Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez has played Jekyll and Hyde for the first two weeks of the season. Against Baltimore, he couldn’t get out of his own way, and yesterday nothing the Patriots did could stop him. There was more to the big win other than the exceptional quarterback play…

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Rex showed Mark a few things before the game yesterday. It obviously paid dividends.

Everybody did their part yesterday. From Fireman Ed getting the Jets faithful pumped up, all the way to Mark Sanchez putting the Jets ahead for good, it all clicked for the team in green. Tom Brady wasn’t able to get in much of a rhythm, as the Jets held the Patriots scoreless the entire second half. Lets dissect what each facet of the team did to help the Jets improve to 1-1.

Offense:

Mark Sanchez- As bad as he was against Baltimore week 1, was about as good as he was yesterday against New England. The Sanchize completed 21 of his 30 pass attempts, a completion percentage of 70, for 220 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Most importantly, no turnovers. Schottenheimer dialed up some intermediate and deep passes for Sanchez to get the ball down the field. Which leads me to…

Dustin Keller- It seems as though when Sanchez can get the ball over the middle to Keller, the Jets have sucess. He uses him as his security blanket, and Sanchez often looks for him in pass plays. When Keller acts as a receiver down the field, as opposed to a check down receiver in the flat, the quarterback isn’t afraid to let it fly. Sanchez isn’t afraid to look to the deeper routes when Keller is involved with them. Keep Keller involved, it gives Sanchez confidence. He finished the day with 7 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. The 115 yards are a career high. When you do decide to run though, make sure you give it to this man…

LaDanian Tomlinson: LT looks like he’s out to prove some people wrong, and yesterday it looked as though he was doing just that. He had only 11 carries, but managed 76 tough yards to go along with 4 receptions for another 26 yards. Shonn Greene will have his days, but the way LT is playing maybe makes you forget the 1,400 yard rusher you let go in the offseason. Especially when he (Thomas Jones) only gains 86 yards against Cleveland on twice as many carries. Look for LT to play with a chip on his shoulder like this all season.

Defense:

Secondary- Outside of the ridiculous catch the “slouch” Randy Moss made to give the Patriots a 14-7 lead the secondary played pretty well. They forced two interceptions, and played tight coverage for most of the game. Even with the loss of Darrelle Revis in the second half, they Antonio Cromartie stepped up, and Kyle Wilson grew up as the two kept Moss and company at bay. The great coverage, and forced throws by Tom Brady were aided by the…

Defensive line- Sione Pouha, filling in for the injured Kris Jenkins led the team with six tackles. Tom Brady was sacked only once, by Jason Taylor, but he was forced to rush his throws for much of the game, especially the 2nd half. Rex Ryan’s defense got pressure on the quarterback, and when the secondary can make plays on the ball, good things happen and points will be scored. It won’t always be touchdowns, but field goals are important too. Just ask…

Special Teams:

Nick Folk- He was 2-2 including a long of 48 yards. He’s rebounded nicely after his rough year in Dallas last year. Now that he’s fully healthy, he’ll be great for gang green.

What’s Next?

The Miami Dolphins are welcoming our Jets to town in their home opener on national TV on Sunday Night Football.

NYJ: 1-1 and looking to keep clicking. Good win boys.