The Jets registered an impressive 48-28 victory over the Bills to open the season Sunday. Here is a look at the Jets winners and losers from that game:
MARK SANCHEZ – The Jets quarterback calmed a lot of nerves with a nearly flawless performance. Sanchez completed 19-of-27 for 266 yards and three touchdowns. The one interception was a dumb throw, but he did not let it carry over. Sanchez looked impressive in training camp and it carried over against the Bills. If he continues to play like this, everyone will forget about that other quarterback on the roster.
REX RYAN – Ryan pushed all the right buttons to get his team prepared for this game. He worked on team building all offseason and spoke about complementary football. You don’t get much more complementary than touchdowns from the offense, defense and special teams. After the game Ryan did not gloat, perhaps knowing that his team faces a much stiffer test this week in Pittsburgh.
AUSTIN HOWARD – Mario who? The unproven right tackle shut down Bills star Mario Williams, who then whined about it after the game. The Jets slid protection Howard’s way early, but then felt comfortable leaving him on his own. Howard proved the Jets decision-makers right for having faith in him.
TIM TEBOW – All of that talk was about this? The Jets’ secret weapon did not have much of an impact at all. His biggest play came when he recovered an onside kick late in the game. I’m sure we’ll see the Jets do some different things with Tebow in other games that they did not need to do with the offense humming Sunday. But, the Tebow-cat was a yawn.
BART SCOTT – The new and improved Scott looked a lot like the old one. He missed several tackles, looked slow at times and tried to strip the ball from C.J. Spiller on his long touchdown run instead of just tackling him. Scott is not talking to the media again. Funny, how he does that whenever he doesn’t play well.
THE BLOVIATORS – All of the talking heads that predicted a quarterback controversy must be disappointed this morning. Not even Skip Bayless or Stephen A. Smith could make a case for Tebow after that game. Sanchez is a better quarterback. It’s not close. Barring an injury, Tebow will not be the starter this year.