Incredibly, when the Jets host the Patriots on October 15, MetLife Stadium may be home to a winning team.
Both the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars posted resounding wins in Week 3 and will carry momentum into their game on Sunday (10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, CBS, DirecTV). That might be enough to win for the second straight week if the Jaguars continue to use Fournette the way they did in the first half. Neither has a sack this season through three games.
With 3:19 left in regulation and NY still leading by three, A.J. Bouye picked off McCown after Powell slipped right in front of the cornerback and gave the Jaguars the ball at the Jets 35.
On the very first play of their ensuing drive, Bilal Powell took a toss play 75 yards for a touchdown in which he hurdled a falling Telvin Smith, got back on his feet and streaked past Jacksonville defenders who had slowed down thinking the play was over. Tied 10-10 with 22 seconds left in the half, the Jets lined up for a punt just shy of midfield on 4th & 21. It marked the first time in franchise history the Jets ran for two 60-yards-plus touchdowns in the same game, and only the second time they had two runs that long since Jones had 64- and 71-yarders in that "09 loss to the Bills". The team has 156 yards overall, so Fournette's done a lot of the lifting on the way to a 10-7 lead. But the Jets took a delay-of-game penalty, and then Catanzaro missed a 45-yard field-goal attempt wide left. Jets punter Ryan Quigley squared up and completed a pass to "gunner" Marcus Williams, who ran it for a first down.
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Neither team could convert their plays into points until Hunt made a 69-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Jordan Hicks and safety Rodney McLeod are both listed as questionable, but both are expected to play.
Led by the double-barreled ground game of Bilal Powell and rookie Elijah McGuire and a defense that got better as the game wore on, the Jets prevailed 23-20 in overtime.
Their advantage swelled to 10 thanks to a field goal that was set up by the Jets defense.
A Jets win almost was sealed, following Josh McCown's 41-yard pass to Robby Anderson, which put the Jets in the red zone, but on the next play, the 38-year-old quarterback made his first error of the game, throwing a backward pass to Powell, who wasn't looking for the ball, allowing it to drop after hitting him in the shoulder.