The grades are in from yesterday’s 35-9 win over the Colts. Rest assured, these grades will certainly raise everyone’s GPA. Let’s get to it.
Mark Sanchez may not have been outstanding yesterday, but he certainly was efficient, going 11-18 for 82 yards and 2 TDs. The running game performed so well that Mark Sanchez did not need to do much, but he did what he had to do. He didn’t turn the ball over once. His two touchdown throws were excellent, throws that were as good as anybody can make. He had some inaccuracies throughout the game, but for the most part, he did what he had to do to help his team win, and that is all you can ask for from your quarterback.
The running game performed as if they were tired of being criticized. They had a chip on their shoulders, and it showed in their performance. Shonn Greene, for the first time that anyone can remember, put in a dominant performance, setting a career high of 161 yards on 32 carries(also a career high), and tying his career best with 3 TDs. Shonn, in particular, looked like a guy that was sick of being criticized. Many have, especially during the week leading up to the game against the Colts, called for his benching. Greene responded with a career-topping performance, and he deserves all the credit in the world.
Joe McKnight was finally given an opportunity, though a limited one, to make some plays on the offensive side of the football and Joe responded, posting 71 yards on just 3 carries. Yes, 61 came on one carry, but he looked explosive. When your team has a limited number of playmakers, you have to give those playmakers a chance in space whenever possible. It’s nice to see the Jets finally giving Joe a chance, hopefully it will continue.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:B-
It’s hard to give these guys a huge grade, simply because their wasn’t a large sampling to grade them from. The running game was so good, the Jets didn’t throw the ball very often. The plays they had to make, they did make. Stephen Hill caught the ball with his hands much better than in the past, and made an excellent catch on his TD. Jason Hill ran a good route to catch his TD pass. The receivers made the catches that they had to.
The grade comes down because of the lack of impact made by the tight ends. A lot was made of the return of Dustin Keller, but he was a non factor. He rcorded only one catch for 6 yards, and no other tight end made a catch.
A lot of credit must be sent this group’s way. The running game was awesome, running for over five yards per carry, and the line played a huge part in that. They opened holes better than we can all remember, and the running backs reaped the benefits. Mark Sanchez reaped the benefits of the line as well, being only sacked once, and having a good clean pocket for most of the game.