It was a rough night for the Jets’ quarterback duo. The defending Super Bowl champion Giants proved their defense is right where it left off last season.
When Rex Ryan and his team look back at the tape of this game they’ll see a lot of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow both with their backs to the ground. The offensive line could not handle the Giants’ pass rush and as a result gave up a total of seven sacks in the 26-3 loss at MetLife Stadium.
Sanchez’s completion percentage, 9 for 11 with 59 yards, is a little misleading. He never found much of a rhythm and was forced to rush a number of throws. The big blow came near the end of the first half when rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley intercepted a Sanchez pass and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown.
Tebow didn’t have a great deal of success either. The most talked about backup quarterback led the Jets only scoring drive resulting in a 30-yard field goal by Josh Brown, but his 69 yards on 5 of 14 attempts was not enough to lead a comeback.
Gang Green’s defense looked pretty solid for the most part. It’s no secret the defensive unit is vicious. It was among the best in the league last season and with some new additions they have the talent to take the number one spot. First-round pick Quinton Coples had three tackles including a sack and LaRon Landry intercepted a ball thrown by Eli Manning.
Discipline still seems to be a problem. The Jets were penalized 8 times for 76 yards, a few of which turned out to be costly. With a couple weeks left before the regular season now is the time to hash out all their on and off-the-field issues.
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Written by Matt Brody