Sunday, September 18, 2011
Cheers and Jeers: Jaguars Eat Cro
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The Jets jump started their engines, marching 65 yards on their opening possession capping the six play drive with a 17 yard bullet to Santonio Holmes. Sunday marked the first time since Week four of the 2010 season that Gang Green’s offense found the end zone in the first quarter of play.
With the Jets off to a soaring start, New York’s defense wreaked havoc on Jacksonville’s journeyman signal caller Luke McCown. Jets rookie defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson started the onslaught on the Jaguars first offensive possession, a third down and nine play from the Jaguars 10 yard line.
McCown dropped back surveying the field, and with the Jets pressure flushing him out of the pocket, Wilkerson flew through wrapping up McCown and emphatically slamming him to the turf for a Jets safety. The Metlife Stadium crowd went into a frenzy as the Jets captured the early momentum and rattled the Jaguars quarterback.
Sanchez’s lack of coverage recognition was evident once again with eight minutes remaining in the second quarter as he lobbed a desperation pass for wideout Santonio Holmes with Jacksonville’s Rashean Mathias stepping in front for the interception.
The Jets were able to overcome Sanchez’s mistake as Cromartie would hault the Jaguars ensuing drive with the first of his two interceptions on the day. In a game where the Jets third year quarterback was expected to manage the game and limit turnovers, his two early miscues breathed second-life into an otherwise inept Jaguars squad.
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Antonio Cromartie was a jack of all trades for the Jets on Sunday. His second interception of the day was nearly returned for a touchdown with an official review marking the Jets cornerback out at the one-inch-line. Cromartie was a ball hawk in coverage nabbing two interceptions, while breaking off two kickoff returns for a combined 85 yards, a one man wrecking crew for Gang Green.
Luke McCown’s quarterback rating of 1.8 was the lowest by a Jets opponent in the franchise’s 41 year history.
“Really, I was proud of our effort,” stated Rex Ryan. “We’re where we wanted to be at 2-0, two home wins. We talked about getting better at home. This is our second home win so I feel great about that.”
In a game that was dubbed a favorable matchup for the Jets, New York earned a lopsided win, terrorizing Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown in the process. Gang Green brought the fight to Jacksonville early and cruised to a decisive victory. With New York embarking on a three game road trip including stops in Oakland, Baltimore and New England; the Jets depart Metlife Stadium winners of their first two home contests of the season and put their unbeaten record on the line as they tangled with the Raiders next Sunday, September 25th with kickoff set for 4:15pm.