by Chris Warner, Patriots Daily Staff
Despite the 31-14 score, we at PD feel there’s much to malign regarding New England’s performance vs. the Jets. A 24-0 lead in the first 29 minutes? Groovy. After that, some less-than-rad moments, including a punt blocked for a touchdown, a missed 40-yard field goal and an 80-yard Jets scoring drive to start the third quarter.
During any other week, the defensive lapses and the special teams snafus would warrant a closer look; however, this particular lap goes to New York quarterback Mark Sanchez (eight for 21 passing, 136 yards, one TD, four INTs, one fumble).
No Jet did more to lose this game than Sanchez. Watching his inappropriately-named highlights,we see him tossing the ball like a bocce player, looking at a spot and placing it in the general vicinity. Sanchez threw two TD passes, one of them to New England cornerback Leigh Bodden in the first quarter to open up the home team’s 24-0 scoring onslaught.
Sanchez has a ton of ability and can show some touch (see his 29-yard loft to Jerricho Cotchery), but his last two meaningful possessions resulted in disaster (interception by Brandon Meriweather, strip sack by Tully Banta-Cain). Clearly, the kid has some work to do. For regressing from “The Sanchize” to “Off-the-Mark” in a couple of months, Mr. Sanchez, PD requests you take a lap.
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