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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Powell produces two TDs in big win

By Rob Rains

ST. LOUIS -- After being forced to leave last Sunday's game against Seattle because of a concussion and not being able to practice until Friday, Jets running back Bilal Powell was not certain how much of a factor he would be against the Rams on Sunday.

Bilal Powell
Bilal Powell caps his 11-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
As it turned out, neither the concussion nor the lack of practice time proved to be much of a hurdle for Powell, who rushed 11 times for 42 yards and scored his first two career touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 18 yards in the Jets' 27-13 victory.

Powell scored on a 5-yard run on a draw play on the second play of the fourth quarter, and added an 11-yard TD run on a trap play six minutes later.

"I try to take full advantage of every opportunity I have to be out there, and I'm blessed to be back," said Powell, who had never had a concussion before during his football career. "I had no problems at all. The offensive line did a great job and it was two good play calls."

Both touchdowns came on third downs, with the first coming when the Jets were lined up in shotgun formation.

Coming into Sunday's game, the second-year pro from Louisville had only carried the ball 35 times for 138 yards in seven games. The 42 yards were three shy of his career high of 45 yards, on 10 carries, on Sept. 23 against Miami.

Shonn Greene led the team with 64 yards on 18 carries on Sunday as the Jets rushed for a total of 124 yards on 41 attempts.

"Shonn did a great job," he said. "We had great preparation in our running game. We just went out and executed. Our game plan was to get a W. It was a good win for us."

Powell, who said he kept both of the balls from his touchdowns, had last recorded a touchdown in the Jets' preseason game last season against the Giants.