Posted on: September 23, 2008 8:51 am

Good Start Not Enough For Jets

    When David Barrett caught his first interception of the year and saw the touchdown in front of him with no one there to stop him for the first time in his career, the Jets had high hopes. Directly after the touchdown by Barrett, the Chargers, led by Phillip Rivers, drove down the field seemingly with ease and tacked on a field goal. The Jets still had the lead but a little hope was lost as the fans watched Rivers and company sweep down field with not too much effort. A little more hope for the Jets was lost when Thomas Jones was tackled on top of a player and while trying to get down, was stripped of the ball. The Chargers took advantage of this and Rivers hooked up with FB Mike Tolbert for the touchdown. The next drive down the Jets couldn't help but loose all hope when Brett Favre threw a pass to Laveranues Coles but the pro-bowl corner back Antonio Cromartie tip the ball up to himself to get the pick off and take it to the endzone.
    The score at this point was still close, 17-7, but the last 14 points came off of turnovers, so they hurt a little extra. The Jets needed some momentum and Leon Washington was there to answer, he took the kickoff 94 yards to be tackled at the 3 yard line. Brett Favre completed his first touchdown pass of the day to Laveranues Coles for a 3 yard score. The score was now 17-14 but the Jets still didn't feel the momentum so they went for a surprise onsides kick, but the ball when right past Wallace Wright's hands and the Chargers recovered. The Chargers took advantage of the short field and drove 44 yards ending in a River's pass to Chris Chambers for the touchdown. 24-14.
    Shortly after the Chambers touchdown, Brett Favre and the Jets were driving up the field. On a miscommunication with his reciever Jerricho Cotchery, Brett Favre throws the ball into the hands of Safety Erik Weddle. After the third turnover of the game, Rivers connected to Antonio Gates for the touchdown. The Chargers went into half time with a 31-14 lead, a lead the Jets did not want to see happen.
    The second half was more of the same, Chargers drove all the way up the field, seemingly untouched, for a LaDainian Tomlinson, two yard touchdown. Brett Favre and Chansi Stuckey connected for their third touchdown in three games. Dustin Keller also received his first touchdown in a professional jersey. But all of this was not enough to stop the powerhouse offense of the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers only needed to punt the ball on time the entire game. The Jets punted the ball only twice, but also gave up three interceptions and one fumble. (One interception came from Kellen Clemens into the hands of Antonio Cromartie, his second of night, in the endzone in the final ticks. Clemens entered the game in the final minutes after Favre rolled his ankle, said to be okay)
    Thomas Jones ended the game with 37 rushing yards. Coles had 75 yards and a touchdown. Brett Favre ended 30/42 with 271 yards passing, with 3 touchdowns and two interceptions. Leon Washington had himself a ball game with a couple great kick returns, including a 94 yard return to the 3 yard line.
    The Jets went into the game as underdogs, and that is exactly how they played. This game will drop them to 1-2, tied for last in the AFC East with the Miami Dolphins. The Jets get a chance to go to even before their bye week, they play at home vs the Arizona Cardinals at 1 PM on Sunday. The Jets will be looking for more of the same out of the offense, besides the turnovers of course, and a stronger defense against the powerful pass offense of the Cardinals. The positive way to look at the Jets is that Brett Favre is still learning the offense, so this Jets team can only get better.
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