The Jets raised many concerns from their fans last week by going away from their ground-and pound philosophy. This week, though their run to pass ratio came back to normal, the Jets moved even farther from what was expected.
The jets won the coin toss, and or the first time since their 41-3 loss to the Patriots last year, chose to receive the ball on the opening possession. They drove down the field with ease and scored the first touchdown of the game on a 17 yard pass to Santonio Holmes. This snapped a streak over a year long of failing to score a touchdown in the first quarter. It got even better for reminiscing Jet fans on the Jaguars’ first drive when on a third and nine from their own ten yardline, Jets’ first round pick Muhammed Wilkerson sacked Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown in the endzone for a safety. The Jaguars scored their only points of the game on a 55 yard field goal by Josh Scobee. The Jets added on two field goals to lead 15-3 at the half.
Toward the middle of the third quarter, Mark Sanchez threw his second touchdown of the game on a 11 yard pass to tight end Dustin Keller. After an interception by cornerback Antonio Cromartie which he returned to the one yardline, runningback Shonn Greenescored on a one yard touchdown to make the score 29-3. Nick Folk added three more points in the fourth quarter and the Jets won 32-3.
The Jets defense applied constant pressure to McCown, something Jets fans are used to seeing, and McCown threw four interceptions, two by Cromartie, one by safety Eric Smith (who should have intercepted two other passes earlier) and one by linebacker Josh Mauga. McCown forced head coach Jack del Rio to pull him from the game before the end of the third quarter. Rookie Blaine Gabbart played the rest of the game. Mark Sanchez was also pulled from the game after the third quarter to keep him from getting hurt.
The Jets moved to 2-0 on the season and will play in Oakland against the Raiders next week.