Jets Get Ugly Win In Denver, But How Can They Improve Over The Bye Week
For two weeks in a row, whether or not the Jets won their game was decided by a play within the last two minutes of the game. In both cases their victories were determined by plays made by their high-caliber defense.
Last week against the Vikings, Dwight Lowery intercepted a pass from Brett Favre. Against the Broncos Lowery came through again by recovering the snap fumbled by Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton with 38 seconds left in the game.
Up until this game against the Broncos, Mark Sanchez had been flawless.
Against the Broncos, Sanchez was showing signs of regression and playing like he did last season. Against a strong Broncos defense, Sanchez threw his first two interceptions of the season; one to linebacker Jason Hunter and the other to cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson.
What Sanchez did up until this point, which has allowed the team to be so successful, was make the right decision when throwing the ball.
An example of Sanchez making a poor decision against the Broncos came in the first quarter. On a pass to Jerricho Cotchery, who was already covered, Sanchez tried to throw a bullet and did not see linebacker Jason Hunter playing under the coverage, which led to Sanchez's first interception since the 2009 season.
In order for Sanchez and the Jets offense to keep producing in all facets of their game, Sanchez needs to make better decisions when passing and avoid turnovers.
Just like their game against the Ravens, penalty flags flew high in the mile high air. With six penalties for 74 yards, it seemed like the Jets lacked discipline.
At the same time, the Broncos had five penalties for 81 yards, the majority of which came on the penultimate play of the Jets' game-winning drive when Renaldo Hill was called for pass interference on Santonio Holmes on a deep pass on 4th-and-6 when the Jets were in panic mode.
On one drive in the second quarter, the Jets showed their ability to be penalized when two receivers were called for offensive pass interference.
Later on in the game, safety Jim Leonhard was called for unnecessary roughness on a play with a relatively large gain, which allowed the Broncos to gain even better field position and led to them scoring a touchdown.
With the lack of discipline by the Jets on both sides of the ball, it prevents them from moving the ball, and with a team as high-powered as the Jets, they need to avoid the stupid penalties and stupid mistakes to stay successful.
For Jets fans, it was almost all good news when it came to Darrelle Revis against the Broncos.
Although he was not been able to lock down "Revis Island" like he did last season, Darrelle showed improvement from the last few weeks.
Two weeks ago, Revis could not even play; a week ago he was getting shoved and jerked by Percy Harvin. This week, he was able to jump high in the air to deflect passes from Kyle Orton that would have gone for first downs.
With the exception of the touchdown to Demaryius Thomas, Revis was able to keep up with receivers unlike the way he played against Harvin, who on several occasions against Revis and the Jets had several receptions that went for more than 20 yards each.
With this week off, the Jets and their training crew should start to condition Revis' body. One of the reasons Revis hurt himself was he jumped into this season without going through preseason and his body wasn't prepared.
In order for Revis to remain durable for the rest of the season, he will need to stay healthy and conditioned. Especially against a team like the Packers, Revis must expect a hard-fought battle between him and one of the talented Green Bay receivers.
On Sunday, the Jets got lucky by coming back and beating the Broncos late in the fourth quarter, but it will be a difficult feat to win their final 10 games late in the fourth quarter.
In order to avoid this, the Jets need to play smart and make sure their bodies are prepared.
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