New York Jets Post Game Recap 8/18
The Jets were hammered by the defending Superbowl champion New York Giants losing by a score of 26-3, as the Jets offense for the second game straight was unable to score a touchdown.
The Jets offense is a mess, and quarterback Mark Sanchez entering his 4th season is still making dumb mistakes that have fueled fans to want him replaced. Sanchez threw an awful interception trying to get the ball to Patrick Turner on a crossing pattern, with the pass well behind a well covered Turner and it was picked off for a touchdown by rookie Jayron Hosley. Sanchez was 9 for 11 with 59 yards passing, but the interception in scoring territory was a big blow to the Jets leading to a possible 10-14 point swing.
Tim Tebow started the half out pretty good making some nice sideline throws, but after under throwing a wide open Stephen Hill in the end zone the wheels came off for the second team offense. The offensive line really went down hill quick after the first drive with Tebow, as they allowed him to get sacked 4 times. Tebow ended up finishing going 5 for 14 with 69 yards passing, and 2 rushes for 5 yards.
The ground and pound didn’t see much success against the Giants, as starter Shonn Greene ran 11 times for 36 yards. Despite a good game against Cincinnati for Joe McKnight it seems that Bilal Powell is the backup running back getting more carries than McKnight. Powell ran 6 times for 21 yards, and McKnight only got 3 rushes for 3 yards.
The Jets receiver core is certainly lacking right now with no Santonio Holmes or Jeremy Kerley. Jordan White was the leading receiver against Giants catching 3 balls for 28 yards. Rookie Stephen Hill did look good with Tebow catching 2 passes for 21 yards, and was able to get wide open in the end zone but Tebow under threw him costing the Jets a touchdown.
The Jets main problem has to be the offensive line, and in particular Wayne Hunter. Hunter allowed 2 sacks to Jason Pierre Paul, and very allowed another sack but it was nullified by an offside’s penalty from the other end of Giants line. The Jets as a team gave up 7 sacks, and run blocking wasn’t very good either, as the Jets had 24 rushes for only 65 yards.
The Jets first team defense did look good only allowing 6 points to a very good Giants offense. Their was a few bright spots as safety LaRon Landry was able to intercept Eli Manning on a overthrow, and lay a big hit on Victor Cruz. Mike Devito was able to cause some disruption up the middle getting into the backfield. Bart Scott lead the team in tackles with 5, and just missed a sack on Eli Manning. First round pick Quinton Coples looked good again, and was able to rack in his second sack of the preseason.
T.J Conley may have just opened up a new completion in Jets camp after shanking two punts in the game. There is currently no other punter on the team but that maybe changing after his performance. Punter is going to be an important position for the Jets, as he will be used a lot due to a sub-par offense.
The Jets will look to work on getting the offense fixed before facing Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.