NY Jets fall to New England in overtime, Tom Brady leads Patriots to field goals on final two possessions, Mark Sanchez fumble ends it

PATRIOTS 29, NY JETS 26Mark Sanchez was sprawled on the field as he watched the ball – and the Jets’ chance for a stunning come-from-behind win – harmlessly roll away. Gang Green’s quarterback capped a roller-coaster performance that included a frenetic fourth-quarter rally with a lost fumble on the final play of a wild 29-26 overtime loss to the Patriots on Sunday. PHOTOS: PATS WORK OT TO GROUND JETS, 29-26 Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News Mark Sanchez fires downfield. “We’re going to go toe to toe with anybody,” said Ryan, whose team entered the game as prohibitive underdogs despite sharing the same record as the Patriots. “Maybe the outside world will have more confidence in us, but we have plenty of confidence in ourselves.” Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News Rob Gronkowski catches two touchdowns. The Jets settled for Nick Folk’s 43-yard field goal to tie it at 23-23 with 2:11 to go. Though the Jets had given up a 104-yard kickoff return to Devin McCourty in the first quarter, the special teams unit made a game-changing play on the kickoff after Folk knotted it when Lex Hilliard forced McCourty to cough it up. Robert Sabo/New York Daily News Tim Tebow is brought down just before the end zone. “I think if we could have got a touchdown there, it kind of would have sealed the deal,” wide receiver Chaz Schilens said of the Jets’ previous scoring drive. “Maybe a field goal left them some breathing room, which it did.” Robert Sabo/New York Daily News Shonn Greene celebrates after scoring against the Patriots. The Jets got as far as their own 40 on the ensuing drive before Ninkovich rushed in from Sanchez’s right side and ended the game. The Patriots are one of only three AFC teams with a winning record this season. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NY Jets will look to trade – or release – Tim Tebow after the season, says team source

Tebow Time is over. Actually, it never really started.RAISSMAN: JETS RATE AS MUST-FLEE TVMYERS: JETS NEED TO SACK NOTION OF ADDING VICK On Tuesday, The News reported that Tebow would request to be traded or released if Greg McElroy starts the team’s final two games. The News also first reported Wednesday that the team is planning on putting Mark Sanchez on the trading block. New York Daily News Art As it turned out, Tebow made more news off the field, from his shirtless romp through the rain in training camp to teammates telling The News in November that the QB was “terrible.” And while Sanchez’s performances — and with it the Jets’ season — went down the tubes, Tebow never got the call. Wade Payne/AP Tim Tebow can't find a home in the NY Jets offense. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Report says NY Jets running back Joe McKnight got ‘extra benefits’ while playing at USC

Jets running back Joe McKnight may have received “extra benefits” in violation of NCAA rules when he was at USC, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. McKnight can’t be penalized if the allegations are found to be true, but USC could be disciplined, per NCAA bylaws. In 2009, McKnight was spotted driving a car registered in Schenter’s name. The NCAA investigated the manner and concluded that no violation had taken place. In 2009, McKnight told the L.A. Times that his girlfriend was Schenter’s secretary, but he didn't know him. Schenter admitted that he bought the car for McKnight’s girlfriend, a family friend, because her parents didn’t qualify for a car loan. McKnight, who didn’t play in the 2009 Emerald Bowl during the investigation, left school early and was drafted by the Jets in the fourth round in 2010. Schenter also had a 2008 email receipt for a $625 flight for McKnight from Los Angeles to the running back’s hometown of New Orleans. Schenter, who has no ties to USC, also claims that he gave money to USC basketball player Davon Jefferson. He said that he wanted McKnight and Jefferson to help him market a few of his private businesses. The Jets declined comment on the matter. In other Jets news, Gang Green released defensive lineman Marcus Dixon on Saturday. Dixon, who was expected to be a valuable part of the defensive line, had a relatively modest $540,000 base salary in 2012. The Jets saved $150,000 by replacing Dixon with former Dolphins tackle Isaaki Aaitui, who was claimed off waivers. Undrafted rookie Damon Harrison, who will make $390,000 this season, also made the 53-man roster. The Jets were awarded former Dolphins WR Clyde Gates and former 49ers TE Konrad Reuland, who was Mark Sanchez's high school teammate, off waivers. They named seven players to the practice squad: T Paul Cornick, LB Marcus Dowtin, DB Donnie Fletcher, WR Royce Pollard, LB Ricky Sapp, TE Hayden Continue Reading

NY Jets lose WR Santonio Holmes to injury, Mark Sanchez & offense awful during humiliating 34-0 home defeat to San Francisco 49ers

49ERS 34, NY JETS 0 Rex Ryan's bravado morphed into anger on a sloppy Sunday afternoon that exposed just about every blemish of a team quickly getting pushed to the NFL margins. The Jets were embarrassed in every imaginable way in a 34-0 loss to the 49ers at MetLife Stadium, the first time Ryan’s team has been shut out since Halloween 2010. PHOTO GALLERY: GANG GREEN NO MATCH FOR 49ERS “We got our ass kicked,” Ryan said. “There’s no two ways, ins or outs about it.” 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham is off to the races - Howard Simmons/New York Daily News How scary bad were the Jets, who somehow are in a first-place tie at 2-2 in the AFC East? “Here’s the recipe for getting your ass kicked,” Ryan said before listing breakdowns all over the field. “Obviously unacceptable.”http://twitter.com/MehtaNYDN Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Shonn Greene sparks NY Jets’ offense with three touchdowns, 161 yards rushing in 35-9 rout of Indianapolis Colts

NY JETS 35, COLTS 9 Some of the faces may have changed, but the Jets relied on a familiar bruising blueprint to keep their season from unraveling before their eyes. Gang Green’s ground-and-pound attack came to life in a 35-9 rout over the Colts on Sunday at MetLife Stadium to set up a divisional showdown against the Patriots next week. Shonn Greene erupted for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns to help the Jets rack up 252 rushing yards and prevent them from losing their third game in a row at home. The Jets didn’t commit a turnover for the first time in 17 games dating back to last season. “It’s huge,” Rex Ryan said. PHOTOS: GREENE, JETS BEAT UP ON COLTS Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News Stephen Hill catches a touchdown. The Jets looked like the team they hoped to be entering the season.  For one day, at least, the problems that plagued Gang Green for the better part of a month didn’t surface. Ryan’s team controlled the clock with a bruising ground attack and stuffed the run. The Jets held the ball for more than 33½ minutes thanks largely to a run game that woke up after being dormant for the past four weeks. Greene averaged less than three yards per carry in the first five games before ripping off five yards per play with power and elusiveness on his career-high 32 carries. “When the running game’s not going well, we just keep grinding and grinding and say it’s going to come along,” Greene said. “It did today.” The Jets’ maligned run defense surrendered only 41 yards and 2.4 yards per carry. Their struggles on third down were nowhere to be found. Mike Pettine’s defense held Andrew  Luck & Co. to 3-of-11 (27%) on third down. Mark Sanchez went 11-for-16 for 82 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers. The formula was similar to Ryan’s first two seasons, leaning on a dominant rushing attack and defense to lead Continue Reading

NY Jets’ Mark Sanchez throws two costly interceptions in loss to undefeated Houston Texans

TEXANS 23, NY JETS 17PHOTOS: JETS FALL TO TEXANS 23-17 ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Howard Simmons/New York Daily News Mark Sanchez throws two interceptions. “It goes down as a loss,” right guard Brandon Moore said. “They don’t keep a ‘solace’ column.” Howard Simmons/New York Daily News The Texans bottle up Jets RB Shonn Greene. Matt Schaub’s 34-yard touchdown to tight end Owen Daniels gave the Texans a 7-0 lead less four minutes into the game. Sanchez’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland tied it at 7-7 late in the first quarter, but his interception with 14 seconds left in the first half was costly. Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News Arian Foster.   Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NY Jets seek to ground New England Patriots and suddenly interception-prone Tom Brady

A year after Tom Brady pulled off one of the most mind-boggling seasons in NFL history, New England’s Superman has looked mortal at times. Although the heartbeat of the Patriots offense remains one of the game’s elite quarterbacks, he’s been far from flawless as he prepares to face the Jets on Sunday night. Brady already has more than twice as many interceptions (10) than he had all last season (four). His career-high in picks? 14. Translation: The Patriots, losers of two in a row, are vulnerable right now. “We don’t care what difficulties they’re in,” said Rex Ryan, whose team has held opposing quarterbacks to an NFL-low 59.4 passer rating. “Each team goes through dips in the road.” The Steelers and Giants rattled him in the past two weeks. The Patriots have looked out of sync during their funk, good news for a defense that has resembled the 2009 outfit that carried the Jets to the AFC Championship Game. Two weeks ago, Pittsburgh took a page out of the Jets’ defensive playbook by deviating from eithr its core zone concepts and playing a more man-to-man, in-your-face style that took Brady out of his comfort zone. The Giants leaned on their hallmark four-man rush to create pressure. “Tom Brady does throw interceptions, the last time I checked,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said. “Looking on film, you can tell teams are playing them different and they’re getting pressure on Tom.” The Jets will certainly have to tweak their approach that allowed 446 yards in their Week 5 loss in Foxborough. The Patriots’ various personnel groupings always present a challenge. “You got to figure the puzzle out,” Revis said. Added safety Eric Smith: “We’re confident that if we execute our scheme, then they’re not going to move it like that again. If we play the exact same defense, they’ll pick us apart. They do such a good job studying. So you do have to mix Continue Reading

2011 Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: Surprising Lions and Bills supplant Patriots and NY Jets in Top-5

There are three unbeaten teams left in the NFL and two of them are the Lions and Bills. Who knows what will happen the rest of the year but with the Lions overcoming a 20-point deficit on the road in Minnesota and the Bills breaking their 15-game losing streak against the Patriots, the former woebegone teams have earned their climb up the Daily News power rankings into the third and fourth spots. As for the local teams, the Jets' alarming loss in Oakland moves them five spots down into the eight spot, while the Giants move up four to 14th after roughing up Michael Vick and the Eagles.Packers (3-0): Everybody's best team right now. 2. (8) Saints (2-1): That's 104 points in three games. 3. (10) Lions (3-0): Scary thing about this team is it still isn't playing its best football. 4. (13) Bills (3-0): Most satisfying win since the 1993 AFC title game? 5. (5) Ravens (2-1): Offense catching up to defense. 6. (2) Patriots (2-1): This defense just isn't very good. 7. (19) Raiders (2-1): Gotta love what Hue Jackson is doing out there. 8. (3) Jets (2-1): The bullies got bullied. 9. (4) Texans (2-1): Couldn't hold lead in New Orleans but AFC South is now theirs to lose. 10. (6) Steelers (2-1): Just kind of flopping around right now. 11. (14) Bucs (2-1): End five-game losing streak vs. Falcons. 12. (15) Cowboys (2-1): Guess you could call that a gutsy performance by Tony Romo. 13. (16) Redskins (2-1): They lost the game but their compete level is higher than it's been in years. 14. (18) Giants (2-1): Win in Philly may have turned the season around. 15. (12) Chargers (2-1): Still unimpressive after struggling to beat Chiefs at home. 16. (11) Bears (1-2): Concerns about offense grow as Mike Martz keeps chuckin' it. 17. (17) Titans (2-1): Kenny Britt's torn ACL spoils win against Broncos. 18. (9) Falcons (1-2): O-line can't protect Matt Ryan. 19. (7) Eagles (1-2): Officially overrated and underachieving. 20. (21) 49ers (2-1): Jim Harbaugh Continue Reading

Darren McFadden scores twice, NY Jets defense gashed in 34-24 road loss to Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND - The culprits were all over the field, missing tackles and getting juked by speedy playmakers from start to finish. A week after the Jets' suffocating defensive performance against the Jaguars grabbed headlines, the backbone of Rex Ryan's team was carved up in a 34-24 loss to the Raiders Sunday. Gang Green's defensive implosion was historic. The Jets gave up the most rushing yards (234) in 41 games under Ryan, getting gouged for one big play after another en route to their first loss of the season. "I've never had that happen in my life," said Ryan, whose team faces consecutive road tests in Baltimore and Foxborough in the next two weeks. "But it just happened." BOX SCORE: RAIDERS 34, JETS 24 The Giants were the last team to embarrass Ryan's defense when they racked up 207 rushing yards in 2008 against the then-Ravens defensive coordinator. Ryan hadn't suffered such an indignity in the NFL since he was a Cardinals' defensive line/linebackers coach in 1995 when the Redskins rushed for 259 yards against his team, according to ESPN Stats & Information. "When you're not in the right place, anybody can beat you," outside linebacker Calvin Pace said. "We lost to a team that was not as good as us, inferior to us. . . . Whatever you can say bad about a defense, that's what we were. "Some bad things are going to be said to us from Rex to (defensive coordinator) Mike Pettine. But we deserve that." PHOTOS: IMAGES OF JETS-RAIDERS IN OAKLAND The Raiders (2-1), who had 383 yards of total offense, kept it relatively simple: Darren McFadden left, right and up the middle. The Oakland running back exploded for 171 yards - the most by any player against the Jets under Ryan - on 19 carries (nine yards per). "You have a plan that if they get on the edge, they're going to present problems for you," safety Jim Leonhard said. "And we allowed them to do it all day. You can't give them exactly what they need to beat you and expect to win. It's Continue Reading

NY Jets center Nick Mangold undergoing MRI on right foot Monday; reports suggest an ankle sprain

On crutches and with a protective boot on his right foot, Nick Mangold said he had no broken bones after leaving Sunday's Jets win over the Jaguars in the first quarter. That was the good news. The All-Pro center was not able to return to the game and is going for an MRI Monday. He said he was not given an initial diagnosis, but there were reports it was a high ankle sprain. "I'll get it all tested out and get a better idea," Mangold said. Jaguars outside linebacker Daryl Smith collapsed on Mangold's leg in the first quarter. Mangold was back on the sidelines in the second quarter, hoping to be able to return. "I thought we could give it a go, but (the ankle) didn't want to agree with me on that," Mangold said. "We were playing it safe." PHOTOS: JETS DISMANTLE JAGUARS, 32-3 Mangold has started every Jets game since he was drafted in 2006. Rex Ryan said he had no idea if that streak was in jeopardy. "I really don't know, I hope he's back next week, but I am really not sure," the coach said. "Colin Baxter stepped in and did a nice job." Baxter, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Arizona, spent training camp with the Chargers before he was cut. The Jets picked him up Sept. 4 after backup center Robert Turner broke his leg in the preseason. Sunday was the first time he had ever worked with Mark Sanchez or the first-team offensive line. There was an early snap and a missed block that caused Shonn Greene to get hammered behind the line. "It wasn't our best effort collectively," right guard Brandon Moore said. He said that Baxter will get a lot of attention this week in practice from the veterans on the line. "Matt Slauson and I helped him make some calls and cleaning things up," Moore said. "I think we have a long week of practice ahead of us." WELCOME TO THE NFLRookie defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson split through Jaguars left guard Will Rackley and center Brad Meester. He was on top of helpless quarterback Luke McCown in the Continue Reading