There is no way to sugar coat this performance down at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The New York Jets had their worst performance in the first season of the Todd Bowles coaching era as they found a way to win ugly against the Cowboys and pushed their record to 9-5 with a 19-16 victory.
But that big drive in the fourth quarter that put the Jets ahead for good was a fantastic throw by Ryan Fitzpatrick to Kembrell Thompkins down the near sideline for 43 yards and just stepped out of bounds at the Cowboys 26 yard line. A couple of running plays to try and get close for Randy Bullock who kicked a 40yd field goal right down the middle for the lead and the win.
A big Interception by Marcus Williams with 10 seconds remaining in the game solidified the victory and his sixth of the season to make sure the Cowboys had no more life left as they are officially eliminated from playoff contention. But to be fair when Jason Garrett changed quarterbacks from Matt Kassell to Kellen Moore, the Cowboys showed some life and made things difficult for the Jets.
But there were still mistakes made by the Cowboys as Moore threw three interceptions and a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant that made it 10-9 in the second quarter. The Jets also made their own errors as well by dropping sure passes and sadly Chris Ivory was not effective in this game as the Cowboys defense stopped the run.
But the Jets who committed seven penalties in the first half and cleaned it up in the second half only committed one were able to make some plays and found Brandon Marshall who made four catches for 75 yards and the big 3yd grab by Eric Decker who faked out the defense going from the near side to the far and had lots of room to make the catch.
With that touchdown catch by Decker he and Marshall have made a new Jets record for WR Touchdowns combined with 21 passing Keyshawn Johnson & Wayne Chrebet from the 1998 season. But Decker also went six catches for 55yds and thankfully wasn’t injured early in the first half on that tackle where it looked like he might have injured a leg.
Since Nick Folk went down with an injured hip and is out for the season Randy Bullock has been a decent replacement, but this time around he failed to convert an extra point and as he converted a 40yd field goal before the first half ended; a penalty flag was thrown for an illegal shift.
So as Bullock retook the field goal for 45yds the ball sailed wide right and kept the Cowboys ahead by a point. So while Bullock dropped four points, Todd Bowles dropped three points on his own as he decided to go for it on 4th & 1 early in the first quarter instead of kicking a sure field goal to tie the game at three.
But as the dust settles the New York Jets eventually win the game and are now heading back home to host the New England Patriots for another pivotal AFC East Divisional match up.