The New York Jets still aren't a very pretty sight on the football field, but they have put together consecutive wins for the first time since last season. The Jets topped the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10 in another offensively-challenged outing that didn't stress the scoreboard operators at EverBank Field. The pregame storylines focused on the Jets quarterback situation, but the quarterback position really didn't have much impact on the game – just the way the Jets like it.
The pregame intrigue leading up to kickoff of the New York Jets game against the Jacksonville Jaguars was centered around the news that quarterback Greg McElroy was not active for the game. Greg McElroy came to the rescue last week in relief of Mark Sanchez, with Tim Tebow out with his ribs injury, and delivered a win against the Arizona Cardinals. The explanation for the move was a little shaky, with Joe McKnight having a migraine that would force the Jets to dress Kahlil Bell. Sure, they needed a roster spot, but did it really make sense to keep Tim Tebow active when he hadn't taken a snap all week in practice and was still dealing with an injury? Tebow was listed as questionable for the game.
In the end it didn't really matter. Mark Sanchez was unremarkable, completing 12 of 19 passes for 111 yards with no touchdowns, no interceptions and one fumble lost. Mark Sanchez didn't do a whole lot, but also didn't hurt the team;s cause. That's an improvement over his recent performances.
The defense was very good from start to finish, pressuring Chad Henne and holding the Jaguars to just two third down conversions in 16 opportunities. The offensive production came from the offensive line and the running backs, with 166 yards rushing a two touchdowns on the day (Bilal Powell, Shonn Greene). The defense has to hope that the offensive unit can keep progressing, from totally incompetent last week to a decent rushing day this week, and hopefully a more complete game in the coming weeks.
The Jets got some help with other AFC teams losing, but it's still too early to talk about playoff scenarios. We'll hold off another week or two and focus on the Jets handling their own business.
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