FitzMagic is real — and the Jets are 4-1 for the first time since 2010
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and the Jets overcame a sluggish start to beat the banged-up Washington Redskins 34-20 on Sunday.
Chris Ivory ran for 146 yards and a TD on 20 carries for the Jets, who improved to 4-1 for the first time since the 2010 team opened 5-1. Brandon Marshall had seven catches for 111 yards, and Eric Decker also caught a TD pass.
The Jets, coming off a bye-week break, trailed 13-10 at halftime, with the Redskins (2-4) scoring their points off three turnovers — all by Bashaud Breeland.
But New York opened the second half with 24 straight points to take control against a Washington team without several starters, including wide receiver DeSean Jackson, left tackle Trent Williams and cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Chris Culliver.
Kirk Cousins was 25 of 43 for 196 yards with a touchdown to Pierre Garcon and two interceptions for the Redskins. He has two interceptions each in four games this season — all losses. Cousins has no INTs in Washington’s two wins.
The Redskins downgraded Jackson to out Saturday; he hasn’t played since the season opener because of a left hamstring injury. Tight end Jordan Reed, center Kory Lichtensteiger and backup running back Matt Jones were also out.
With so many injuries, even Robert Griffin III was active — as the Redskins’ third-string quarterback — for the first time this season.
Nick Folk tied it at 13 with a 39-yard field goal early in the second half. Two plays later, the Jets got the ball back when Darrelle Revis made an easy interception of Cousins’ pass for Ryan Grant. It was Revis’ sixth takeaway of the season.
With the ball at the Redskins 18, the Jets wasted no time as Fitzpatrick took off up the middle, got a big block from tight end Kellen Davis near the goal line and got into the end zone for a 20-13 lead.
Marshall made it 26-13 with a terrific fingertips catch just off his shoe tops, getting inside of Breeland on a low throw. He then scooted down the sideline for a 35-yard TD — as Breeland sat on the field with his head in his hands in disbelief.
New York got the ball right back when Marcus Gilchrist picked off Cousins’ deep pass for Jamison Crowder. Decker caught a 2-yard pass to put the Jets comfortably in front, 34-13 early in the fourth quarter.
The Redskins crept closer when Jeron Johnson blocked Ryan Quigley’s punt and Rashad Ross recovered in the end zone with just under four minutes left. But Davis recovered the onside kick.
The Redskins, starting at the Jets 37 after Breeland recovered Decker’s fumble on New York’s opening drive, needed seven plays to get into the end zone, capped by Cousins’ 2-yard toss to Garcon. The drive was kept alive by Ryan Grant’s 6-yard catch on third-and-5 — ending the Jets’ streak of consecutive third-down stops at 19.
New York came right back, tying it on Ivory’s 1-yard run that capped an 11-play, 83-yard drive.
Washington forced another turnover when Breeland ripped the ball out of Marshall’s hands after a 12-yard catch, and Dustin Hopkins kicked a 54-yard field goal to tie it at 10.
The Jets turned it over again on their next possession as Fitzpatrick’s pass tipped off Marshall’s hands and Breeland made a diving interception. Six plays later, Hopkins kicked a 30-yarder for a 13-10 lead.