|Royalty was in the building|
After spending the majority of the first quarter on the bench except for three plays, the Jet offense led by Mark Sanchez was ready to take flight once and for all.
Finally the "training wheels" were off for Mark. On the first offensive play from scrimmage, he aired it out. The pass he threw was intended for tight end Dustin Keller over the middle down the field. Keller missed it as it went through his outstretched hands. After that, Mark Sanchez settled in nicely.
The offense moved the ball well the rest of the afternoon without making any mistakes. They looked like the offense that got to the AFC Championship Game in January.
Mark in his second year hopefully proved that he's for real. When I saw him play in Houston for the very first time and in person I thought he was the real deal.
He looked good against the Giants in the first preseason game for the time he played.
Since then all I've heard is Mark is no good. I beg to differ.
He's in his second year, this was only the second game of the young season. He deserves a second chance.
On Monday night, he was restricted due to the awful play calling.
Sunday was a different story and Mark showed the nay sayers he's better than they think. Time will tell.
On this day the offense was impressive to say the least. Mark spread the wealth and he utilized all his weapons. I can't wait until week 5 when Santonio Holmes returns.
Dustin Keller had a monster game and Braylon Edwards used his height to reel in a touchdown pass as well a 2 point conversion which was pivotal in this victory.
LaDainlian Tomlinson aka the L Train was running like the wind. He didn't show his age on this day.
He was another guy that Jet fans had their doubts about. Not me I like veterans who have the experience to help the younger players succeed.
The L Train isn't going to derail. He's a welcome addition and it's only a matter of time that he proves to the fan base that it was a sound decision.
On the defensive side of the ball, with Darrelle Revis coming up lame on the play of the game when Patriots wide receiver reeled in a touchdown pass from Tom Brady with his right hand. I was left in amazement by the spectacular grab he made.
After that the Jet defense clamped down and rallied to shut down the Patriots the rest of the game.
Antonio Cromartie aka "Cro" made of for the loss of Revis. He stepped up his game and he picked off another pass.
Special teams were great again. They limited the kickoff and punt returns to minimal damage.
The kicking game was solid thanks to Nick Folk who made 2 more field goals and punter Steve Weatherford who punted the ball very well all day long.
Overall, it was a great team effort in all facets of the game.
More importantly, the team showed much better discipline. They didn't take costly penalties to hurt themselves.
The bottom line is the season was saved.
Next up Sunday night in Miami in prime time. This is a huge game that can go a step further in helping the Jets as they try to put a straggle hold on the division title.
Please note that Ira from Staten Island who calls the local sports radio stations on a regular basis will be there.
I have the privilege of sitting with Ira at the Jet home games in section 312 row 13 on the 30 yard line. In addition, I do plan to hook up with him on the road as well since he's going to all the road games too.
If you bleed green then I strongly suggest that you talk to me.
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Thank you for reading.