Morning After Report
Well, they did it again — another miserable three quarter performance followed by a fourth quarter surge to pull out the victory. Forget Tim Tebow. Mark Sanchez has been running on “Tebow Time” long before the Broncos quarterback began his miraculous stretch this season. Sunday’s victory marked the 10 Th. time the team has won in either the fourth quarter or overtime, including the playoffs, under Sanchez and Rex Ryan.
It wasn’t pretty, but it didn’t have to be. They were able to trade points with Washington early and capitalize on big plays late in the game. Against a stalling Redskins offense the Gang Green defense was able to impose their will on Rex Grossman, who failed to throw a touchdown. But it was the special teams, usually their strong point, that allowed the Redskins to hang around.
The Jets still have yet to put together a complete win in the sense that all facets of the team look fluid and in sync. They will have their opportunity next Sunday as they welcome the hapless Kansas City Chiefs to MetLife Stadium.
PASSING OFFENSE: C+
- Like I said, Sanchez didn’t make it look pretty. He looked efficient in the first half , going 11-14 for 98 yards. But he was 8-18 passing as he gained 67 yards and touchdown. Relying on Antonio Holmes late seems automatic for Sanchez, as the two connected for fourth quarter scores in two straight weeks.
- The offensive line stymied an aggressive Redskins pass rush, allowing zero sacks on the afternoon. It’s the second straight game the line has not given up a sack.
- Sanchez spread the ball around, finding 10 different receivers with four players getting three or more receptions. The significance? With the extra time the offensive line has been providing, Sanchez is able to go through his progressions and find the open man.
- Random Thought: After the cheap shot by a Redskins defensive back on Sanchez after a blown whistle — a head-to-head hit on a defenseless Sanchez — I was surprised to see five offensive players watching their quarterback get mauled and did nothing to retaliate. No shove. No headbutt. No nothing. It’s perplexing.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B+
- Shonn Greene dedicated his Sunday’s performance to his naysayers. A banged up Greene (rib injury) took a beating, but banged back for 88 tough yards and three touchdowns — including two fourth quarter scores that sealed the game. It was the most carries Greene has ever had in the regular season.
- The performance couldn’t have come at a better time, after Aladdin Tomlinson re-injured his left knee that kept him out for the previous two games. Additionally Joe McKnight came up lame in the second half. Could this mean seeing rookie Bilal Powell get activated this week?
PASSING DEFENSE: A
- Aaron. Mayhem. Maybin. ‘Nuff said.
- Kyle Wilson’s second interception of his career is also his second of the year. Wilson continues to mature in his sophomore season, hammering out the bumps and having more good days than bad. If he can hit a hot streak it will make for a stifling secondary to compliment Darrelle Revis and Antonio Chromate.
- The weak point of the secondary continues to be the coverage skills of their safeties — Jim Leonhard, Eric Smith and Brodney Pool. With the sudden craze with NFL teams and athletic, match-up nightmare tight ends you’d think the Jets would bring in personnel to stop them. Right?
RUSHING DEFENSE: B-
- Redskins rookie running back Roy Helu started the game on a tear, slicing through the defense for 40 yards on the first drive of the game. Early on he was able to run at will, looking reminiscent of Darren McFadden in the Jets Week 3 loss to the Raiders.
- Bart Scott, often criticized for having a mouth bigger than his play, showed up on Sunday posting two tackles for loss and one huge pass defended to end a driving Redskins offensive threat.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D
- The Jets have an NFL-worst six turnovers on special teams. Shocked? So was I. Just imagine how special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff feels about the unsightly stat.
- The sixth turnover came at a tough time, with Kerley botching a punt deep in his own territory, setting up the Redskins to take the three-point lead going in to half. The less explosive, but very reliable Leonhard to the rest of the punts — taking one punt 14 yards that help set up a late field goal for Nick Folk.
- I love the fact that Ryan showed the faith in the offensive line on an early 4th & 1 and went for it. After the offensive line has fallen under media duress this season, it was great to see Ryan entrust and battled offensive line to get the job done.
- Ryan was also great throwing the red hankie on Sunday. He went two-for-two on challenges that proved to be possible changing points in the game.
- Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer re-introduced the Wildcat offense with Greene and Kerley taking the direct snaps. Last year it proved to be effective, averaging over four yards per carry. In this game, it was also effective, producing a 11-yard touchdown run by Greene in the second half.