Mark Sanchez threw a game-turning interception for a TD, made two game-management errors and led the offense to only one TD drive. For a change, the Jets used the screen pass effectively. WR Plaxico Burress got hot in the third quarter, but they stopped going to him.
Losing Shonn Greene (ribs) hurt, especially without LaDainian Tomlinson to step in. Joe McKnight was better as a receiver than a runner, and rookie Bilal Powell didn't show much. He fumbled at the goal line, but LG Matt Slauson recovered it for a TD. Another suspect game by the O-line.
On a short week, the Jets were well-prepared for Tebow's option-style offense. The Broncos had only 134 total yards through the first 55 minutes. NT Sione Pouha was a force and LB Calvin Pace forced a fumble. It was almost perfect -- until the final drive.
Nothing less than an A was acceptable, not against the misfiring Tim Tebow, who completed only nine of 20 passes. Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie shut down the wide receivers, and Tebow was wild when he did have open receivers. The lack of a pass rush was troubling.
McKnight fumbled for the second straight week; nothing worse than a turnover on special teams. T.J. Conley had a 13-yard punt and the kickoff coverage unit yielded a 67-yard return, due to a short kickoff by Nick Folk, who also missed two FGs.
The coaches did a nice job on a short week, especially the defense. The plan was excellent -- for 55 minutes. They switched to nickel after stoning Tebow all night in a 3-4. The all-out blitz on Tebow's TD was a bad call. Injuries handcuffed the offense, but this was another desultory performance.