NFL Nation: Broncos-Jets
The Jets, dating to last season, were 9-0 when Jones had a touchdown, and his teams had won 16 straight games when he crossed the goal line.
The AFC's leading runner scored twice Sunday against the Denver Broncos, but the Jets still lost, 34-17, at the Meadowlands.
Jones rushed for 136 yards on just 16 carries. He also had two catches for 21 yards.
Here are some Jones nuggets that illustrate the season he's having:
- With four games to play, he has a career-high 11 rushing touchdowns.
- He needs one more to tie Curtis Martin's single-season franchise record from 2004. Brad Baxter (1991), Johnny Hector (1987) and Emerson Boozer (1972) also scored 11 for the Jets.
- Jones' previous best season was nine rushing touchdowns. He has 10 rushing touchdowns and 12 total touchdowns in his past eight games.
- He eclipsed the 1,000-yard barrier for the fourth consecutive season.
- His 8.6-yard average per carry on Sunday raised his season average to 4.7, the best of his nine-year career.
- Jones ripped off a 59-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, the longest scoring run of his career. He had a 61-yard run with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003, but he didn't score.
- He has scored a touchdown in six consecutive games, one off Santana Moss' franchise record from 2003. Tony Paige (1985), Boozer (1967) and Bake Turner (1964) also scored in six straight.
- Jets fullback Tony Richardson has blocked for five running backs in seven 1,000-yard campaigns. The others are Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, Chester Taylor and Adrian Peterson.
All of that momentum the New York Jets built up with back-to-back victories over some of the toughest dudes on the AFC block disappeared.
The Jets pulled off one of the greatest two-week road performances by knocking off the New England Patriots and undefeated Tennessee Titans but returned home on Sunday and lost to a team that can't beat the NFL dregs.
The Denver Broncos dropped by the Meadowlands and crushed the Jets 34-17.
The Jets remain atop the AFC East with an 8-4 record, but they should have distanced themselves from the tightly wadded division. The Patriots and Buffalo Bills also lost on Sunday, while the Miami Dolphins were the only AFC East team to win.
Now two teams -- the Dolphins and Patriots -- are one victory behind the Jets with four games to play.
Thomas Jones had another great day with 138 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Brett Favre, however, was mediocre. He completed 23 of 43 passes for 247 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception.
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