The Jets lost 23-17 to the Houston Texans on Monday night with Mark Sanchez getting most of the snaps at quarterback. New York has lost three of its last four games, and Sanchez's poor play is a major reason why.
The Jets scored just one offensive touchdown against the Texans, which was a 27-yard pass from Sanchez to new starting tight end Jeff Cumberland. However, it was the only impressive moment of the game for Sanchez.
He completed just 14 of 31 passes for 230 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. ESPN's Adam Schefter provides us with a deeper look at Sanchez's inaccuracy.
Mark Sanchez's 48.4 completion percentage is the lowest through five games (min. 100 attempts) since JaMarcus Russell's 42.1 in 2009.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2012
Sanchez hasn't been accurate, and he has turned the ball over quite a bit throughout his career (via ESPN Stats and Info).
Mark Sanchez: 15th career game with 2+ INT ... tied for 2nd-most since 2009— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 9, 2012
The Jets now have the 28th ranked passing offense in the NFL, and among starting quarterbacks, only Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs and rookie Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns have a worse QB rating.
To jump start their offense, the Jets need Tebow to start at quarterback. The team has nothing to lose because the fans want to see him play, and he's proven in the past that he can win games, even if it doesn't look pretty.
Tebow threw just one pass on Monday night, which was actually a brilliantly thrown ball to rookie receiver Jason Hill that was dropped. He also had 19 rush yards on five carries. Tebow hasn't been given much of a chance to get into a groove since he doesn't stay on the field consistently (via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News).
Tim Tebow has yet to stay in for one full drive this season. Fans booed when Sanchez came in to replace him on third down. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 9, 2012
The Jets desperately need a win in Week 6 against the Colts because a loss would drop their record to 2-4 ahead of a Week 7 matchup on the road against the rival New England Patriots.
The Colts are 2-2, but they have been competitive in each game this season and are coming off an emotional Week 5 victory over the talented Green Bay Packers. This won't be an easy game for the Jets, but it's certainly a winnable one.
Indianapolis is ranked 25th against the run, and 15th against the pass, so this is a good matchup for Tebow to make his first start of the year.
Tebow's confidence and poise in high-pressure situations is fantastic, and right now, the Jets need a quarterback they can trust. A quick look at Sanchez's stats and the way he carries himself on the field has proven that he cannot be trusted to win games for New York.
Tebow must start in Week 6 versus the Colts if the Jets want to avoid being 2-4 when they go into Gillette Stadium for a season-defining game against the Patriots.
Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report, follow him on Twitter.