EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jets running back Chris Johnson had his first 100-yard rushing game for the Jets in a 16-13 loss to Miami. With Johnson as the lead rusher, the Jets ran effectively, but still couldn't win the game.
"We feel like we could be doing it all year but we still didn't make enough plays," Johnson said. "We have to continue to work hard and try to continue to execute and turn some of those three points into six points instead."
Johnson once hoped to get back to a 2,000-yard season, but now is happy to have his first 100-yard game of the season. He ended with 105 yards on 17 carries -- including a pivotal 47-yard burst that set up the Jets only touchdown of the game. His previous best this season was 69 yards in Week 9 against the Chiefs.
"He went for over 100 yards," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "Chris Ivory ran the way he runs and I loved the way (Bilal) Powell moved as well. Chris Johnson did a tremendous job. We wanted to have fresh backs at the end of the year and we got them. I can't believe we're 2-10. It's a joke."
Turns out the fresh backs are more valuable when the games matter. With the Jets 2-10, the team has been out of the playoff hunt for two weeks. The running game was impressive -- the Jets gained 277 yards, but it was balanced against just 65 passing yards.
"Every loss (stings) the same," Johnson said. "We're just fighting hard and sticking together as a family."