Mark Sanchez looked impressive. Sanchez looked every bit the franchise quarterback he was drafted to be today in a 48-28 defeat of the Buffalo Bills at Met Life Stadium. Despite an early mistake via an attempted suffle pass to Jeff Cumberland which resulted in an interception #6 appeared posied and confident in an impressive showing this afternoon. Sanchez passed for 250+ yards with three touchdowns for a 123.4 quarterback rating and one interception in a game in which the New York Jets scored early and often. Mark Sanchez delivered the football accurately and on time keeping the offense ahead of the chains with great offesnvie rhythm. Sanchez stood tall in the pocket and displayed elite footwork to showcase the hard work and dedication put in during the offseason. Overall this was a great sign and provides a foundation the offense can build off of in the upcomming weeks.
Stephen Hill appears to be the real deal. While Hill struggled in the preseason with dropped passes and subpar route running, those concerns never appeared in todays win. Everyone knows Stephan Hill has elite measurables, and today he showcased them with 88 receiveing yards and two touchdowns against a struggling Bills secondary. Hill made nice adjustments on the fly to connect with Mark Sanchez on deep throws and managed to catch the football consitantyl while in the shadow of Buffalo defenders. If Hill can perform at the this level for the entirety of the season the New York Jets may have a real playmaker on the outside.
The defense was mediocre. The Buffalo Bills ammassed 195 yards rushing and outgained the Jets with 390 total yards of offense. The defensive backfield looked dominant with three interceptions while the front 7 appeared outmatched as CJ Spiller consistantly ripped off big gains both up the middle and on the outside. The loss of Sione Pouha proved significant as he has the ability to stuff the middle and disrupt runningbacks behind the line of scrimage, something the Jets lacked severly in today’s matchup. While the front 7 struggled, the backfield duo of Yehremiah Bell and Laron Landry provided a physical presence not seen in years past. While both players made some mistakes attempting to make the highlight reel, they provided plenty of big hit which certainly got in the head of bills receivers and running backs. While there may not be much incentive to play hard when up big early in the game, the New York Jets defense must improve against the run to win close games later in the season.