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The Jets registered five first-half scoring drives for the first time since the team’s 2009 season finale vs. CIN (01/03/10).
With 24 yards rushing allowed on 13 carries (1.9 avg.), the Jets improved their league-leading rush defense to 78.9 yards allowed per game. Sunday’s win marks the third consecutive game and sixth contest of the season that the team has held its opponent under 75 yards rushing.
Red Zone Defense:
The Jets improved their league-leading red zone defense, holding TEN without a score on their lone trip inside the 20 yard line on their final possession of the game. This season, the Jets have allowed touchdowns on only 33.3% of opposing drives in the red zone.
Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker
WR Brandon Marshall recorded his 11th touchdown reception after he took a pass from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and scampered 69 yards to give the Jets a 27-0. The 69-yard reception was the third longest of his career and longest since his 75-yarder with DEN at WAS (11/15/09). With his 125 receiving yards, Marshall moved into 7th all-time in team history for receiving yards in a single season with 1,186. It’s also the third consecutive game he’s finished with at least 125 receiving yards and eighth 100-yard game of the season, a new single-season career high surpassing his previous career best of seven established in 2012 with CHI.
WR Eric Decker scored on a 16-yard pass from Fitzpatrick in the first quarter of the game, giving the Jets a 7-0 lead over TEN to culminate a 14-play, 80-yard opening drive. With his touchdown reception, he moved into a tie for third all-time in touchdown receptions over the first two seasons as a Jet (14), surpassing Keyshawn Johnson’s 13 from 1996-1997.
With their touchdowns in today’s game, Decker and Marshall become the first duo in Jets history to each amass nine touchdown receptions in a single season. Their 20 touchdowns combined ties them for first all-time amongst receiving duos with Art Powell/Don Maynard (1960) and Wesley Walker/Al Toon (1986).
After combining for 15 receptions for 199 yards receiving, Marshall and Decker moved into seventh place among Jets receiving pairs with 2,062 yards this season, while their 155 combined receptions rank fifth.
DE Muhammad Wilkerson registered three sacks to increase his season total to a career-high 12. The first two sacks both occurred in the first half. His second sack established a career high, surpassing his previous best of 10.5 in 2013. His third established a single-game high, bettering his previous mark of two achieved four times, most recently vs. BUF (11/12/15). His 12 sacks also are the most in a season by Jets player since DL Shaun Ellis produced 12 in 2003.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick racked up three touchdown passes, all in the first half, to increase his season total to 25. His first of the game was a 16-yard strike to Decker that capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive. His second was a 16-yarder to RB Bilal Powell that gave the Jets a 13-0 lead in the second quarter. His third of the day occurred when WR Brandon Marshall took a short pass 69 yards down the sideline to improve the Jets advantage to 27-0. His 25 touchdown passes established a new career high, beating his previous mark of 24 achieved in 2011 and 2012. Fitzpatrick finished 21-of-36 passing for 263 yards and three touchdowns for a passer rating of 108.9. Fitzpatrick’s 3,129 passing yards on the season represent his first season with 3,000+ since 2012 when he recorded 3,400 yards for BUF.
Over the last three games, Fitzpatrick has completed 79-of-123 passes (64.2 percent) for 930 yards and nine touchdowns passes with no interceptions for a passer rating of 111.5.
RB Chris Ivory rushed for 101 yards on 22 attempts to improve his season total to a career high 914, surpassing his previous career high of 833 (2013). Ivory registered his third 100-yard rushing contest of the season, tying his career high (2013).
On third down, RB Bilal Powell caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to increase the Jets lead over TEN to 20-0. The touchdown reception was Powell’s second in as many games. Powell finished with 46 yards on five receptions and added 36 yards rushing on three attempts.
LB Demario Davis earned his second sack of the season, a 13-yarder on fourth down to bring TEN’s drive to a halt late in the fourth quarter.
CB Buster Skrine intercepted his first pass as a Jet, picking off a Marcus Mariota screen attempt. His interception helped set up the Jets for an 11-play scoring drive that ended with a field goal by K Randy Bullock.
DE Leonard Williams recorded a sack of Marcus Mariota for a seven-yard loss in the fourth quarter, his second in the last two games, bettering his season total to 2.5.