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    Bears defensive back Brock Vereen broke up this pass intended for Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley in the end zone in the final minutes
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. » Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman needed a few extra minutes to clear his head.

His team took advantage of mistakes by the New York Jets to jump to an early lead, but then things got a little too close for comfort in a 27-19 win Monday night.

"It was quite a game," Trestman said after arriving a few minutes later than usual for his postgame news conference. "I thought we played an excellent football team. They have the ability to run it and they play terrific defense. I’m just proud of our football team. It was a team win."

Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett, and Ryan Mundy returned an interception 45 yards for a score. Cutler finished 23-for-38 for 225 yards and Alshon Jeffery caught eight passes for 105 yards for the Bears, who got a 45-yard field goal from Robbie Gould to make it an eight-point game with 3:10 remaining.

The Jets had one last opportunity to tie, getting into Bears territory on Geno Smith’s 51-yard pass to Hawaii alum Greg Salas. But Jeremy Kerley was out of bounds in the back of the end zone when he made a leaping grab of Smith’s desperation fourth-down heave from the Bears 9.

Cutler took a knee three times to seal the victory for the Bears.

"We just have to ride this momentum," Cutler said.

Smith was 26-for-43 for 316 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions — and nearly had a few others. Kerley finished with seven catches for 81 yards, and almost came up with a diving grab off a tipped pass in the end zone on the final drive.

"There were some plays you wish you could have back," Jets coach Rex Ryan said.

The Jets lost wide receiver Eric Decker in the first half to a hamstring injury; he was questionable for the game with tightness in the hamstring. Decker said he pulled himself out when he couldn’t get it loosened up. Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson also left with an injured right knee, but Ryan didn’t think it was serious.

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

East W L T Pct PF PA
Buffalo 2 1 0 .667 62 52
New England 2 1 0 .667 66 49
Miami 1 2 0 .333 58 83
N.Y. Jets 1 2 0 .333 62 72
South W L T Pct PF PA
Houston 2 1 0 .667 64 50
Indianapolis 1 2 0 .333 95 78
Tennessee 1 2 0 .333 43 69
Jacksonville 0 3 0 .000 44 119
North W L T Pct PF PA
Cincinnati 3 0 0 1.000 80 33
Baltimore 2 1 0 .667 65 50
Pittsburgh 2 1 0 .667 73 72
Cleveland 1 2 0 .333 74 77
West W L T Pct PF PA
Denver 2 1 0 .667 75 67
San Diego 2 1 0 .667 69 49
Kansas City 1 2 0 .333 61 65
Oakland 0 3 0 .000 37 65

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

East W L T Pct PF PA
Philadelphia 3 0 0 1.000 101 78
Dallas 2 1 0 .667 77 69
N.Y. Giants 1 2 0 .333 58 77
Washington 1 2 0 .333 81 64
South W L T Pct PF PA
Atlanta 2 1 0 .667 103 72
Carolina 2 1 0 .667 63 58
New Orleans 1 2 0 .333 78 72
Tampa Bay 0 3 0 .000 45 95
North W L T Pct PF PA
Detroit 2 1 0 .667 61 45
Chicago 2 1 0 .667 75 62
Minnesota 1 2 0 .333 50 56
Green Bay 1 2 0 .333 54 79
West W L T Pct PF PA
Arizona 3 0 0 1.000 66 45
Seattle 2 1 0 .667 83 66
St. Louis 1 2 0 .333 56 85
San Francisco 1 2 0 .333 62 68

WEEK 4
Thursday
N.Y. Giants at Washington, 2:25 p.m.
Sunday
Green Bay at Chicago, 7 a.m.
Buffalo at Houston, 7 a.m.
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 7 a.m.
Carolina at Baltimore, 7 a.m.
Detroit at N.Y. Jets, 7 a.m.
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 7 a.m.
Miami vs. Oakland at London, 7 a.m.
Jacksonville at San Diego, 10:05 a.m.
Philadelphia at San Francisco, 10:25 a.m.
Atlanta at Minnesota, 10:25 a.m.
New Orleans at Dallas, 2:30 p.m.
Open: Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, St. Louis
Monday
New England at Kansas City, 2:30 p.m.

BEARS 27, JETS 19

CHICAGO 14 3 7 3 27
N.Y. JETS 3 10 3 3 19

First Quarter
Chi—Mundy 45 interception return (Gould kick), 14:28.
Chi—Bennett 7 pass from Cutler (Gould kick), 9:54.
NYJ—FG Folk 43, 3:42.
Second Quarter
Chi—FG Gould 24, 13:54.
NYJ—FG Folk 28, 9:57.
NYJ—Kerley 19 pass from Smith (Folk kick), 3:45.
Third Quarter
Chi—Bennett 13 pass from Cutler (Gould kick), 11:28.
NYJ—FG Folk 22, :27.
Fourth Quarter
NYJ—FG Folk 42, 9:52.
Chi—FG Gould 45, 3:10.
A—78,160.

  Chi NYJ
First downs 17 21
Total Net Yards 257 414
Rushes-yards 21-60 26-114
Passing 197 300
Punt Returns 1-11 3-10
Kickoff Returns 4-73 4-81
Interceptions Ret. 2-57 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 23-38-0 26-43-2
Sacked-Yards Lost 4-28 3-16
Punts 5-42.6 3-48.3
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-1
Penalties-Yards 9-95 6-78
Time of Possession 28:08 31:52

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING—Chicago, Forte 13-33, Cutler 5-14, Jeffery 2-13, Carey 1-0. N.Y. Jets, Ivory 10-44, Johnson 10-34, Smith 3-20, B.Powell 2-13, Vick 1-3.
PASSING—Chicago, Cutler 23-38-0-225. N.Y. Jets, Smith 26-43-2-316.
RECEIVING—Chicago, Jeffery 8-105, Forte 6-43, Bennett 5-54, Holmes 2-9, Rosario 1-8, Marshall 1-6. N.Y. Jets, Kerley 7-81, Ivory 4-52, Amaro 3-54, Cumberland 3-18, Nelson 3-15, Salas 2-56, B.Powell 2-6, Decker 1-19, Sudfeld 1-15.

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