New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins Recap
October 18, 2015
After a poor first half, the Jets rallied for 24 straight points to beat the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had three touchdowns in an 11-minute span to give the Jets a 34-13 lead with 14:22 to play in the fourth quarter. The Jets moved to a surprising 4-1 on the season. Fitzpatrick finished 19-of-26 for 253 yards and had two passing and one rushing touchdowns. Meanwhile, Washington's Kirk Cousins finished just 25-of-43 for 196 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. The Jets' Chris Ivory had a huge game on the ground with 146 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets Recap
October 4, 2015
The Jets improved to a surprising 3-1 by beating the Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London. Chris Ivory was the game's biggest star, as the Jets running back gained 166 yards on 29 carries and scored a touchdown. Ivory fueled a 207-59 advantage on the ground against one of the NFL's worst rushing defenses. Ryan Fitzpatrick passed on only 40 percent of the Jets' plays and finished 16-of-29 for 218 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins actually averaged 5.4 yards per rushing play, but kept the ball on the ground only 11 times and got a poor performance from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill threw 25 incompletions and two interceptions.
New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles Recap
September 27, 2015
The New York Jets played host to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in what was a tale of two teams seemingly headed in totally opposite directions after the first two weeks of the 2015 NFL football season. The Jets had looked relatively impressive in their first pair of games, dominating the Cleveland Browns, and then knocking off a team from last year’s playoffs.
The unbeaten Jets shut down the Colts in Indianapolis using stellar defense to stymie the Colts high-powered offense. The Eagles on the other had looked otherwise horrible on both sides of the ball. A lethargic Chip Kelly coached team lost a heartbreaker week #1 one to Atlanta, and then looked completely out of sync in a divisional loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
With the vaunted Todd Bowles New York defense matched against a struggling offense, it seemed points might be at a premium in East Rutherford on this Sunday afternoon. To make things potentially worse for the offensive coordinators, both teams had banged up number one running backs in the Eagle’s DeMarco Murray, while the Jets had an active but gimpy Chris Ivory.
This gridiron battle essentially turned into a tale of two games within one. After New York sputtered right out of the gate with a three and out, the Eagles offense seemed to find their mojo by methodically driving 59 yards in 11 plays deep into Jets territory. The drive stalled though and Philadelphia had to settle for a 30 yard Cody Parkey field goal.
The teams alternated punts on the next four possessions with neither team able to hold the ball longer than a half dozen plays, never netting more than 20 yards of progress. Seemed the defenses were making the offenses look offensive.
Then, on the Jets third straight punt to start the game, the excitement started. It came in a pint-sized package known as Darren Sproles. The 5 foot 6 inch Sproles fielded the Jet punt at the 11-yard line, then weaved and dodged his way through the New York punt coverage for an 89 yard TD return.
While the New York offense continued to look pitiful in the 1st half, after a quick Jets 3 and out, the Eagles offense began to click. Philadelphia drove 75 yards in 8 plays for their second touchdown, then after the kickoff the Jets handed the ball right back when Brandon Marshall fumbled after a 15-yard reception on the first play of the New York drive. Philly answered quickly, navigating the 36 yards to the Jet’s end zone in 7 plays, culminated by Sproles second TD on the day from one yard out.
New York would seemingly out of panic, begin to move the football in their 2-minute offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 5 passes on the drive, the final a 16 yard connection with Brandon Marshall and the Jets were finally on the board, salvaging at least one drive in the 1st half. The Eagles went into the locker room boasting a huge 17-point advantage.
In the 2nd half, both teams seemed to suddenly forget how to play offense, at least successfully. The 3rd quarter was marked by seven straight drives, 6 lackluster offensive showings followed by punts, plus the first of 3 New York passes that the Eagle’s secondary would pick off.
Towards the end of the 3rd period the Jets seemed to come to life marching 81 yards in 16 plays, dominating nearly 9 minutes off the clock. As the New York drive stretched into the start of the 4th period, Fitzpatrick found Jeremy Kerley from the 7-yard line and the Jets had cut the once 24 point deficient to 10.
Ineptitude took over for the rest of the final period. Philadelphia would fumble on the 4th play of their next drive, only to have Fitzpatrick get picked off for the second time, 55 seconds later. 3 plays and 5 yards of more lackluster offense by the Eagles were followed by the 3rd Fitzpatrick interception.
Philadelphia tried to kill some time off the clock, but managed only 1 yard in 3 plays. New York seemed to bring the crowd to life for a few moments, following a 37-yard punt return. The Jets could manage only 16 yards and had to settle for a field goal as time was running down, to make it at least a one score game. The Eagles then managed to eat up the rest of the game clock, escaping East Rutherford with a one-touchdown victory, their first of the season.