A relapse to Sanchez's implosive rookie days, right?
ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer vehemently denies that notion. Dilfer places most of the blame on the Jets' receiving corps for too many drops and for both interceptions, which were accurate throws that got wrestled away by defenders.
"What you saw in the new Meadowlands [stadium] with Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets is not Mark Sanchez's fault," Dilfer said. "Just because they got shut out does not mean Mark Sanchez played bad. He had nine dropped balls. The Santonio Holmes [drop] on third-and-7 is going to be a touchdown in a three-point game. He had multiple balls dropped that would have converted into first downs and allowed drives to sustain, and his kicker missed a makeable field goal.
"The perception is that Mark Sanchez played bad, the Jets get shut out, they regressed. Mark Sanchez didn't regress. The receiving corps of the New York Jets regressed."