Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Jets 29, Vikings 20
By Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets seemed to dominate the Minnesota Vikings at times but outlasted them in the fourth quarter for a 29-20 victory at the Meadowlands.
What it means: The Jets strengthened their lead in the AFC East, pushing their record to 4-1 on a week the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins had byes.
What I liked: Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson made the Jets look like the ground-and-pound offense people expected. Greene ran 23 yards for their lone offensive touchdown. Tomlinson ran for 94 yards.
The Jets turned in a gutsy effort overall. They had their problems, scoring only one offensive touchdown, but the defense picked them up and made huge plays when it counted.
What I didn't like: The rain. It doused what should have been a great offensive matchup. The slippery ball was tough to throw and difficult to hold onto for most of the game.
The Jets' defense was everything it was supposed to be for three quarters. They generally snuffed Adrian Peterson and refused to let Randy Moss or Percy Harvin make an impact -- until the fourth quarter, that is.
Good Folk: The Jets took a gamble in the offseason by moving on from reliable veteran kicker Jay Feely and signing Nick Folk. The move allowed the Jets to sign outside linebacker Jason Taylor under the NFL's quirky uncapped-season rules. Folk has worked out, too. He drilled all five of his field-goal attempts, including a 53-yarder Monday night.
What's happening, Holmes: In his first game back from a four-game suspension, Jets receiver Santonio Holmes was used deep but he didn't make a huge difference. He caught three passes for 41 yards, and did gain a critical first down late in the fourth quarter.
What's next: The Jets play the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium in Week 6 before their bye in Week 7.