We all knew that this game would be close but not this close! Every Jets fan breathed a sigh of relief that the team walked away with a W in the books-no matter how we got it. Here are the Keys to todays game.
1. Two Interceptions were very critical in shifting the momentum of the game. The first wasn’t entirely Sanchez fault, he threw to to an inexperienced Clyde Gates who didn’t complete the route correctly, allowing Marshall come up with a pick. The second pick in the end zone was a horrible throw by Sanchez who shouldn’t have thrown it into coverage especially when Hill wasn’t even ready to catch the ball.
2. The lack of play makers on offense and with the absence of Dustin Keller was felt again, especially on third down situations where Keller is Sanchez’s go-to guy.
3. Missed catches are killing the offense like no other. The receivers barely get open and when they do they dont make the catches that need to be made. Hill needs to step it up and come through on those straight forward TD catches.
4. The injury to Revis is the last thing the Jets wanted and it led to Miami to traget Kyle Wilson. This allowed them to control the game clock and lead some long drives. The Jets have to keep their fingers crossed that nothing is serious and Revis is able to join them for next weeks game against the 49ers.
5. Finally Tebow was used for what he was brought to do-spark the offense on critical downs. Today he did just that when he converted on a fourth and three and ran for five yards. Sparano needs to get Tebow involved more in the offense especially, the anemic running attack since it helps sets up the passing game.
6. The Jets defense has not been up to par – it appears they have taken a step back from last year and this is something that needs to be fixed ASAP. The players seem to be out-coached each game and there are just too many big plays that are being allowed by the defense. I hope this is addressed by the coaches soon.
7. The Jets were aided by the two missed FG by the Dolphins as well as the time-out call by Philbin.
A win is a win, but the the Jets need to get a lot of issues on both sides of the ball addressed soon. A tough schedule is coming up for the next 3 weeks and they need to make the most of it. I firmly believe that a tough first half of the season will make them a tougher and better team-as long as they learn from their mistakes and improve.