An embarrassing performance from the New York Jets resulted in a predictable “TEEEEEBOW” chant in Metlife Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday. A pathetic offensive performance and a weak defensive structure without starting CB Darelle Revis led to a rout from a 49ers team in desperate need of a comeback win. The 49ers marched into Metlife ready to play and left a mark on the field in their 34-0 shutout victory. The game virtually put all Jets fans in disgust, questioning decisions of head coach Rex Ryan on if he should make a quarterback switch in the near future.
Sanchez isn’t at fault for a total offensive disaster, but he certainly deserves some of the blame. Approaching the end of the half, the Jets had a chance to put some points on the board as they were driving deep into San Francisco territory. A sack and a fumble lost by Sanchez ended up in a scoring opportunity for the 49ers as they put 3 on the board just before the half. Just after the half, Sanchez was intercepted at midfield. For the third game in a row, he finished the game completing less than 50% of his passes.
Even worse news came in the fourth quarter for the Jets. Just when fans thought the game couldn’t get any worse, Santonio Holmes fumbled deep into San Francisco territory, ending a drive which could have put the Jets back into the game, but resulting in a play that killed the momentum. Carlos Rogers returned the fumble 51 yards for the touchdown, making the score 24-0 and ending all hopes of a comeback. The worst result from the play came from a possible season ending injury as Holmes was carted off the field holding his foot in pain. After Darelle Revis, it is arguable that Holmes was the one other guy the Jets couldn’t afford to lose. He is the strongest wide receiver on the Jets and has been a reliable target for Sanchez. A loss of such a game changing player could put the Jets in panic mode.
The defensive performance from the Jets was no better than the offense. The 49ers somehow beat the Jets at their own game, that is, showing off the wildcat in successful fashion. The Jets also had trouble stopping the run. The 49ers ran for 245 yards, leaving the Jets in 31st place in running yards allowed for the season, putting a horrible taste in defensive specialist Rex Ryan’s mouth.
The Jets are, for now, in first place and tied with division rival the New England Patriots. However, these offensive and defensive habits won’t keep them there for long. The Jets need to make some serious changes on both sides of the field or their season will be over before we know it.