Jets' Offensive First Quarter Report Card: Who Had the Highest Grade?
The Jets finished their first quarter with an impressive 3-1 record, but they will look like a new team getting back Santonio Holes, Darrelle Revis, and Calvin Pace in Week 5.
So how did everyone do in the first four games? Here's the report card.
Passing Game: A-
If it wasn't for Sanchez's first game against the Ravens, I would've given him an A.
He started off the season rough, going for 10-21 and throwing for only 74 yards. He bounced back well against the Patriots, throwing 21 completions on 30 throws and three touchdowns. He's continued this success throwing for a combined 417 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games against the Bills and Dolphins. He is also tied for third in passing touchdowns.
He really has matured from last season, making smarter decisions and being more accurate with his throws. He is currently the only quarterback to start all four games and not throw an interception. Hopefully, he keeps it that way.
If he can keep up his success, expect the Jets to be a big contender in winning the AFC.
Running Game: A
The Jets' running game has been dynamic and very effective despite getting rid of 1,400-yard rusher Thomas Jones. The running game is currently second in the league, averaging 167.8 yards a game on the ground.
LT, who was brought in to the Jets to be a backup to Shonn Greene, has taken over the main running back spot and is turning back the clocks to 2006. He currently has racked up 341 rushing yards with three touchdowns and averaging 6.1 yards a carry, which is third in the league currently by a running back.
Shonn Greene had a rough start after being benched the rest of the Ravens game for fumbling twice. He also was not looking like the player he was in the 2009 playoffs, only picking up 88 yards on 25 carries in the next two games.
He broke out of his sophomore slump against the Bills, rushing for 117 yards on 23 carries. After his performance, expect Greene to get more carries and runs will be split a little more evenly.
So far, the receiving game has been top-notch for the Jets and has helped Sanchez mature.
Despite the DUI, Braylon Edwards has been a big red-zone target for the Jets and has really stepped up. He hasn't had any major drops yet and looks very improved from last season. Hopefully, his attitude will be fixed though.
The real standout in the receiving game is tight end Dustin Keller. He currently has 253 receiving yards and five touchdowns in his first four games. For reference, he only had five touchdowns in his first two years. He is also tied for second with the most touchdowns in the league.
He has really helped Sanchez spread the field and has been a good target for him. He is well on his way to being one of the best tight ends in the league.
Expect the Jets' receiving game to only get better with Santonio Holmes joining in Week 5.
Offensive Line: B+
The offensive line has been good in helping the Jets to become the second-leading rushers and only letting Sanchez be sacked five times. But they have had their hiccups.
Mainly, it's Matt Slauson. He has had a lot of mistakes—almost letting Sanchez get killed on some plays and making crucial penalties. For example, one mistake cost the Jets a touchdown on third down against Miami late in the fourth quarter. They had to kick a field goal instead and it almost cost them the game. As of now, he is the weakest link on the line.
The O-line will really be tested in Week 5 against the Vikings, who have a fierce pass-rushing attack.
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