New York Jets: 5 Takeaways from an Overpowering Week 2 Win
After Week 1 and what seemed like an ending straight out of a Hollywood movie, the Jets took Week 2 by the grind and produced a win through good old-fashioned hard work.
The Jets continue on their quest for dominance in the AFC, and this weekend showed nothing less. By getting results from both their defensive and offensive weapons, the Jets are off to an early start this year posting a 2-0 record so far.
1. When Sanchez Starts Early, Everything Else Falls into Place
The Jets did something different on Sunday; they chose to receive when they won the coin toss. Mark Sanchez used his team’s first opportunity to score by leading the first drive down the field, going a perfect 5-for-5 resulting in a TD pass to Santonio Holmes.
In the postgame interviews, Sanchez mentioned, "Rex challenged the offense last night in the hotel." If the young quarterback can stay as motivated and as focused as he was on the first drive of the game, the Jets will be more than a force to be reckoned with when they start games out by receiving.
2. Meet the Cro Show! Starring Antonio Cromartie!!!!
Usually positive talk of the Jet's secondary comes from the other side of the field, by way of Revis Island. Sunday, Antonio Cromartie felt different and did so by reminding skeptics why the Jets went out of their way to secure the defensive back/kick-returner.
Cromartie was all over the place defensively on Sunday, recording three tackles and two interceptions while playing defense. But “The Cro Show” didn’t stop there. Cromartie, who is also a force on special teams, managed to have two kick-off returns, totaling 85 yards.
3. Bart Scott Fuels Jet's Linebackers
Bart Scott is one of the hardest working veterans in the game. With 10 years of experience under his belt, it's no wonder this defense Sunday left Maurice Jones-Drew scrapping for yards.
In Sunday’s performance, Bart Scott recorded four tackles and earned his second sack of the season. After the game, Rex Ryan was asked about how he felt about his team's defensive performances in Sunday’s win "I am proud of them,” he said.
It’s easy to see why, especially when your team holds one of the league’s best running backs to 88 yards on 18 attempts.
4. The Dustin Keller Way
It’s early, but Mark Sanchez's favorite go-to-guy this season may just be Dustin Keller. The star TE had his third career game with 100 or more yards in receiving with Sunday’s performance. His actual stat line after Sunday’s game read six receptions for a total of 101 yards including an 11-yard TD reception in the third quarter.
Mark Sanchez has a garage full of receivers to throw to this year. And with two big guys such as TE Dustin Keller and WR Plaxico Burress should make closing out a drive in the red zone a lot easier for the young Sanchez.
5. The Jets Defense Isn't Just Strong, It's Impressive
In what appears to be a quarterback friendlier league each year, a strong defense is a necessity. The Jets defense shined Sunday when they held the very talented running back Maurice Jones-Drew to zero touchdowns and less than 90 yards rushing.
They punished Luke McCown when he made bad reads and caused the young quarterback to cough up the ball four times! It’s no secret that Darrelle Revis is a No. 1 lockdown corner, but if Antonio Cromartie could have a showing like Week 2 every week, this defense will cruise to the No. 1 spot.
I understand it's Week 2, but the Jet’s defense has already recorded five sacks and five interceptions. With a veteran linebacking corps that consists of Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, the only thing standing in the way of this defense is themselves, look to Week 3 where the run defense can be challenged again by Oakland’s Darren McFadden.