The grades are in, from the Jets 29-26 loss yesterday afternoon. They put in a very good effort, and the grades reflect as much:
Mark Sanchez did have a good stat line, 28-41 for 328 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. He made some excellent throws, including the TD to Dustin Keller, and several pinpont throws to Jeremy Kerley. All in all, he had a pretty accurate day. The grade comes down because of the mistakes Mark made. His safety, the INT, the game ending fumble, were all at points that were far too critical to overlook. When the game hung in the balance, Mark Sanchez made too many mistakes to rate a higher grade.
Although they only averaged 3.2 yards per carry, the backs did have their moments. In limited work, Lex Hilliard was over 4 yards per carry, and Shonn Greenedid add a touchdown. The Jets did stick with it, and when it was working, Mark Sanchez was able to be his most effective, when he could throw off of play action. We have to take a little bit off of the grade with the botched handoff. But, the running game wasn’t bad.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:B-
Jeremy Kerley stepped up with a huge performance, recording 7 catches for 120 yards. Mark Sanchez’s favorite was back to his old self, as Dustin Keller added catches for 93 yards. These two played an excellent football game. Stephen Hill added 4 catches of his own, but his drop late in the game was huge, and could have changed the final score. People can criticize Mark Sanchez all he wants, but when he makes a perfect throw, he can’t catch it for them. Nobody else was a factor, including a bad performance by Chaz Schilens.
Although they did allow four sacks, they did give Mark Sanchez a lot of time to throw for most of this game. Sanchez overall performed well, and that is a credit to the offensive line. Add to that, the fact that there were holes for the running game against a top rushing defense, and the line gets a solid B.