The Jets (6-7) came into today’s game vs the Jaguars (2-11) needing to get some things rolling offensively but once again failed to put any consistent offensive passing plays together for the 3rd consecutive week. Mark Sanchez with another mediocre/poor game was bailed out by the aggressive and resilience running game via Bilal Powell and Shonn Greene who both found the endzone for the Jets AND the defense who managed to continue their consistent positive play. Mark Sanchez who was benched last week for Greg McElroy, was pretty much a non-factor as he was the epitome of a “game manger” vs a Jags team that came in ranked 28 vs the pass and 31st vs the run. Having said that, the Jets found themselves on the winning end of toady’s game vs the Jaguars 17-10 a day in which Mark Sanchez was responsible for handing off passes to Bilal Powell and Shonn Greene who ran it very effectively. The Jets have won 2 straight games at the right time of the year.
Sanchez who finished 12/19 111 yards no TDs or INTs managed the game somewhat effectively for the most part and most importantly didn’t throw any ints, which at this point, is a positive day for Sanchez and is unfortunately how we measure him at this point. Sanchez DID manage to FUMBLE the ball again which forced “IM SHOCKED” faces from everyone in JetNation. Powell and Greene finished with 155 total rushing yards, yards that were very effective down the stretch. As usual the Jets defense managed to hold its own once again and held the Jaguars to only 10 points. This week the pass rush, namely Muhammad Wilkerson looked good and managed to disrupt Jaguars QB Chad Henne JUST enough to keep him off his game and out of any positive rhythm. Wilkerson finished with 3 QB hits and 1 sack and was his usual beastly self. With this win, the Jets kept their slim playoff hopes alive and will look to continue their winning streak next Monday night vs the Tennessee Titans but will have to do so without rookie WR Stephen Hill who was injured early in the game. The Jets will probably look to sign a veteran WR to replace Hill or look to bring back one of their usual roster alternating WRs ie Jason Hill or Patrick Turner but either way, they will need to add some one to step into this anemic passing offense immediately.
Antonio Cromartie was also banged up and didnt return, though he didnt look to have suffered a serious injury but we’ll keep you posted on that and let you know if you need to worry about the fact that Kyle Wilson could possibly be the Jets num 1 CB SOON……
Bottom line; Sanchez didn’t do much to silence the critics but did enough to get the start next week and hopefully Sanchez will start to show more considering the Jets are actually STILL in the playoff hunt and anything can and WILL probably be happening as the season progresses and don’t be surprised to look up and see the Jets in the playoffs within the next 2 weeks and then QB play will become VERY crucial again.