Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Halftime Update: New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions

At the half in Detroit, the Lions are beating the Jets 20-7. That is not the important thing in an opening preseason game, so here are a couple of statistical updates.

Mark Sanchez had a bad INT to Ziggy Ansah on an attempted screen pass that went back for a TD. Other than that, Mark was sharp, going 10-13 for 125 yards, a 26 yard TD pass to Jeff Cumberland, and the one INT. Geno Smith came in the game in the second quarter, and went 5-6 for 42 yards.

Ryan Spadola was on the field with the ones and did make one catch to convert a third down. He ran an excellent route on a crossing pattern to convert a third and long. The TD catch by Cumberland was an excellent route run, and connection from Mark.

On defense, Mo Wilkerson, despite being held, had one sack. Quinton Coples batted a pass down early, and Ricky Sapp had a nice pressure on QB Shaun Hill. Darrin Walls got beat for one TD, not helping his cause, but Kyle Wilson looked good.

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  • Paul Newbold

    1 st preseaon game, so ok, the pads were on and folks were hitting again, that’s good. I wasn’t really impressed with much. Too early on, I’m sure it will give the coaches ideas of what they still need to work on. Quite sloppy overall, but it is pre season. Go Jets!!

    • TheJetPress

      not unfair Paul

  • Frank Antonelli

    When are we going to stop making excuses for Mark. This is the type of stuff that gets coaches fired. He said and I quote:

    “We had a pretty good plan on the screen,” Sanchez said at the half.
    “They threw the back down as I was trying to throw it over to him. The
    next thing I know a defensive lineman jumps out and picks it off. Not
    the ideal start, but those things happen in the course of a game.”

    Really Mark, those things happen???? Yes to you they do! That doesn’t happen to quality QBs OVER AND OVER again. It’s ridiculous how many times he allows the other team to score. It is becoming increasingly difficult to support Mark.

    • matr dontelli iii

      unless mark throw his way to a backup position i the next two games he will have those two games to start scoring more for his team than the opponent. i think it was clear that geno is not ready, you cannot stare down you receivers then throw late, no matter how strong your arm is. if mark doesn’t start providing more points for the jets than the opponents in the next two games i think mcelroy should start until geno is ready. there’s no sense in having mark continue to play ‘seven for you, seven for us’ with mcelroy on the bench. and i do not like mcelroy the person. but if were gonna depend on the defense and special teams then really, why do we need mark in there?