The tape has been reviewed, and opinions have been formulated. Here's a look back at the Jets' 32-3 laugher:
TWO-PICK: Going back to the opener, Mark Sanchez has three interceptions in his last five quarters. He threw two against the Jaguars, and there was a common denominator: Both came when he tried to throw underneath a two-deep zone. On the first throw, to Derrick Mason, he tried to squeeze the ball between the cornerback and safety -- a no-no vs. Cover-2. On the second throw, a tough third-and-15, he stared down Santonio Holmes and CB Rashean Mathis, with safety help over the top, read it all the way.
BRICK WALL: Being held to 45 rushing yards by the heavy-blitzing, front-disguising Cowboys was one thing; managing only 72 (we're not counting Sanchez's 29 yards on scrambles) against the Jaguars' basic, seven-man fronts is another story. The Jets averaged only 2.0 yards per rush on first down, and that's telling. If you want to blame it on Nick Mangold's injury, well, that definitely was a factor. Before Mangold left, they had 35 yards on seven rushes. But there were uncharacteristic breakdowns throughout the game that can't all be blamed on Mangold's absence.
3-IN-1: One of the Jets' best plays was Sanchez's 17-yard TD pass to Holmes -- perfect execution in all facets. It was a great call by Brian Schottenheimer. They showed a run-heavy look with three tight ends, but Sanchez executed a hard play-fake to RB Shonn Greene, freezing the linebackers. The pass protection was terrific, with Greene making a key block. It allowed Holmes to a run a triple move -- yes, a triple move. He cut left, right and left, making a leaping grab for the TD. The bonus: It ended the offense's streak of 16 straight games without a first-quarter TD.
SPECIAL K: TE Dustin Keller (six catches, 101 yards, 1 TD) shredded the Jaguars' Cover-2. He lined up in different spots in the formation, keeping the Jaguars off balance. Two catches came from the right slot, two from TE-right (customary spot), one from the left slot and one from TE-left.
THE PLAX FACTOR: Plaxico Burress didn't catch any passes, but he affected the game, especially on Keller's 11-yard TD catch. Burress lined up to the right, drawing a cornerback and a safety over the top. The Jaguars were in Cover-2, as usual, and the safety shaded toward Burress, leaving the middle open for Keller. He ran a short post on LB Paul Posluszny (a mismatch), and Sanchez fit the ball into a tight window. The safety arrived a split-second too late.
ANSWERING CRITICS: Going into the game, the Jets were dogged by two issues -- can't score in the first quarter, can't defend passes in the middle of the field. They responded to both. They intercepted Luke McCown four times, including two in the middle of the field -- S Eric Smith and backup LB Josh Mauga. So there.
CALLING OFF THE BLITZ: Facing an inexperienced journeyman quarterback who had few weapons at his disposal, the Jets figured to blitz and blitz often. In fact, they did the exact opposite. They relied on three- and four-man rushes throughout the game, letting McCown (and, later, rookie Blaine Gabbert) throw into seven- and eight-man coverages. Obviously, it worked brilliantly, as McCown finished with a 1.8 passer rating.
Here's an unofficial breakdown of the Jets' pass rushes, with McCown's results (and some Gabbert, too):
Three-man rush -- 2-for-5, 12 yards, two interceptions, one sack (safety by Mo Wilkerson). Note: DB Donald Strickland blitzed from the slot on the Eric Smith interception.
Four-man rush -- 8-for-16, 86 yards, one interception, two QB hits, one batted pass. Note: They used at least two overload blitzes out of the four-man rush, sending DBs on one side.
Five-man rush -- 1-for-4, 8 yards, one interception, one QB hit.
Six-man rush -- One sack (Bart Scott).
SCARY FLASHBACK: On a third-and-5 from the Jaguars' 5, ahead by 26 points at the start of the fourth quarter, the Jets called a pass. Rex Ryan admitted afterward that he wanted to get a catch for Burress. It nearly proved disastrous, as DE Matt Roth beat RT Wayne Hunter and hit Sanchez, his right arm extended and exposed, as he released the ball. It reminded me of the 2005 Jets-Jaguars game at the old Giants Stadium, when Chad Pennington -- arm extended -- was ripped down by a defensive lineman. He tore his rotator cuff for the second time. This time, the Jets got lucky.