Week 9: N.Y. Jets (32) vs. Lions (33)

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  1. Winuvas

    Winuvas OMFL Jets

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    Week 9: N.Y. Jets (32) vs. Lions (33)

    Lions Roar in upset of Jets

    by Arnold Driver
    Blogger, Detroit News

    Coach Winuvas said that during what we now call "The Purge" in Detroit these days, he was bringing in what he thought were "winners". Well, in their first test together as a new crew, they surprised a lot of OMFL experts with a 33-32 upset of the New York Jets this Sunday at Ford Field.

    The scoring began with Detroit's opening possession. With a power running game attack, the Lions moved down the field and busted it through the end zone with a 1 yard run from rookie tailback Jahvid Best and got ahead 7-0.

    The Jets, however, were up to the task as well, using their monstrous offensive line to open holes for Shonn Greene, Ladanian Tomlinson, and even Joe McKnight, for a touchdown which was capped off by fullback John Conner's 3 yard rumble to tie the game at 7. Late in the first quarter, a busted coverage left former Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson open, and Sanchez found him for a 24 yard pass to bring the score to 14-7 to end the first quarter.

    The Lions managed to get to the 40 yard line before stalling early in the second quarter, and they brought in rookie kicker Aaron Pettrey for a 56 yard field goal, which he nailed.

    "Kid has quite a leg and lots of upside," Coach Winuvas commented.

    The Lions played bend, but don't break, defensively, and late in the first half Sanchez found Dustin Keller for a 9 yard pass. Detroit immediately put their two minute offense into play, and got within range of Pettrey for another long field goal, this time 51 yards, to end the half at 21-13.

    A big interception in zone coverage by former Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery kicked off the second half for the Lions, getting them a turnover they desperately needed to stay in the game. Detroit made it pay dividends, getting tailback Kevin Smith in from 8 yards out for a 21-19 score. Detroit attempted, and failed, the two point conversion. Late in the third, Ladanian Tomlinson ran in from 7 yards out to get the fourth quarter started at 29-19 after the Jets completed a 2 point conversion.

    The running attack for Detroit made its mark in the fourth, as the Jets could not get Jahvid Best down until after he made 4-5 yard gains. Best scored from 2 yards out to make the score 29-26 early in the fourth. Another Jets drive marched down the field, but the Lions stalled it deep in their own territory, and Jets kicker Nick Folk came out to get a chip shot 19 yard field goal to make the score 32-26.

    Then, against all logic, Coach Winuvas came out and ran the ball with 3 minutes left. Again and again the coach called runs, allowing Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford to audible out if he saw some line discrepancies.

    "I let (Matthew) Stafford do his thing out there. I know what I wanted, but I let him make changes if he saw something he didn't like. He made good decisions," Coach Winuvas said after the game.

    Stafford got them to the 1 yard line with less than a minute left, and powered it in with Jahvid Best for his third score of the game and giving the Lions the lead at 33-32. Forty-two seconds is a lot of time in the OMFL, though, and Coach Winuvas knew it.

    "We forced the Jets to burn their timeouts, but I still would rather have taken a bit more time off the clock. Can't argue with the results, though," Coach Winuvas commented.

    The Jets got out to the 34 yard line before a Sanchez rollout ended badly with a throw into coverage. Cornerback Chris Houston came through with an interception to end the Jets' day and get the win for the Lions. Houston was nicked up on the play, but it was nothing serious.

    "Think he just had the wind knocked out of him from that pass," Coach Winuvas joked.

    For the Lions, quarterback Matthew Stafford was solid, going 14 of 21 for 183 yards and no touchdowns, but also no interceptions. Stafford was also a force in the running game, getting 6 key scrambles for 48 yards. Rookie halfback Jahvid Best showed why Detroit drafted him in the first round, getting 19 rushes for 97 yards and 3 touchdowns. Halfback Kevin Smith also got a score on 4 attempts and 18 yards. Receiving wise, with cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie tying up Lions receivers all day long, Stafford went to his tight ends, with Tony Scheffler (2 receptions, 41 yards) and Brandon Pettigrew (3 catches, 12 yards) key contributors. Defensively, the star was cornerback Chris Houston, who had 4 tackles, 1 sack on a corner blitz, and the interception which iced the game.

    For the New York Jets, Mark Sanchez went 16 of 25 for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns to go with 2 interceptions. The rushing attack was split between Joe McKnight (6 carries, 21 yards), Ladanian Tomlinson (6 carries, 45 yards), and Shonn Greene (7 carries, 40 yards). Receiving was led by former Lion Calvin Johnson, Jr., with 5 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. Ladanian Tomlinson had 3 catches for 106 yards, but one of them was a 57 yard coverage bust by Detroit. Tight end Dustin Keller had 4 catches for 54 yards and a touchdown as well. Defensively for New York, safety Brodney Pool had 6 tackles on the day.

    "We played well, but we still have room to improve on both sides of the ball. We didn't stop the Jets by any stretch. We just didn't turn the ball over, and they did. That won us the game. We have to play stiffer defense though. Offensively, these guys surprised me, to be honest. The offensive line moved the Jets' front seven around well. (Rookie Jahvid) Best ran like a man possessed and hit holes well. Stafford hit guys when they were open, and ran when nothing was there. We play like that, with stiffer defense, we'll be all right the rest of the season and next season," Coach Winuvas said during his post game press conference.

    Detroit (3-5) goes to Buffalo next week for another AFC East game against new coach Matt. The Jets (5-3) go to Cleveland to take on the Browns.

    Coach Winuvas gets a huge win in his first game in Detroit against a more talented Jets team. Will this win carry over as confidence to Buffalo? Or will the Lions suffer a hangover and get sloppy? Right now, the city is happy. But one loss will get them back where they are used to being: down on the Lions.

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  2. Winuvas

    Winuvas OMFL Jets

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    Sci, hats off to you by the way. All our restarts we had we had a close game each time. Glad that we could get this game finished up without a CPU playthrough. GL rest of the season.
     
  3. BadaBing319

    BadaBing319 OMFL Broncos / PMFL Eagles

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    Sounds like a great game - congrats on the win with your new team...
     
  4. Claven

    Claven OMFL-Redskins

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    Damn you Winuvas, I thought we talked about this.
     
  5. Winuvas

    Winuvas OMFL Jets

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    Well, to be fair, YOU talked about it. :)
     

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