All right fans, week 1 is in the books, and it’s time to put in our gradess. Rex Ryan and company will be happy with these grades, as these will increase the GPA quite a bit. Here we go:
Mark Sanchez had an outstanding football game, completing 19-27 for 266 yards and 3 TDs, two of them to Stephen Hill. The only blemish on the day was the ill-advised flip pass on the opening drive that resulted in an interception. The great thing about it was how Mark responded, which was with poise and confidence. He wouldn’t have done that in the past, and is a great sign. Tim Tebow didn’t attempt a throw so he doesn’t figure into the grade.
The Jets didn’t have a great day running the football, netting only 118 yards on the ground and a 3.3 yard average. It was good enough today to keep the Bills off balance, but that won’t be good enough as the season goes along. Shonn Greene did have 94 yards on 27 carries and 1 TD, but a pedestrian 3.5 yards per carry. Tim Tebow only rushed for 11 yards, Bilal Powell for 10. That has to get better.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS:A
Stephen Hill was the star of the day on the outside, with 5 catches for 89 yards and 2 TDs in his debut. He, for the most part, cured his preseason case of the dropsies, and looked like he all the threat they hoped he would be and more. Jeremy Kerley added a TD in 4 catches, and Santonio Holmes added 4 receptions of his own. Even Chaz Schilens had a catch. Dustin Keller only had one, but he was still a bit hampered by his hamstring.
The offensive line was tremendous yesterday, led by the young Austin Howard. He had to deal with “Super” Mario Williams all day long, and you didn’t even hear his name called. The line as a whole was great, not letting Mark Sanchez take a sack all game long. The only thing keeping them from an A+ was the running game not averaging 4 yards per carry. Good job all and all.