Jets Exceed Expectations in First Game

In Mark Sanchez’s first start of the season the young quarterback out of USC led the Jets to an upset victory over the Houston Texans. The Texans, a team largely expected to have a breakout year with a possible playoff birth, were manhandled by the Jets from the start. Led by Bart Scott and the revamped Jets defense the Texans never got much going and fell out of this game fast.

The big story of this game had to be the defense, while expectations were high few expected them to keep an offense that contains Andre Johnson, Steve Slaton, and Matt Schaub in check for so long. They just started out really aggressive and never let up. Rex Ryan sent blitz after blitz getting to Schaub early and often leaving the Texans with no real answers. With Schaub being hit so much the Texans never really got in sync.

On offense the Jets kept with the gameplan they had talked about all summer and kept everything pretty conservative. They ran the ball and tried limit the exposure of Sanchez and keep him protected. While the score might make it seem that the Jets had no problem with the Texans defense, the Jets started out slow before finally putting up some points. The Jets finally pulled away when they were able to take advantage of a Texans miscue and complete a long pass to a a wide open Stuckey for a touchdown giving the Jets a 10-0 lead and all the points they would need for the rest of the game.

The next game they have will be a tougher test as they go against the division rival Patriots, a team that historically has done very well against rookie quarterbacks. The good news for the Jets is the Patriots defense did not look good Monday night, giving up long runs to the Bills back-up Fred Jackson. If the Jets can get their running game going it will go a long way to settling Sanchez in to lead the Jets to the upset. On defense the Jets are going to keep the same strategy they had against the Texans and the one the Giants implemented to well in SuperBowl XLII, which is pressure Brady. Like the defense the Pats offense looked a little shaky against the Bills, but unlike the defense really came together at the end. If the Patriots offense plays the way it did in 2007 with Brady under center the Jets are going to have a hard time keeping up,  so while it is important to find a running game early, it is even more important for the Jets defense to keep Brady in check.

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