Monday, October 3, 2011
A Marked Man: Sanchez's Sunday Nightmare
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Rex Ryan was not the only one returning to Baltimore Sunday Night. Two fumble returns, two interception returns and 107 yard kickoff return to boot marked the wildest and most mistake laden game of Week four in the NFL. New York’s patchwork offensive line was no match for Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs and the rest of Baltimore’s menacing front seven. The Ravens wreaked havoc on Jets signal caller Mark Sanchez hitting him ten times, sacking him twice all the while forcing four fumbles (three lost) and one interception. With All-Pro Center Nick Mangold missing his second consecutive game with a high ankle sprain; New York was unable to counter the Ravens pass rushers, who pinned their ears back and punished Sanchez.
New York ran 19 times for 38 yards, an all-time low rushing output for a Rex Ryan coached ball club. For a Gang Green squad anointed the league’s premier “Ground and Pound Team,” Ryan’s bunch appear to have lost their offensive identity.
New York’s identity crisis could not come at a worse time. Mired in a two game losing streak, with a trip to Foxboro looming week five, the Jets need to uncover some answers and quick.
The Jets are in a state of disarray, with untimely injuries, baffling play calling and slopping execution all lending itself to a 2-2 start. Gang Green will have to put this humiliating loss in the rear view mirror as they set their sights on Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, who will certainly have a few surprises in store for a troubled Jets squad .