The Jets offense played very well, gaining 384 yards, limiting turnovers and penalties, and decisively winning the battle in the trenches in the 48-28 win over the Bills. Oh, and taking every critic off their back in the process, at least for a week.
Sanchez victimized the Bills defensive backs, going 19 – 27 for 266 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Sanchez also boasted a 123.4 quarterback rating on the day. Sanchez made a couple questionable decisions early, and he needs to protect the ball better than he did against Buffalo.
Wide Receivers Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley dismantled the Bills secondary with Hill catching 5 of 6 targets for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kerley caught all 4 targets for 45 yards and a touchdown. Kerley also returned a punt 68 yards, untouched for a touchdown. Kerley’s performance today was reminiscent of former Jets receiver and returner, Santana Moss. Both Hill and Kerley did a great job of beating the cornerbacks in man coverage and gained chunks of yards after the catch.
Receiver Santonio Holmes had a decent day, catching 4 of 8 targets for 68 yards. Holmes did enough to prove he and Sanchez have a good repertoire, but that won’t be enough against better defenses.
Injured tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring) played sparingly, catching his lone target for 7 yards on a hitch route. Backup tight end Jeff Cumberland had a solid performance catching 3 of 4 targets for 33 yards. 2 of those receptions were key first downs early in the game.
The running game was more of a compliment to the passing game for Sanchez and co. today with Shonn Greene toting the rock 27 times for a meager 94 yards (A paltry 3.4 yard average). A good amount of Greene’s yards and only touchdown were in the forth quarter in junk time. He also fumbled twice; both were recovered by the offense.