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Third quarter: Quick analysis

9/2/2010

Kellen Clemens replaced Mark Brunell at the start of the third quarter and promptly led the Jets on a 12-play, 68-yard touchdown drive, culminated by Danny Woodhead's 14-yard run. Clemens completed five of six passes for 54 yards on the drive. This came only a few days after he took a $500,000 pay cut. Clemens is making less than Brunell, but he continues to outplay him. Nevertheless, Rex Ryan seems married to the idea of having Brunell as his No. 2 quarterback.

• Clemens' night was cut short when he suffered an apparent injury on a strip sack near the end of the third quarter. The training staff was looking at his left arm/elbow on the sideline, so Brunell was forced back into the game. Meanwhile, it looks like Mark Sanchez will resume the playcalling duties to start the fourth quarter.

• Backup RB Chauncey Washington continued to state his case for a roster spot, except this time he did it with an alert, head-in-the-game play. It came on a 24-yard pass to WR Santonio Holmes, who, for the second straight week, fumbled while running with the ball. Washington had the presence of mind to get downfield, and he pounced on the ball, preserving what would become an impressive touchdown drive. A play like that will score major points with the coaches.