Jets' good idea: staying grounded
JACKSONVILLE — The Jets gained ground by staying on the ground.
Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell combined for 155 yards rushing, each scoring on a short run, and New York improved its postseason odds by edging the Jaguars.
"Both those guys found holes because there were holes to be found," quarterback Mark Sanchez said. "It was fun to watch."
New York's second straight win combined with losses by Pittsburgh and Cincinnati left coach Rex Ryan's team a game out of the No. 6 seed in the AFC. And the Jets have a favorable closing stretch, with games against teams with losing records (Tennessee, San Diego and Buffalo).
The Jets were shut out in the first half for the second consecutive week, but they didn't need to change quarterbacks to spark the offense this time.
Sanchez, benched last week in a 7-6 win against Arizona, was hardly a factor. Neither was backup Tim Tebow, who spent his homecoming on the sideline.
Greene finished with 77 yards rushing. Powell had 78.