East playoff race.

As Ryan Fitzpatrick said it was “tough sledding” all night for the Jets offense. The game was a litany of mistakes. From a fourth and 1 that was stuffed at the Dallas 3 yard line, to a missed extra point, to a missed field goal (after a penalty negated a made field goal) at the expiration of the first half. For the majority of the 60 minutes, the Jets did exactly the things you need to do to keep a bad football team in the game and eventually lose. Early in the game the Cowboys turned to their current backup quarterback in Kellen Moore. He led one touchdown drive and had the Cowboys leading 13-9 into the fourth quarter.

The Jets led the turnover battle by a 3-1 count as they were trailing by 4 to a last place team. Eventually, Fitzpatrick would find Eric Decker for a three yard touchdown connection to put the Jets up 16-13. Kellen Moore would overcome a 1st and 25 to get the Cowboys to a 50 yard field goal attempt at the 2 minute warning. Dan Bailey hit the upright but squeezed it through for the Cowboys to tie the game. Fitzpatrick and the Jets offense took over on their own 20 and had to convert a 3rd and 1 on a Fitzpatrick keeper to keep the drive alive. He fumbled the ball, but on the official review was deemed downed by contact, and it was extremely close. On the very next play, Fitzpatrick connected with a streaking Kenbrell Thompkins up the right sideline for a 43 yard connection, to put the Jets inside the Dallas 25 yard line with 49 seconds left. Three running plays later, with Dallas using all its timeouts, kicker Reggie Bullock lined up for the lead. And no doubt, with thoughts of an earlier missed field goal and a missed extra point in his head, Bullock drilled the 39 yarder with 36 seconds left to give the Jets the 19-16 lead.

The Jets defense would then pick off a long, aired out pass from Kellen Moore, for their fourth turnover and the game clincher. It wasn’t pretty, it was not as scripted, but it was a prime time road victory. It puts the Jets at 9-5, still with absolutely no control of their playoff destiny. But it kept them in the race nonetheless. And as a fan you have to say to yourself, this team has become fun to watch. They have won games down the stretch here that Jets team have always found a way to lose in their troubled existence. And even though they could pull out huge victories against the Patriots and the Bills the next two weeks and still miss the playoffs, they have given their fans something fun and something meaningful to watch in December. The team was 5-5 and had basically nothing to fight for, now they are 9-5 and fighting for everything. The fight continues next week, against the old familiar foe, Brady and Belichick and the rest of the Patriots. On to week 16…..alive and kicking.

– Rob DiToma

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