The Morning After Report
FLORHAM PARK, NJ -Yesterday’s 24-20 come-from-behind victory over the Denver Broncos had all the fixings of a championship caliber team. In fact, the Jets may look back to this game as the moment where their Super Bowl dreams become solidified. Yes, the game was ugly. Yes, they won the game on a late, questionable pass interference call. Yes, Mark Sanchez and the offense took yet another step in the wrong direction.
However the silver-lining is far greater than any glaring problems with this 5-1 New York Jets team. Think about this: Look at every Super Bowl champion’s schedule and tell me there wasn’t a trying time or pivotal point that turned them around. Then look at last year’s results from the Jets. Do you see anything missing? Despite their run to the AFC Championship team, the Jets were a comeback victory. In fact, this was the first comeback victory in the Ryan/Sanchez era.
No matter how ugly this game was, however, the Jets couldn’t be happier to go in to the bye week with a 5-1 record as opposed to a pedestrian 4-2 record with questions surrounding a suddenly sputtering offense.
- For the first time in 5 weeks, I will not be leading off with Mark Sanchez not throwing an interception. Against a banged up Bronco’s defense Sanchez threw two picks, one to some guy named Syd’Quan.
- It’s the second week in a row that Sanchez has been sub-par after going three straight weeks of scoring 28 or more. That’s a troubling thought considering that former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes returned two weeks ago.
- Speaking of Holmes, before winning the game by drawing a key 46-yard pass interference call he nearly lost it for the Jets with a nimwitted fumble when he ran into teammate Braylon Edwards’ back.
- The best play of the offense was a pass that wasn’t completed. ‘Nuff said.
- Team Bash & Dash couldn’t rack up 100 yards collectively for the first time since their 10-9 loss on opening night against the Baltimore Ravens.
- LT had two huge 4th quarter touchdowns that made the scores 20-17 and 24-20, respectively. Tomlinson continues to be the lone consistent piece on an inconsistent offense.
- Shonn Greene (9 rushes, 43 yards, 4.8 ypc) looked good when given the chance, but those chances are diminishing.The Jets wouldn’t even give the north-south punishing runner the ball on the late-game goal line drive – that speaks volumes as to how highly they think of LT.
- The Jets counter-attacked the Bronco’s 46 defensive front to grind out 81 second-half yards.
PASSING DEFENSE: C+
- The now surprisingly pass-happy Kyle Orton made it his goal to beat a questionable Darrelle Revis. Other than a 17-yard TD to Demayruis Thomas, Revis played exceptionally well given his aggravated hamstring.
- Antonio Cromartie held Brandon Lloyd, yes I said Brandon Lloyd, in check for the better part of the game. Over the last three weeks Lloyd has averaged seven receptions, 140 yards and 1 TD. Yesterday’s numbers: four receptions, 74 yards, and 0 TD.
- The Jets defense held Orton and the NFL’s number 2 passing game to 209 yards. For the season they are averaging 324 yards per game.
- For the second straight week defensive back Dwight Lowery had the game-clinching takeaway, this time recovering a botched snap. Talk about being at the right place at the right time.
RUSHING DEFENSE: F
- After completing the daunting task of keeping Adrian Peterson in check (18 attempts, 88 yards), the Jets rushing defense was unusually bad against the Broncos.
- They allowed a season-high 145 yards rushing to a team that averaged just over 50 yards a game. This Bronco’s team features such running threats as Knowshon Moreno, Lawrence Maroney and Correll Buckhalter. Oh yeah, and they let Tim Tebow score from a wildcat formation.
- Since they overplayed on the league’s top passing attacks, the league’s worst rushing team was able to run effectively against one of the best run-stopping teams.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
- Nick Folk, as well as LT, continues to be the most consistent offensive weapon for the Jets. He hit a team-record 56-yard field goal in the thin Mile-High air. On the season he’s 13-15 on FG tries.
- Kick0ff/return coverage to a bit of a hit, allowing 32-yard punt return, and looked to be asleep when the Bronco’s did an impromptu onside kick in the second quarter.
- The Jets should’ve lost this game. Josh McDaniels had Ryan beat from an X’s and O’s standpoint – with catching the Jets off guard on special teams and on the rushing attack.
- However after getting so much negative attention for his brash personality, it seems that very same personality – in which he has instilled in his team – made up for any play-calling miscues.
- They’re adjustment to Denver’s 46 defensive front to gain 81 second-half yards allowed the Jets to get those late touchdowns to seal the win.