The Jets proved their dominance offensively on their first possession, and defensively on the Jaguars first possession. They were up 9-0 within five minutes, and the only reason the Jaguars scored at all is because their kicker has a big leg and because the Jets got careless in the battle for field position. Here are some of the key points of the game:
Jetting out to a fast start-
After going 16 games without a first quarter TD, the Jets showed a commitment to getting off to a better start offensively. Usually Rex likes to put his defense on the field first, but after winning the coin toss the Jets choose to receive.
Antonio Cromartie brought the return out to the 35-yardline from 5-yards deep. Sanchez completed four passes on the drive including one to Santonio Holmes that ended the first quarter touchdown drought. Sanchez squeezed it beautifully between two defenders and Holmes leaped and caught the ball with his arms fully extended into the air to give the Jets a 7-0 lead.
The Jets held the Jaguars offense to just 13 yard of total offense in the first quarter. Rookie Muhammad Wilkerson sacked Josh McCown for a safety on 3rd down during the Jags first offensive possession.
The Jaguars only score came on a bomb 55-yard field goal by Josh Scobee after they got great field position because the Jets punt coverage team committed a penalty.
All-pro center Nick Mangold had two defenders fall on his knee from behind during the first half. The injury looked serious at first, but Mangold got up and hobbled off the field without any assistance. He did not return in the second half, but appeared to be okay standing on the sideline.
A half-dozen ints-
Each quarterback threw two interceptions in the first half. McCown added two more in the 3rd quarter before he was pulled from the game. Some responsibility for the picks has to go to the blockers on both sides. The two quarterbacks saw a great deal of pressure.
After losing Mangold, the Jets had a lot of trouble protecting Sanchez. Right tackle Wayne Hunter looked particularly sluggish. Matt Roth beat Turner badly early in the 4th quarter. Roth put a big hit on Sanchez as he was letting the ball go. Sanchez was slow to get up from the shot.
With the game out of reach, the Jets pulled Sanchez on the next drive and backup Mark Brunell, who turned 41 years old yesterday, finished out the game.
Darrelle Revis is so overhyped that the Jaguars only threw in his direction once the entire game. Even that was one time too much. Revis had the receiver completely blanketed on the play.
On the other side of the field Cromartie picked off two passes. Cromartie is incredibly athletic and with teams afraid to throw at Revis, Cromartie has the opportunity to make a lot of big plays.
The Jaguars really missed their talented tight end Marcedes Lewis who sat out the game with an injury. Not only is the Jets defense is vulnerable against pass catching tight ends, but the Jags receivers were incredibly overmatched by the Jets cornerbacks.
Tight end Dustin Keller led the Jets receivers with 6 receptions, 101 yards and a touchdown. He showed some skill with the ball as he made two nice spin moves to get himself some yards after contact. The touchdown was Keller’s second in as many games this season. It’s no secret that Sanchez loves to throw to Keller, who is very fast and athletic for someone who is 6’2 and 250 lbs. Look for Keller to have a big year.
Blaine gets in the game-
The Jags rookie first round quarterback Blaine Gabbert saw his first game action after coach Jack Del Rio pulled McCown. Gabbert mostly handed the ball off and made short passes. He aired it out once, but overthrew his receiver. Early reports confirm that Gabbert is, in fact, very tall.
About the Author
Written by Fran Berkman
Francis (Fran) Berkman is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a BS in Human Development. He is currently working towards a master's degree in journalism at Hofstra University. He lives in Massapequa, NY.