This may also be a spot that serves as a crossroads for the Jets season.
The Jets have games against the Steelers, Texans and 49ers in the first 6 weeks of the season. Even being a cockeyed optimist, you can’t rule out the possibility that the Jets will come into this game at 3-3. The Jets come into a softer few weeks after that game, and 4-3 is a much better position to be in than 4-3. Yes it’s only one game, but that one game can make a big difference in an always tight AFC playoff race.
The game could loom quite large.
This one will be a major benchmark for Mark Sanchez as well. As much of a spark that Tim Tebow could be in weeks prior, he will not be a factor in this one. Even when he was on his run with the Denver Broncos, the New England Patriots made him look like the inferior quarterback he is. If he is any type of factor in this game I will be surprised.
So it will be on Mark Sanchez. The “Ground and Pound” will be in full swing, but as we have learned, Tony Sparano puts emphasis on the big play as well. This game will give us as good of a sense as we will get as to where Mark is with the offense, and with his receivers.