First win in team history in which the Jets didn't have a rushing TD or at least 50 rushing yards. Ground & Pound was put on ice to focus on Dallas' secondary. When they did run, it was stuffed by the Boys' run blitzes. Only one rushing first down. Shocking.
Welcome to the 21st century. Mark Sanchez tied a career high with 44 attempts, often throwing out of an empty-backfield look. Sanchez committed two killer turnovers and the protection was shaky, but he finally got his wideouts involved late. Big TD grab by Plaxico Burress.
Held the Cowboys to 64 yards and a 2.5 average. LB Bart Scott (team-high eight tackles) was terrific. Did a great job reading the blocking schemes and attacking downhill. OLB Bryan Thomas set the edge, helping to keep speedy back Felix Jones from getting to the corner.
Jason Witten (six catches for 110 yards) was a tough cover for the Jets, who struggle against TEs. Darrelle Revis gave Dez Bryant a taste of Revis Island, making a rare INT to set up the win. Good signs for the pass rush (four sacks), which got decent pressure with conventional rushes.
Special teams came up huge on Sunday. Joe McKnight blocked a punt, coming free up the middle, and Isaiah Trufant returned it for a TD. Nick Folk sang the redemption song, beating his old team with a 50-yard field goal in the final seconds.
Rough start, but they made nice adjustments, switching Revis to Bryant. In the second half, they slowed the Cowboys' pass rush by using a three-TE package with a spread formation, exploiting Dallas' base personnel. The blocked punt was vintage Mike Westhoff.