Sunday, November 21, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Jets 30, Texans 27
By Rich Cimini
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the New York Jets' comeback victory against the Houston Texans.
What it means: Bill Parcells used to have a saying: “Sometimes God is playing in these games.” Someone is watching over the Jets, who staged the miracle of miracles. After blowing a 16-point lead, they went 72 yards in 39 seconds -- with no timeouts -- to stun the Texans. Santonio Holmes -- yes, him again -- scored the game winner with 10 seconds left, 30-27, giving the Jets their most improbable win in recent memory.
Miracle Mark: Mark Sanchez did it again, overcoming a so-so day to complete his final four passes. The biggest pass was a 42-yard strike to Braylon Edwards, setting up Holmes’ game-winner. It was Sanchez’s third fourth-quarter comeback win of the season. Say this for him: The kid never gives up.
Holmes, sweet Holmes: How good is Holmes? Holmes, who scored the game winner last week in Cleveland, made the biggest play of the game again. He should market the “Tone Time” slogan, because it’s something special. He scored two touchdowns, finishing with seven catches for 126 yards. Holmes provides a big-play dimension the Jets haven’t had at wide receiver in a long time.
Defensive collapse: Shame on the defense, letting the Texans score 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. They left tight end Joel Dreessen uncovered for a 43-yard touchdown. On their ensuing possession, the Texans marched 73 yards on seven plays, as the defense mounted little resistance. There was no pass rush and miscommunications in the secondary. Maybe coordinator Mike Pettine should return the play calling to Rex Ryan because the defense seemed clueless in crunch time.
Fumble-itis: Shonn Greene never will be an elite running back until he learns to protect the ball. Greene coughed it up in the fourth quarter -- wasn’t even a hard hit -- and so began the Texans’ comeback from the Jets’ 43. Greene was pulled from the game, replaced by LaDainian Tomlinson.
The McCain mutiny: Brice McCain is the Texans’ No. 3 cornerback, but he rotates with rookie Kareem Jackson and Glover Quin. The Jets made a concerted effort to attack McCain whenever he was on the outside, covering Holmes or Edwards. McCain played pillow coverage -- soft -- leaving himself vulnerable to quick slants.
Big Wood hurt: RT Damien Woody, the emotional leader of the Jets’ offensive line, injured his right knee in the first quarter and didn’t return. A Houston defender rolled up his leg from behind, causing the knee to bend awkwardly. A significant injury would be a blow, as Woody is a vital cog in the running game. He was replaced by Wayne Hunter.
What’s next: It’s a quick turnaround for the Jets, who face the Cincinnati Bengals (2-8) Thanksgiving night at home. They will have light practice Monday, followed by a full practice Tuesday. That they’re playing at home is a big advantage on a short week. Get ready for the verbal ping-pong match between Revis and Chad Ochocinco.