By Shane Hewitt, Staff Writer
Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets showed they were no circus act Sunday, beating the Bills 48 – 28.
Sanchez, who was 19 for 27 for 266 yards, threw three touchdowns and only one interception. He finished the night with 70% of his passes completed and a rating of 123.4.
Giving Sanchez time to throw was exactly what he needed and the offensive line did just that. The Bills didn’t record one sack after investing $119.5 million into free-agent defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson and Austin Howard left the game looking like a stud.
Throwing to eight different receivers and connecting with seven of them, Sanchez was able to find the endzone three different times. Two times with second round rookie Stephen Hill and once to second year man, Jeremy Kerley.
However; Kerley wasn’t done there. Following a three and out, Kerley returned the Bills punt 68 yards for his second touchdown of the day. The first punt return for a score by the Jets since Santana Moss in 2004.
Ground and Pound was still alive and well with Shonn Green rushing 27 times for 94 yards and a touchdown late in the game.
And while the defense allowed 196 yards rushing by the Bills, 169 by C.J. Spiller, the secondary made big plays turning the ball over with Darelle Revis, Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie all recording an interception. Cromartie doing what he does best, returned his for a 40 yard touchdown.
LaRon Landry also had a forced fumble that was returned by fellow safety Yermiah Bell. Bell returning it for eight yards lateraled it back to Landry as he was being tackled and Landry returned it for another nine yards.
Tebow Time: Tim Tebow was used for a handful of plays, including lining up as the slot receiver on the first play of the game. He finished with five rushes for 11 yards and recovered an onside kick.
Notes: Antonio Cromartie banged up his left shoulder and had it wrapped after the game, but said he’ll be fine. Bryan Thomas and Patrick Turner left with hamstring injuries and Darrelle Revis left in the fourth quarter with a head injury. It doesn’t appear Revis suffered a concussion.