Just when Jets' fans thought the offense had hit rock bottom, Sparano's unit extended its touchdown-less streak to two games with Saturday night's dismal performance. The Jets registered only three points and managed just 148 total yards against the reigning Super Bowl champs. Mark Sanchez was sacked three times completing 9-of-11 passes for 59 yards including one costly interception which Giants' cornerback Jayron Hosley returned 77-yards for a touchdown. Tim Tebow succumbed to Big Blue's ferocious pass rush falling victim to four sacks and completing just 36 percent of his pass attempts. Overall a nightmarish outing for the offensive unit.
Mike Pettine's squad rose to the occasion in the first half limiting the Giants' high-octane offense to just six points and forcing an interception on quarterback Eli Manning. Gang Green's new safety combination LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell wreaked havoc at the line of scrimmage and played stout in pass coverage. The Jets surrendered just 58 rushing yards, battering Big Blue's ballcarriers to the tune of a measly 1.8 yards per carry.
T.J. Conley booted just one of his nine punts inside the 20-yard line, while placekicker Josh Brown converted on his 30-yard field goal attempt of the upright and in to punctuate an up-and-down night for the special teams unit. Joe McKnight returned two kickoffs for 68 yards with his long return of 48 nearly going for a score.
Rex Ryan told reporters prior to Saturday night's Met Life Bowl that no special game plan would be implemented in advance of his matchup with the Giants. The coaching staff was looking to determine roster spots and decipher which players could make a significant impact this season. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano didn't adjust his pass protection when Gang Green was struggling to keep Sanchez and Tebow clean in the pocket.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.comblog comments powered by Disqus