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Sunday, December 11, 2011
Jets defense more like it

By Jane McManus

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Jets defense, the crown in any Rex Ryan team, hasn’t played as well as the last two seasons. The squad gave up game winning last-minute drives to the Patriots and Broncos but, at home against a weak Chiefs team on a Sunday afternoon, the Jets defense didn’t mess around.

The team had five sacks en route to 37-10 win over Kansas City. One of those sacks was courtesy of LB David Harris, who now has four sacks on the season. He led the Jets with six combined tackles on Sunday.

“Truth be told, Kansas City isn’t a good team and teams like this we’ve got to go out and play like that,” Harris said. “And the scoreboard says it all.”

No need for nail-biting in the last few minutes of the game, no touchdown let up on the opening drive. The Jets defense needed a game like this and it go one.

“We kept playing hard and we didn’t let them back in it,” LB Jamaal Westerman said. “But I think that’s just the beg we have a lot more capability in us. ...When we’re on point man, you’ve just seen what happened.”

Next week the Jets travel to the Eagles, who will have starting QB Michael Vick back in place. Philadelphia has struggled this season after high hopes at the start, but CB Marquice Cole (who went out briefly after being kicked in the leg but returned) said they are prepared.

“We want to come out with the same intensity next week, try to go for the same results,” Cole said.

Several Jets, such as LB Calvin Pace, said that the Jets needed a win this complete, to give them some additional mettle heading into the final three games of the season.

“This was about getting a good win which was important,” Pace said.

He credited the Jets offense with making it easier for the team, scoring enough to create a cushion. Pace said there weren’t the “stupid penalties, the turnovers.” He noted that the game means a good deal for the Jets wildcard chances.

“We got a chance to be able to just kind of play and not have to worry about the game coming down to the wire,” Pace said.

The Jets five sacks were from Harris, S Eric Smith, LB Bart Scott, NT Sione Pouha and a half to Pace and DT Marcus Dixon.