Tank Canceled: Jets grab 2nd win after defeating Jags in OT

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Oct 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets punter Lac Edwards (4) celebrates the winning overtime field goal by New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

So much for tanking.

The New York Jets nabbed their second straight victory after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-20 in Overtime on Sunday.

The game started out rough, as Blake Bortles and the Jags offense looked like they were set to expose the Jets defense with an opening drive touchdown.

But the Jets were able to rebound off of one play during their opening drive: Bilal Powell’s 79 yard touchdown run in which the Jags’ defense looked as if they forgot how to play football.

The Jets rode their backs for the majority of the day after that, racking up over 200 total rushing yards between Powell and Elijah McGuire, who also had a big TD run in the first half.

The Jets looked solid going into halftime, before silly mistakes by Josh McCown allowed Jacksonville to find their way back into the game and eventually tie it.

Gang Green’s defense stay poised however and forced Bortles into some tough throws, ultimately allowing them to take the victory in Overtime.

NYJ Highlights

Offensive Line: The Jets O-Line dominated all day. They freed up a lot of space for Powell and McGuire to run down Jacksonville’s throats. The O-Line hadn’t looked that good in quite some time.

Running Backs: The O-Line only had a good day because of what they did for the Jets’ backs, and the backs took what they got. Bilal Powell finished with a career high 163 yards on 21 carries and McGuire wasn’t far behind with 93 yards on 10 carries. They really helped keep the Jets offense in this game as many of the receivers failed to show up.

Defense: The Jets defense kept rolling after last week’s win against Miami. While the scoreboard may say otherwise, the Jets defense held Blake Bortles in check all game. Leonard Fournette was able to squeak his way to a solid performance, but he couldn’t carry his team all the way as the Jets shut down many of the other offensive weapons.

Defensive players such as Kony Ealy and rookie Jamal Adams had big games as the Jets held Jacksonville to just 311 total yards on 75 plays.

Cat Man: I’m not talking about Leonard Williams (though he had a solid game as well), but rather Chandler Catanzaro who knocked in three field goals including the game-winner in Overtime. He may have been one of the Jets best offensive weapons aside from the running backs on Sunday.

The Jets now sit at 2-2, tied for 2nd place in the AFC East with the Patriots.

Yeah, You read that right.

– Kyle Hirshkind is the Managing Editor for cover32/Jets and covers the New York Jets. Like and follow on


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