Boy, was that a sloppy game. I’m still sort of awed we came away with the win, as it felt like a loss for several hours after the game. But hey, great teams find ways to win games like this. Everything felt off: the short week, altitude, upcoming bye…the Jets were completely out of sync. Notes:
- Mark Sanchez was erratic, but played great in the 4th quarter, leading the Jets to two scoring drives. The first half was probably his worst of the year (despite a few great throws), as he was picked twice and could have been picked two more. It’s easy to forget, what with all the strides he’s made this year, that he’s just 23 with very little playing experience. There will be days like this, and worse ones as well. But we can’t ask for much more than a 9-2 TD/INT ratio.
- The bye is coming at the right time—there’s much to be cleaned up. I expect Santonio Holmes to emerge from the off week starting opposite Braylon Edwards. We need both in the game regularly, with Cotchery sliding inside to the slot. I thought Darrelle Revis looked much better yesterday: even on the plays he was beaten, he was in their hip pocket. He should be at full strength for Green Bay, which we badly need. With GB, Detroit and Cleveland next up, there’s a reasonable chance we could be 8-1, though I’ll say 7-2 is the most likely outcome.
- One disturbing trend is the lack of QB pressure. Rex is sending the heat as always—and we did hold Orton to a woeful completion percentage—but we’re just not hitting the quarterback enough. This coming offseason, we absolutely must make it a priority to add some talented rushers at 3-4 DE.
- Holmes’s fumble was nearly a killer, but he’s such a versatile, dynamic threat. The pass-interference call he drew was completely legitimate: I’m not a fan of flags having that sort of impact under normal circumstances, but that play was blatant. Not only did Renaldo Hill grab his facemask, which is what everyone’s talking about, but he also never turned to face the ball and had a handful of jersey. A non-call would have been the travesty there.
- The running game was a step slow most of the day, but came to life in the 4th. Really, that could be said for much of the team. I’ll chalk it up to circumstances/an off day, and fully expect to see a much crisper team after the bye.