Jets 27, Rams 13: Wilkerson Shines, Sanchez Efficient in Win

November 19th, 2012
Muhammad Wilkerson

Muhammad Wilkerson had a dominant performance Sunday against the Rams. (Photo: US Presswire)

By Ryan Alfieri, Editor

The Jets got a huge win in St. Louis that was desperately needed for the coaches, players, and fans.

After enduring a week of media scrutiny over the anonymously-sourced New York Daily News story, getting a convincing win against a solid St. Louis team was just what the doctor ordered.

Muhammad Wilkerson was the star of the show, getting a strip sack and applying pressure throughout. He was dominant in the run game as well; he drove back a Rams guard five yards into the backfield to blow up a Steven Jackson run. Mike Tannenbaum has taken a lot of heat this year, but he deserves credit for getting the Wilkerson pick right.

Mark Sanchez had arguably his best game since the first week of the season. He did not make a bad throw all game and avoided turnovers. His strong running game and good field position helped, but he was clutch on a few third down conversions that made a huge difference in the game.

One of the biggest reasons for Sanchez’s strong game was the fact that Tim Tebow was left on the bench for almost the entirety of the game. Tebow only had two offensive plays, neither of which being effective in the least.

The return of Bilal Powell added a much-needed boost to the running game. Powell had two explosive touchdown runs, showing lateral agility and speed. Shonn Greene had a solid game in his own right, as both players combined for well over 100 yards on the ground.

Chaz Schilens also had his best game as a Jet, catching a long touchdown and making several tackles on special teams.

However, the special teams unit find themselves in the negative column once again this week, allowing a blocked kick and were spared a kickoff return for a touchdown by an iffy holding call. Plus, they failed a fake punt attempt, which was doomed after the Rams left their starting defense in the game.  For now, the genius card has to be taken away from Mike Westhoff until he can get his unit playing just average teams and stop being a liability.

Tags: Mark Sanchez, new york jets, st. louis rams

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