"It just wasn't a smooth night. It wasn't our best night but nothing alarming. We'll come back and do well Friday night."
Well, Friday night has come and gone and after losing to the Washington Redskins by the score of 16-11, the story remains the same.
The Jets' offensive woes continued to be offensive to their fans, who sat in the $1.5 billion New Meadowlands Stadium bored out of their minds.
Running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene performed admirably, as they rushed for a combined 161 yards and 5.0 yards per carry. Tight end Dustin Keller also had a stellar performance, However, Sanchez's penchant for the turnover and inability to finish out scoring drives with touchdowns continues to be the Jets' downfall.
Sanchez was picked off by Washington's DeAngelo Hall in the red zone, which led to a typical Jets missed scoring opportunity. Although Sanchez completed 13 of 21 passes for 139 yards and one TD, those numbers are sorely misleading when you consider that most of his stats were padded during a late third/early fourth quarter scoring drive against Washington's second and third-string defensive units.
During that drive, Sanchez completed six of eight passes for 62 yards and a touchdown to tight end Dustin Keller.
What's that? An offensive touchdown? Excuse Jets' fans for forgetting what that even is, considering it had been 154 minutes of game action since they'd seen one of those.
Despite the Jets' offensive struggles, the first-unit defense again rose to the challenge of performing well without holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis, as they held the Redskins to just three field goals and 171 total yards. The defense even forced a safety against Skins' QB Rex Grossman.
Special teams continued to demonstrate that they are truly special. Punter Steve Weatherford had a good showing, pinning the Redskins deep within their own 10-yard line twice. On a separate punt, it was Weatherford's hang-time that allowed Brad Smith and Marquice Cole to combine on a forced Brandon Banks fumble. Who recovered the fumble? Vernon Gholston.
A Vernon Gholston sighting. Wow.
As Ryan stated in his postgame press conference, "We've got to do a better job in the red zone. We just have to start punching things in."
Better start punching guys, better start punching.