Russ’s Rants -- The Jets Bills Rivaly is Still Strong After Jets Landmark Win
Hey the Jets scored 48 points proving that preseason football is a complete farce. You don’t want to make too much out of this victory because historically some fluky things do happen in Week 1 of the NFL season.
Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, (there was never any doubt in the team’s mind), had his most complete game as a pro. After his failed shovel pass he reeled in his performance to throw three TD’s and just the one pick. His passes were sharp and Tony Sparano figured out something Brian Schottenheimer could never do, he let the QB throw safe fade out patterns down field. They managed to be aggressive on every offensive play in the first half and yet the passes were pretty safe.
Jets second round pick, Stephen Hill (5-89-2), was fantastic. Better than advertised. He was physical, fast and he found the back of the end zone twice. Jeremy Kerley (4-45-1) always seems to be an afterthought and his TD catch was a great start to the season but he outdid that with that amazing 68-yard punt return for a TD.
The Jets did take the foot off the pedal in the second half but that’s human nature. They proved to their fan base and the media that they are a different team this year. Bring on the Steelers.
Jets, The Positives
Running back Shonn Greene had 97 yards, many of them were garbage yards, but he had a lot of second half carries to take time off the clock.
The Jets offensive line shut down Mario Williams (who complained about the officials after the game) but the Bills didn’t record a sack and Sanchez had time to throw.
The Jets used Tebow at the right times and it’s clear he and Sanchez have a good working relationship.
Santonio Holmes (4-68) showed up with some big catches.
The Bills were able to run up the middle very effectively for most of the game. The Jets MUST plug up that hole against the Steelers.
Darrelle Revis (his concussion isn’t serious and he will play next week) should never have been on the field with six minutes to go in the 4th quarter.
Quinton Coples had just one tackle, and no sacks. The Jets didn’t record a sack and that has to change.
The Curtis Martin ceremony was very moving and should have motivated every member of Jets Nation!