With the 32-3 drubbing of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about. The offense got started early and the defense took over from there. It was about as one-sided as the score would eventually indicate.
Mark Sanchez was efficient, passing for 182 yards on 17 of 25 with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, helping the Jets improve to 2-0 on the year. When Sunday was over, three teams stand atop the AFC East at 2-0 and one, the Dolphins, are 0-2.
With that, here are my 6 take-aways for week 2.
- Bart Scott May Have A Career Year.
Scott finished the day with only 4 tackles but he added another sack for the season, matching his sack total (2) over the last 2 seasons combined. Scott is without question one of the leaders of this defense. He’s a good blitzer, he’s disciplined in gap-reading, and has good lateral movement defending the run. As much as people praise Rex Ryan, Bart Scott deserves some of that credit. There is a reason he was priority 1 for Rex Ryan when Ryan came to New York to coach the Jets. If he stays healthy, look for a big year from Scott.
- Jets Need Mangold To Get Healthy.
The Jets center reportedly suffered a high-ankle sprain in yesterday’s win when a Jaguars linebacker landed on his leg after a missed tackle on RB Shonn Greene. Thankfully, the injury is only a high ankle sprain because it looked a lot worse. Look for backup Colin Baxter, a rookie out of Arizona to get the start next week in Oakland. The Jets start a vicious 3-game roadtrip starting in Oakland, Baltimore, followed by going to Foxboro to take on Tom Brady in the New England Patriots. In that span, they will face Haloti Ngata, Vince Wilfork, and Albert Haynesworth as possible DT’s over center, a tough task for any center. So, the Jets need Mangold back as soon as possible but at the same time, they don’t want to rush him back for fear of aggravating the injury further and losing him for an extended period of time.
- Dustin Keller Is A Star.
When Keller is involved, this offense is completely different. Rex Ryan said they rolled a lot of coverage to Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes yesterday, which left a lot of one on one for Dustin Keller. He took advantage, catching 6 balls for 101 yards and a touchdown. Ryan touched on not wanting to praise Keller too much since his contract his up after next year, saying he’s learned his lesson from Revis. He’s absolutely right though, look for the Jets to resign Keller after this year to a much more lucrative contract. He deserves it.
- Mark Sanchez (2 INTs) Needs To Limit Mental Errors.
Sanchez took a bit of a beating for the 2nd week in a row, a lot had to do with Nick Mangold’s absence and the lack of reps for Colin Baxter. So, I can understand if he’s on the run that he might be a bit rattled. But, this is year 3 and Sanchez still makes that one play a game that leaves you cringing in your seat. Whether it be not hustling out-of-bounds yesterday and almost getting tackled from behind or his one interception on 2 deep, man under coverage. A bad decision to throw to a deep-out receiver with that coverage. On the plus side, Sanchez played well for most of the game, completing 70% of his passes, an area he wanted to improve on. We just need to see a complete game from him.
- The Jaguars Are In Trouble.
Not much to say except this should be no surprise. Luke McCown was horrible and they are setting up Blaine Gabbert to fail in that offense. Maurice Jones-Drew better not complain about touches after this year because he should get a lot. Here’s my not-so-bold prediction: Jack Del Rio is done in Jacksonville.
- Gotta’ Love That Defense
Antonio Cromartie was all over the field on Sunday. Making plays on the defensive side of the ball, returning kicks, and even saw an offensive play(which should be scratched from the playbook). They Jets came up with 4 interceptions total, bringing their season total to 5. The Jets also raised they sack output to 6 on the year after yesterday’s win. Less than a week after Coach Ryan declared the defense didn’t earn any game-balls after allowing the Cowboys to amass 390 yards of total offense, the Jets defense held the Jaguars offense to 203 total yards, including only 88 yards from Maurice Jones-Drew.
- Jets CB Antonio Cromartie, 3 tackles, 2 INTs – The boogeyman in Luke McCown’s closet.
- Jets TE Dustin Keller, 6 catches, 101 yds, 1 TD – The boogeyman in Paul Posluszny’s closet.
- Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson, 1 Sack for a safety – Welcome to the NFL, big guy.
- Jaguars WR Jason Hill, Did Not Play – Revis and the Jets Defense Overrated, eh?
Shocking Stat of the Week:
- Bart Scott was only voted to the Pro Bowl once in his first 10 seasons. His only appearance came in 2006, as an alternate. He also only has one 2nd team All-Pro nod, which occured in that same 2006 season.
- @Oakland Raiders 9/25/11 4:05 EST
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