The grades are in from last night’s 23-17 loss to the Texans, so let’s get to it:
Mark Sanchez was his usual average self. He again was under 50% completion, 14-31 for 230 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. He did make some big throws, like the touchdown to Jeff Cumberland and the big connections to Jeremy Kerley. However, the throw to Antonio Cromartie, was not good, and although the ending interception should have been caught, the throw was still too high.
Tim Tebow should have been 1-1, as he made a beautiful throw down the field to Jason Hill. If not for a great play on defense he would been. He had one great run to set up a first and goal, but wasn’t given the opportunity to do more.
Another poor outing for the Jets running game. The great Shonn Greene put up 8 carries for 26 yards, but 12 of those yards were racked up on 1 carry. He looked slow, continued to look so, and needs to be off the football field. Bilal Powell looked faster, with 4 carries for 18 yards, but he was not given an opportunity to make an impact on the football game. “Ground and Pound”? Ha! Insert your own replacement names for the Jets running attack.
RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:B-
For what it’s worth, the receivers stepped up a bit last night. Jeremy Kerley had another huge game, proving, as we talked about earlier this week, that he is emerging as a reliable threat for Mark Sanchez. 5 catches for 94 yards led all receivers last night. He did a terrific job. So did Chaz Schilens although it didn’t translate into the numbers as much. 4 catches for 29 yards doesn’t jump off the page, but when you watch the game, it becomes apparent. Schilens is a tough route runner, and a big target for Mark Sanchez. He has great hands, and will be an asset as a possession receiver.
Jeff Cumberland did catch a 27 yard touchdown pass, although he bobbled the ball initially. The ball went off his hands that ended the game with the INT, but he should have made the catch. The throw was high, but not uncatchable. He is improving as a receiver, but more needs to come.
It was a very average performance for the offensive line last night. They still are opening up zero for the running game, 3 yards per carry is not going to work. They did a decent job in the passing game, Mark Sanchez had time to make some throws, but they had a difficult time with JJ Watt. Everybody does, but they didn’t take him out. They also need to do a better job of keeping the defensive line’s hands down to keep the passing lanes open.