Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hunger Satisfied

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hunger Satisfied

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ST. LOUIS - With the holidays quickly approaching, the aftermath of the Jets' 27-13 win over St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome had the feeling of a Thanksgiving gathering, with some Jets seeking out former teammates such as center Rob Turner and tight end Matthew Mulligan to chat and renew acquaintances.

And the game itself? Well, that was the football version of comfort food for coach Rex Ryan and the Jets, with old favorites such as timely turnovers, good game management and tough running in the red zone providing the recipe for a satisfying and much-needed victory.

"We needed a win, obviously, in the worst way," Ryan said after the Jets (4-6) snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided going four games under .500 for the first time during Ryan's coaching regime. "You just have to stay the course, believe in what you're doing and good things happened" Sunday.

Even after a slow start that had all the earmarks of another here- we-go-again afternoon for the Jets, who allowed a strip sack, a touchdown pass to a wide-open Ram and a blocked field-goal attempt, all in the first 19 minutes. But the youthful Rams (3-6-1) provided plenty of pre-Thanksgiving Midwestern hospitality, in the form of three turnovers (to none by the Jets) and a shaky effort by third- year quarterback Sam Bradford (23-for-44), who missed numerous wide- open targets and made some poor decisions, too.

"It feels great. It's something that we needed," said safety LaRon Landry, whose forced fumble set up the Jets' last touchdown. "We just have to be consistent. We played start to finish. We had a couple of hiccups throughout the game, but we had time to correct it and we executed."

A big part of the formula was the play of quarterback Mark Sanchez (15-for-20, 178 yards, no interceptions). His 25-yard touchdown pass to Chaz Schilens, who made a double move on corner Trumaine Johnson while Sanchez pump-faked, put the Jets ahead to stay 10-7 in the second quarter. …

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