Quick Hits from MetLife Stadium
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sure the offense might have looked inept at times, but on the whole this was another well-rounded Jets victory. Chalk that up for the second game in a row the entire team chipped in to record the W. Here are a few quick hits to wrap the 32-3 thrashing of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- The Jets snapped a three-game losing streak against the Jaguars, posting their first win against Jacksonville since the 2003 season when the defeated the Jaguars at home, 13-10 (11/23/03). They improved their overall record against Jacksonville to 3-6 in the regular season. THE GOOD: The Jets handled a lesser opponent that has historically given them a rough time. THE BAD: A stagnant offense from half way through the first quarter to the end of the first half kept the Jaguars in the game for too long. Against better teams, the Jets may not be so lucky.
- Wearing their navy-and-mustard Titans of New York uniforms, the Jets improved their record to 5-1, winning their last five games. THE GOOD: The Jets play better as the Titans than the Titans played in the league formerly known as the AFL. THE BAD: Those jerseys are down right hideous.
Date Opponent Result
10/14/07 PHI L, 16-9
10/02/07 at MIA W, 40-13
09/28/08 ARZ W, 56-35
10/12/08 CIN W, 26-14
09/27/09 TEN W, 24-17
09/18/11 JAX W, 32-3
- With 29 yards on three carries, QB Mark Sanchez established a new career-high for rushing yards, surpassing his previous best of 27 yards on three carries vs. Carolina (11/29/09). The last time Sanchez wore the navy-and-gold Titans of New York uniform he scored the first rushing touchdown of his career on a 10-yard run vs. the Tennessee Titans (09/27/09). THE GOOD: Sanchez’s feet made up for the mistakes by his arm, while keeping the chains moving. THE BAD: Sanchez had 20 less yards than their leading rusher, running back Shonn Greene.
With his 10-yard reception at the end of the third quarter, Dustin Keller registered his first 100-yard performance since totaling seven receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown vs. New England (09/19/10). He finished today’s game with six receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. Today’s effort marked his third career 100-yard receiving contest. THE GOOD: Maybe offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer finally realized that the passing offense lives and dies with the play of Keller. When utilized, the Jets offense runs efficiently. THE BAD: Not much bad to say, except they don’t use him enough.
- The Jets intercepted McCown four times holding him to a 1.8 passer rating, the lowest passer rating an opposing quarterback has ever registered against the Jets. The previous low was a 5.4 rating by Jim Plunkett with the Patriots (10/29/72), when he completed seven-of-28 passes for 120 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. THE GOOD: Anytime you have four interceptions and hold a quarterback to a lower passer rating than Braylon Edwards’ BAC it’s a good day. THE BAD: It was done against career-journeyman Luke McCown.
- CB Antonio Cromartie contributed to the Jets win in all three phases. On defense, he intercepted two passes for 63 yards. On special teams, he averaged 42.5 yards on two kickoff returns. He also entered the game on offense, registering the first rushing attempt of his career when he took a reverse for one yard, the first rushing attempt by a defensive back in the NFL since former Cardinals DB Antrel Rolle carried for nine yards against Vikings (12/09/09). THE GOOD: Cromartie has proven to be instrumental not just defensively, but on offense as well. His return skills gives a hot/cold Jets offense a consistent shorter field. THE BAD: It could prove to be a costly ploy if Cromartie is to get injured returning kicks.
Breakdown of Cromartie’s Touches:
Quarter Cromartie’s Play Ensuing Drive Result
First Quarter 39-yard kickoff return 6 plays, 65 yards Touchdown
First Quarter 46-yard kickoff return 8 plays, 39 yards Field Goal
Second Quarter 1-yard rush 7 plays, 25 yards Interception
Second Quarter 37-yard interception return 6 plays, 16 yards Punt
Third Quarter 26-yard interception return 2 plays, 1 yard Touchdown
- K Nick Folk connected all three of his field goal attempts and has hit all five of his kicks this season. The last time Folk hit three field goals in a game was vs. Houston (11/21/10). THE GOOD: Folk seems to have shaken off the ’shaky’ label that haunted him in Dallas. THE BAD: Three field goals means three drives that the Jets were stopped in their opponent’s side of the 50.
(Writer’s note: Statistics and information provided by the Jets PR Staff. Much Thanks.)