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It wasn’t pretty, but the New York Jets did enough on both sides of the secure their fifth win of the season. New York had to dig down deep in an effort to overcome numerous injuries on the offensive line and in the secondary. In addition, kicker Nick Folk injured his quadriceps during warmups and gave all kicking duties to punter, Ryan Quigley. Ryan Fitzpatrick, injured thumb and all, was able to muster a competitive, winning effort and did not commit any turnovers.

New York’s defense returned to its ball-hawking ways, forcing three turnovers and registering five sacks. New York’s defensive line, which was led by Sheldon Richardson’s dominant effort, simply overpowered Jacksonville’s unit at the line of scrimmage. Monitor the progress of rookie linebacker, Lorenzo Mauldin. Mauldin was strictly utilized in pass rushing situations, but registered two key sacks.

From purely a statistical standpoint, Chris Ivory had one of the worst games for a running back in history. Ivory rushed 23 times for just 26 yards, which was an all-time low for a player with at least 23 carries. Ivory, however, was able to salvage his afternoon by scoring twice. While there were some injuries on the offensive line, namely to Nick Mangold and Willie Colon, Ivory is responsible for some of this ineptitude. Jacksonville’s run defense is fairly good, but it’s far from an all-time great unit that should limit Ivory.

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It was a tale of two halves, but the New York Jets came away with their fourth win of the 2015 season. New York was stuck in post-bye week funk for the first half and trailed 13-10 at halftime. New York, however, received big performance from Darrelle Revis and Brandon Marshall during the third quarter and scored 17 unanswered points to pull away.

Chris Ivory turned in another big-time performance, gashing Washington’s once-vaunted run defense for 196 total yards. Ivory’s toughness and vision were on full display throughout the game as he had little trouble ripping off big runs and beating defenders to edge. Ivory was also featured as a receiver and had an impressive 24-yard catch and run. Chan Gailey made a conscious effort to attack the edges instead of running towards Washington’s beefy interior. Credit Ivory for once again rising to the occasion.

Special teams play continues to be a bugaboo. One of one Ryan Quigley’s punts was blocked in the end zone and was recovered by Washington for a touchdown. Nick Folk missed a 49-yard field goal, which is a rarity for him. These miscues haven’t cost New York yet, but the team will need play a perfect game next weekend against New England.

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On Friday, we highlighted the New York Jets offense. Today, we’ll highlight their offensive line and special teams.

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If your name is Rex and you are associated with the NFL, Sunday was a good day for you. For starters, Mr. Grossman threw for 305 yards and 2 scores as his Washington Redskins topped the Giants, 28-14. Later on, Mr. Ryan watched his criminals team rally from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to top America’s Chokeartists, 27-24.

Going forward, expect more of the same from both teams. Here are three things that I noticed on Sunday..

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I Win This Time, Peyton.

Rex talked the talk and Rex backed it up. Rex Ryan won his third post-season road game in the last two years as the Jets topped the Colts, 17-16. After Adam Vinatieri nailed a 50-yard field goal to give the Colts 16-14 lead with 53 seconds to go, Antonio Cromartie ran the opening kickoff back 43 yards, putting the Jets back in business. Two key catches by Braylon Edwards, including a huge 18-yarder, put the Jets in field goal range. Nick Folk nailed a 32-yarder as time expired, giving the Jets an opportunity to take on their bitter rivals the New England Patriots next Sunday afternoon in Foxborough.

Head Scratching Moments:

00:29 4th Quarter: The Jets had the ball at the IND 32 with one timeout left and the Colts used their final timeout? I didn’t understand this at all. Essentially, the Colts gave the Jets two more plays instead of one. Following the IND timeout, a 18-yarder to Edwards gave Nick Folk a chip shot 32-yard field goal, sealing the Colts fate. If the Colts don’t take that timeout, Folk is looking at least at a 40-yard field goal.

Santonio’s Drop: On a huge 3rd and 5 with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Mark Sanchez threw a very catchable ball to Santonio Holmes for a first down. Holmes dropped the ball, setting up a punt. A Colt special team’s miscue gave the Jets a first down, bailing out Holmes.

Holmes is one of the more arrogant players in the league. Don’t dance, joke, and pose when you can’t catch a short five-yard out in the AFC Wild Card round.

Sanchez’s Accuracy: Sanchez made the critical throws on the Jets’ final drive (3/3 for 38 yards), but was otherwise sporadic (15/28 for 151 yards, 1 INT) before the game winning drive.

Good Moments for the Jets:

Revis Island: Is there a better defensive player in football? Revis held the Manning-Reggie Wayne combo to one yard tonight. Hard to believe the Jets played hardball with this guy during Training Camp.

Ground and Pound: The Jets basically did what I outlined earlier this week. Run the ball, keep Peyton off the field, and dominate the clock. The Jets out-rushed the Colts, 169 to 93 and won the possession battle (33:07 to 26:53). The Jets illustrated both of these facets during a nine-minute, third quarter drive, capped off by a two-yard LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown run.

With The Win….: A minor detail, but worth noting. With the win, the Jets will send a second round pick to San Diego as part of the Cromartie trade. If the Jets lost, they would only surrender a third rounder. I’m sure this is at the fore front of Rex’s mind right now.

Rex Ryan: As much as I hate the guy, I gotta give him credit. He has now won three road playoff games in three different venues over the last two seasons. He talked the talk all week. His team beat the Colts. They were the better team today. His biggest test will come next Sunday afternoon…

What’s Next?

The Jets will now have eight days to prepare for a monster showdown in Foxborough against the Patriots. The two teams split the season series, each winning on their home turf. The Patriots crushed the Jets during their Week 13 showdown, 45-3. Tom Brady threw for 326 yards and four scores in the rout. Rex took some shots at the Pats during the week, so expect the battle-tested, brash coach to light a fire under his squad this week.

Expected Line: New England by 7.5

A loss by the Jacksonville Jaguars paved the way for the New York Jets at the end of Week 16, clinching them their second consecutive playoff berth. It’s been quite the rollercoaster ride for Gang Green, starting the year strong at 9-2, but then finishing the season 2-3 in their final five games. At first it seemed they could land the top seed spot, but an embarrassing loss to New England in Week 13 completely changed the course of their season. Instead, the Jets are heading into the playoffs as the sixth seed ready to face Peyton Manning and the Colts. But how ready are they? Can Rex Ryan and the Jets live up to all the hype they’ve raised this past season?

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