The second week of the New York Jets preseason schedule saw them drop the MetLife Bowl to the New York Giants, 26-3. The Jets were putrid on offense once again, with a familiar issue from last season rearing its ugly head. The battle for MetLife Stadium was an ugly one. The Jets defense was impressive, but their ability to protect Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow left a lot to be desired.
The New York Jets haven't scored a touchdown through eight quarters of preseason play. It's important not to get caught up in preseason scores, but frustration can mount quickly for an offense, even in games that don't count. The Jets need a score badly at this point, if for no reason other than just getting some good vibes going.
Wayne Hunter struggled mightily in last night's game. There doesn't seem to be much of a change from last season. He was going against a very good pass-rushing defensive line from the New York Giants, with the likes of Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul, but he is going to see good pass rushers in the regular season too (cough, Mario Williams, cough). The Jets need to take a look at Austin Howard and continue to explore other avenues.
We also saw another familiar sight: Mark Sanchez constantly checking down, until one of those short patterns was jumped and brought back for a touchdown. The Jets didn't take any deep shots last season and that allowed teams to start squatting on shorter patterns and making plays on those. Deep throws aren't a very risky venture and even if they were, it doesn't really matter when you are getting pick-sixed on two-yard throws. The Jets must start throwing the ball deep to back defenses off.
The Jets defense performed well, with the first team only allowing six points to Eli Manning and the Giants by way of two field goals. LaRon Landry had a very good game, laying the wood to Victor Cruz over the middle on one play and then intercepting Eli Manning later on to set up the offense with good field position – which was squandered.
The Jets offense will keep plugging away. They desperately need a score this week against the Carolina Panthers. For the defense, they have to be wondering if they will be left trying to clean up the mess like they did much of last season.
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