Jones' leads Jets to largest win in history
By Dennis Waszak Jr.
|New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) comes down with a 30-yard pass from Brett Favre with St. Louis Rams cornerback Fakhir Brown defending, for a first down during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, in East Rutherford, N.J. Keller had 107 yards receiving and one touchdown in the Jets' 47-3 win.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Brett Favre hung out on the New York Jets' sideline after calling it an early day, relishing a rout that was unlike any other in franchise history.
It's proof positive of what this team is capable of being, Favre said.
The dominant Jets took advantage of every mistake by the St. Louis Rams, making their 47-3 rout Sunday look more like a scrimmage than an NFL game. They planned to celebrate for at least a few hours before they started preparing for their big matchup at New England on Thursday night.
I've only had about five minutes to really think about it, coach Eric Mangini said. It's New England. It's a tough game, a conference opponent and it's always a tough environment up there.
The Jets (6-3) certainly made things tough for the Rams (2-7) at the Meadowlands. Thomas Jones had three touchdown runs, Jay Feely kicked four field goals including a franchise record-tying 55-yarder and the Jets converted five turnovers into 27 points. Their previous biggest win was 45-3 over Houston in 1988.
It's awesome to be in a game like that, a grinning Favre said.
That is, as long as you're on the winning side.
It was embarrassing, Rams interim coach Jim Haslett said. That was bad football all the way around. I can't even describe it.
The Jets have won three straight and five of six, with the only blemish a 16-13 overtime loss at Oakland three weeks ago. New York is tied with New England at the top of the AFC East, making Thursday's matchup between the rivals even more intriguing.
They've been the nemesis for the whole league, not just this franchise, fullback Tony Richardson said.
Jones had 26 carries for 149 yards, and Favre was 14-of-19 for 167 yards and a touchdown to Dustin Keller before being replaced by Kellen
Clemens in the fourth quarter. It was the Jets' first win over the Rams since 1983.
It definitely feels good to be at this point right now, Favre said. A game like this does a lot for you, but I don't think this team will be overconfident.