Mistakes abound as Redskins lead Jets at the half

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It hasn’t been a particularly attractive 30 minutes of football at FedEx Field.

Rex Grossman has connected on 9-of-20 passes and should have extended his games with turnover streak to 14 on a couple of occasions, but the Jets were penalized on what looked like a Brodney Pool pick and Pool dropped another potential interception in the end zone. Grossman also hurt Washington’s chances at scoring a touchdown late in the half by getting penalized for trying to call back-to-back timeouts. They had to settle for a field goal, giving the ‘Skins a 13-10 lead at the half.

They were in golden position to score a touchdown after Jets punt returner Jeremy Kerley fumbled a punt on the 18-yard-line. It is the fourth straight week with a special teams turnover for a Jets team that used to regularly enjoy an advantage in that arena. They made another big blunder in the kicking game when Garrett McIntyre hammered Redskins punter Sav Rocca, but the officials called it running into the kicker when it looked like the more serious roughing infraction.

On more positive notes, Roy Helu has looked very good for the Redskins once again and Fred Davis is making the most of his last game before a suspension by running all over the Jets secondary. Poor tackling by the Jets has helped both men, but they are taking advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves.

The Jets only had the ball three times because of Kerley’s fumble and they have had two long scoring drives to get them points, leaving them with an edge in possession while getting outgained. Mark Sanchez has avoided disaster, but the run game hasn’t produced as hoped in a game the Jets have to win if they expect to make the playoffs.