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                         === Powell, Jets down Rams ===
 
 St.  Louis, MO  (Sports Network) - Bilal  Powell had the most effective day of
 his career, rushing for two touchdowns and helping the New York Jets to a much
 needed 27-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
 
 Powell  rushed for just 42 yards on 11 carries, but scored twice in the fourth
 quarter  to help  secure the win for  New York (4-6), which got an outstanding
 effort out of its defense.
 
 Despite  early offensive  miscues,  the Jets'  defense  stayed resilient.  For
 the  game,  they forced  five  punts  and three  turnovers,  which  led to  14
 offensive points, while holding the Rams (3-6-1) to just 281 yards of offense.
 
 "Our  guys have been working extremely hard and I'm really happy for all of us
 that  it showed  today," said  Jets coach  Rex Ryan.  "It was  really a  sound
 performance by the entire team."
 
 After a rough game last week in Seattle, Mark Sanchez managed the game well on
 Sunday.  He completed 15-of-20 throws for 178 yards and threw a touchdown pass
 to Chaz Schilens, who led the team with four catches for 48 yards.
 
 Shonn  Greene  paced the  rushing attack with  64 yards on  18 carries for the
 Jets,  who will  have a short week  to prepare for the New England Patriots on
 Thanksgiving night.
 
 Sam  Bradford  struggled to get  the Rams' offense in  rhythm most of the day.
 Although  he tossed  a pair of touchdowns to Brandon Gibson, he completed just
 23-of-44  passes for 170 yards, threw an interception and lost a fumble in the
 defeat.
 
 Nick Folk had a field goal blocked and Tim Tebow failed to trick the Rams on a
 fake  punt on  consecutive possessions in the first half, but the Jets started
 to finish drives late in the second quarter.
 
 Off a Bradford fumble and a 38-yard return from Bart Scott, the Jets took over
 on the St. Louis 28 trailing 7-3, but Sanchez quickly put them ahead.
 
 On the second play of the series, Sanchez lofted a deep ball down the field to
 a  wide open  Schilens, who  hauled  it in  for  25-yard score  for the  Jets,
 who  finally scored  an offensive touchdown after going nine quarters straight
 without one.
 
 After  forcing the Rams to go three-and-out on their next touch, Sanchez fired
 a  32-yard  strike to Jeremy Kerley  to set up  Folk for 51-yard field goal to
 give the Jets a 13-7 lead.
 
 New  York caught a break just before halftime, as they let Chris Givens return
 the  ensuing kick  98 yards for a score,  however, it was called back due to a
 holding penalty.
 
 "That's  the second  consecutive  week we've  had a  long  return called  back
 because of a penalty," said Rams coach Jeff Fisher. "That was a momentum thing
 for us and we weren't able to take advantage of it."
 
 The  Jets  started to create some  separation by bridging the third and fourth
 quarters with a 12-play drive that lasted nearly seven minutes to build a two-
 score lead.
 
 On  3rd-and-goal, the  Jets ran  a draw  play to  Powell, who  fought his  way
 across the goal line to give the Jets a 20-7 advantage early in the fourth.
 
 The  Rams'  offense continued  to flounder  on their first  touch of the final
 period, as Daryl Richardson coughed up the ball on a carry. New York's Garrett
 McIntyre  dove on it and the Jets once again started with great field position
 on the St. Louis 38.
 
 The  Jets capitalized  off the turnover and  put the game out of reach for the
 Rams,  as Powell scored his second touchdown of the game, rushing into the end
 zone  from 11 yards out to give the Jets a commanding 27-7 lead with 8:29 left
 to play.
 
 The  Rams finally put something together following a Givens 48-yard return, as
 Bradford lofted a 2-yard pass to Gibson for a touchdown.
 
 However, they failed on the two-point conversion attempt and the Rams couldn't
 recover the ensuing onside kick, securing the victory for New York.
 
 The  Rams scored first to take the early lead, but once the Jets went up 10-7,
 they never led again.
 
 Bradford  led  a balanced  attack for  the Rams on  their first possession and
 capped  a  13-play, 86-yard  drive with  a 1-yard touchdown  pass to Gibson on
 fourth  down. Earlier  in the drive, Austin Pettis made a leaping 36-yard grab
 on 3rd-and-4 to set the Rams up inside the Jets' 20.
 
 The  Jets were able to answer with a field goal on their next touch, thanks in
 large  part to Joe McKnight. He returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards and then
 hauled  in an  18-yard pass on third down,  helping to set up Folk for a field
 goal try, which he connected from 51 yards out.
 
 Eric  Smith  came away with an  interception on the Rams' next possession deep
 inside their territory, but the Jets played conservative and settled for a 26-
 yard field goal, which got blocked by Janoris Jenkins.
 
 On  the Jets' next  touch, they tried a fake punt, but the Rams were ready for
 it,  as they stuffed  Lex Hilliard, who caught a shovel pass from Tebow, for a
 loss.
 
 But  New York's  defense  continued  to make  stops,  as  Mo Wilkerson  sacked
 Bradford  and forced the ball out. Scott picked up the loose ball and returned
 in 38 yards to the St. Louis  28.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Jets improved to a 10-2 when Sanchez has a passer rating over 100 ... The
 Rams,  who have lost four of their last five, will travel to Arizona next week
 to  face the Cardinals ... Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, who missed three
 games  due to  an injured collarbone. twisted  his ankle in the first half but
 returned in the third quarter.
 
 11/18 19:36:16 ET

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