Jets quarterback Josh McCown threw for 140 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score in Thursday's 34-21 win over the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium.
McCown threw just six passes in the second half, as the Jets forced two of their three turnovers in the third and fourth quarters, as they combined for 194 rushing yards as a team.
With the Jets driving to the Buffalo 10-yard line in the first quarter, McCown scrambled out of the pocket on third-and-5, pump-faked and ran into the end zone untouched to give New York an early 7-0 lead.
"It was a play we put in this week for the red zone, and we kind of were running some crossers there and they covered everybody," McCown said, according to the Bergen Record's Andy Vasquez. "I guess, thankfully, this is when your bio comes in handy and maybe all of them read that I was 38, and they were back, and so I was able to go get in the end zone. With each step that you go down the field, you think somebody should be here by now, but I was able to get in. For me, it's just about competing and having fun. They took [the throws] away, and the O-Line gave me time to read the field and then step up, and I was able to get in the end zone."
The veteran quarterback did it with his arm, too. Following his 257-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Falcons, McCown completed 14 of 20 passes in the game, including a 25-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson in the third quarter that gave the Jets a 17-7 lead.
But McCown credited the offensive line and the running game for solidifying the win, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
"You can't say enough about the run game and the guys up front and [offensive coordinator John Morton] for calling it ... the running backs played well and closed it out," McCown told the Jets' official site.
The Jets' win puts them at 4-5 and in the middle of the AFC wild-card race, behind the Jaguars, Dolphins and Ravens for the No. 6 spot in the conference. While New York faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday, they end the season by playing four of their last six games against teams with records above .500.
"We know that our record should be better than this, but you are what your record says," McCown said, according to the Jets' official site. "Moving forward, we're going to go down to Tampa -- that'll be a tough group down there -- but if we go down, get that win and get to .500 at the bye, that'd be great. Then we can get some guys healthy, come back and see how it goes these last six games."
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With the running game working, McCown didn't need to throw much this week, but he was efficient when he did. He threw just seven passes after halftime, completing five. In the first half, while the game was still in the balance, McCown gave the Jets the lead with a touchdown scramble, completing a drive he'd kept alive himself with another third-down run. >> Read more about McCown and the rest of the offense in the BGA...