Cheer:There was a lot to cheer about on Saturday night for the New York Jets. The Green and White's running game could easily be the story of the night, especially the two touchdown performance from Kahil Bell. But, the 23 yard touchdown connection from Mark Sanchez to Jeff Cumberland during the Jets' first possession should not go unnoticed for so many reasons. Gang Green's offense struggled mightily last season to capitalize on good drives and put points on the board.
Cumberland, like Sanchez, is battling for playing time heading into the 2013 season. The Jets acquired Kellen Winslow during the offseason meaning they wanted more depth at the tight end position. Cumberland had 29 catches for 359 yards and three touchdowns last season and answered the call when Rex Ryan used him to replace the injured Dustin Keller. Sanchez and Cumberland hope to continue the scoring trend they have started during the preseason.
Jeer:Sanchez can't go a full game without his one mishap. When there is a cheer, there is a jeer for No. 6. With the score knotted up at ten early in the second quarter, Sanchez threw a short pass intended for Winslow that was intercepted by Marcus Trufant. That pass was the type of careless play that Jets' fans have become accustomed to and Ryan did not want to see.
In the midst of a heated quarterback battle, the four-year quarterback needs to be near perfect to keep rookie Geno Smith from stealing his job. Smith did not play on Saturday night because of an ankle injury he suffered during the Jets preseason opener against the Detroit Lions. Ryan wanted to name a starting quarterback early rather than late, but so far neither quarterback has claimed the job.
Hear, Hear:"Bilal Powell he had a big day I thought," Head Coach Rex Ryan said after the game. "I was proud of really all the backs."
In case you missed it:Landry is a familiar name in the Meadowlands. Last season safety LaRon Landry was second on Gang Green's defense with 100 combined tackles. Landry is now no longer with the Jets; he parted ways in the offseason to join the Indianapolis Colts. The Green and White decided to bring in his brother Dawan Landry during the offseason as his replacement. Dawan Landry looked like he was ready for the commitment of replacing his brother during the Jaguars game last night. He finished with a game-high eight tackles. The Jets' secondary took a major hit during the offseason losing Landry, Darrelle Revis, and Yeremiah Bell, but the team looks like they haven't missed a beat in that area.
What's next:The Jets had the best of both worlds last night. The passing game got the job done and the rushing attack was nothing short of impressive. The Jets running backs combine for 176 yards on 40 carries and had two touchdowns. Of course, Blaine Gabbert's performance could have easily been the JEER of the night. Gabbert has not performed the way the Jaguars expected him to after they selected him with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 draft. Gabbert dominated the Jets defense going 13-16 through the air for 165 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars also have a decision to make at quarterback and Gabbert looked like he was ready to steal the show before leaving the game in the second quarter with a sprained thumb in the second quarter.
The Jets' defense was able to settle down in the second half to allow the offense to run away with the game on their way to 37-13 victory over the Jags. The Jets line up against their cross town rival New York Giants next Saturday night. Expect Sanchez to start this game against Big Blue. Also expect Ryan to make a quarterback decision shortly after this game. This is the time for either Sanchez or Smith to take the wheel of the offense and prepare to lead the troops into the 2013 campaign.