The New York Jets came into Jacksonville and handed them another loss on Sunday. The game was never in much doubt with the Jets ahead by 14 early in the fourth quarter. The Jags scored with seven minutes left but couldn’t come back.
The Jets were very effective running the ball against a porous Jaguar defensive line. Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell combined for 155 yards on the ground, a full 44 yards more than Mark Sanchez threw during the game. The strategy for success continued to work for the Jets as they controlled the ball for more than half of the time and also managed to put pressure on the Jaguars.
Mark Sanchez finished 12/19 for 111 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. It was mistake free football for a quarterback that desperately needs to get things going again or risk “not Sanchez” replacing him at some point. The Jags game wasn’t impressive for Sanchez, but it also showed that he is not always a liability to his team.
On the other side of the ball, Chad Henne had his second poor showing in two weeks. Henne finished 21/43 for 185 yards and two interceptions. The Jaguar rushing attack was working well behind Montell Owens who had 91 yards on 14 carries and Richard Murphy who racked up 19 yards on four carries. The Jaguars felt pressed to pass, however, and had another poor outing. Justin Blackmon was decently effective without Cecil Shorts III opposite him with 57 yards on six receptions. Jordan Shipley continues to show that he was a good signing with five receptions for 55 yards.
The Jaguars were forced away from balance by the Jets offense. Despite a strong secondary, the Jaguars felt they needed to pass in order to catch up with the Jets. The strategy, obviously, did not work and the Jets managed to cruise to a nice win.
- Luke N. Sims