The Folk hero -- again

October, 17, 2010
10/17/10
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DENVER -- Six days after making five field goals in a win over the Minnesota Vikings, Nick Folk used quality over quantity Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Folk, the kicker that nobody wanted, made a 56-yarder -- a personal best and a franchise best.

Folk's big boot came with 6:41 remaining in the third quarter, making it 10-10. The previous team mark was 55 yards, held by three kickers -- Pat Leahy, John Hall and Jay Feely.

Hard to believe, but Folk was upstaged by Broncos PK Matt Prater, who was good from 59 yards. But Prater also missed from 49 yards, and there was an aborted attempt from 28 yards.

Other notes:

• The Jets finished with 129 rushing yards, about 40 below their average. The Broncos were so determined to stop the Jets' league-leading ground attack that they used eight men in the box, employing a "Bear 46" front at times. In other words, every offensive lineman was covered by a defender.

• For the second straight week, backup DB Dwight Lowery made the game-securing takeaway. Lowery, who scored on an interception return last Monday night against Brett Favre, recovered a Kyle Orton fumble at the Broncos' 43 with 35 seconds left. It was a botched snap out of shotgun. Said Rex Ryan: "He closed it out again. We might think of him as Mariano Rivera."

• The Broncos were hyped as an unstoppable passing offense, but the Jets held Orton to a season-low 209 yards. Here's an unofficial breakdown on how the Jets' cornerbacks fared in terms of completions and yards allowed: Darrelle Revis (four for 66, 1 TD), Antonio Cromartie (two for 49), Drew Coleman (five for 57). It was a penalty-laden day for the Jets' DBs: Cromartie (pass interference), Coleman (holding) and S Jim Leonhard (personal foul, helmet-to-helmet).

• The Jets overplayed the Broncos' passing game, leaving themselves vulnerable to the run. And the Broncos tried to exploit it, running a season-high 37 times for 145 yards. They got a lift from rookie QB Tim Tebow, who was used in the Wildcat formation and rushed six times for 23 yards, including his first touchdown (five yards). Orton scrambled three times for 22 yards. Ryan took the blame for Orton's scrambling, saying he called defenses that left the middle open.

• Ryan defended his non-challenge on Demaryius Thomas' 17-yard touchdown catch. Thomas, who beat Revis, juggled the ball in the end zone. The replay indicated that he may not have had both feet down with possession; would've been a close call. Ryan said he was told by the coaches' booth, "Don't bother." So he didn't challenge. He may have been gun shy because, moments earlier, he was unsuccessful on a challenge.

• The Jets are 5-1 for the first time since 2004. That year, they opened with five straight wins.

• Is this balanced ball distribution or what? Here's a breakdown of Mark Sanchez' targets: Braylon Edwards (eight times), Jerricho Cotchery (seven), Dustin Keller (six) and Santonio Holmes (five).

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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