Originally Posted by Triumph
32nd ranked special teams, 26th ranked defense and 7th ranked offense.
The Jets barely escaped with the W if not for a Colts meltdown at the end.
Life just got a whole lot tougher for the NY Jets no matter how their fans want to spin things. Unless the Pats come out beaten down like last post season (which I seriously doubt will happen given the bye week) NE will be facing off vs Baltimore or Pitt for the AFCC crown next week.
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You make a good point here about the Jets barely escaping the Colts.
The Jets actually should have had a much bigger (offensive) game than they actually did. Sanchez was throwing alley-oop passes to Yao Ming and not football passes to wide receivers. He missed a TD pass to Keller and overthrew another to Santonio Holmes. He had a live arm and no touch on the ball. He settled down in the second half and was able to move the team pretty well (albeit with a lot of running game help).
I doubt it's playoff jitters because of what he accomplished last year in the playoffs. It's either one of two things: His shoulder is worse than what is being told -or- the layoff he had between the Chicago game and the Colt game.
The last game vs. The Colts was the fourth time this season that Sanchez had more than a weeks' rest.
Regular season opener vs. The Ravens.
After the bye week vs. Green Bay.
10 day layoff before New England
A week of not throwing a pass before the game vs. The Colts.
He played poorly in all of those games.
No excuses though...he plays like this circa 4:30 EST on Sunday, Jets go home faster than Patriots fans forgot about Bill Belichick's Cleveland win/loss record.