By Jordan Aaron
Week 14 was an interesting one at most. Mark Sanchez yet again led the team to the locker room at halftime with zero points on the board. Playing in Jacksonville, Tim Tebow’s hometown, it would have been an easy move to put number 15 in at the third quarter, but Rex stood by his guy and let him finish the game.
The third quarter was the best one as Shonn Greene started to wear out the Jaguar defense. He scored his first touchdown in 6 games giving the Jets a 7-3 lead. Mark Sanchez seemed to be a middleman between Nick Mangold and Greene/Bilal Powell with his modest 12 completions on 19 attempts. He had no interceptions although he turned the ball over on a fumble. Nick Folk would knock in a field goal before Powell joined Shonn Greene with a touchdown, making the score 17-3. But the game wasn’t over then.
Jaguars’ running back Montell Owens would walk one in to tighten the game back up at 17-10. And on the last drive of the game, Chad Henne rocketed a ball down field for a first down on 4th and 15, bringing them near field goal range. Ellis Lankster would end this run, however, with an interception, setting up Mark Sanchez to sit down in victory formation – something he hasn’t done. The final score was 17 – 10.
I don’t want to over or under-look Mark Sanchez’ came today. It was average. I won’t complain about it – even though he threw no touchdowns and only threw for 111 yards.
Instead, I will commend the Jets running game as they used the ground and pound method once again to achieve victory. The defense also deserves heavy commendation, as they not only held their ground against the Jaguars, but also maintained their ground without Antonio Cromartie. I saw a glimpse of the 2009 Jets who won with their over-the-top defense and outstanding running game.
I was surprised and disappointed to see Greg McElroy inactive this week. Even with Tebow ready to play, I see McElroy as an heir to Sanchez’ throne. It will be interesting to see what happens next week though, because this may have just been strategy with Jacksonville being Tebow’s hometown. Rex probably figured that it would be easier to put Tebow in front of a Jacksonville crowd than McElroy.
I won’t complain about a win – no matter how beautiful or ugly it is. It was a good game and I had an easier time watching it than I did last week against the Cardinals, but I still fear playing against the Titans and Chargers. With the way that Jake Locker has revived the Tennessee offense, and the strength of the Chargers, it will take a little bit more to beat them. But for now, I will take this victory in stride, and save the worrying until next Saturday.