By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
It sure wasn’t pretty, but the New York Jets managed to get out of Jacksonville with their second-straight win to remain very much alive in the NFL playoffs.
All of the attention on squared on Mark Sanchez, but to be frank, he had minimal impact on this game. Both of the Jets scoring touchdown drives were engineered by a power running game that featured a heavy dose of Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell.
The Jets got the win with Rex’s preferred formula of defense and a strong running game, but one has ton wonder just how far this team can go with the current state of their passing game. Stephen Hill went down early in the game, leaving their receiving corps. at an all-time low in terms of depth.
When you can’t gain separation against the Jaguars secondary, you have serious issues. Sanchez was not great and fumbled yet again, but it was not like he had a lot of easy throws to sustain drives. Every yard gained through the air takes an inordinate amount of effort and precise execution. There are no “easy throws” in this offense.
The good news is, the Jets maybe getting Dustin Keller back this week and their offensive line is playing like the 2009 unit that led the NFL in rushing. However, Stephen Hill is feared to have torn an ACL, which would kill an entire offseason of development for the rookie receiver.
Rex still not sure of extent of Stephen Hill’s injury. Bryan Thomas “has a pec” injury, he said & Aaron Berry has a hammy injury Sheesh #nyj
— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) December 10, 2012
Defensively, it is hard to ignore the impact Muhammad Wilkerson is having on defense. He had one sack, but he was disruptive on nearly every play. The Jets even got some production from rookie Quinton Coples, who recorded a sack and forced the interception to seal the win. He played in about half the snaps, and his snap count should increase as he keeps producing.
Overall, it was not an easy game and the Jets still have plenty of issues on offense, but it should be a much quieter week around Florham Park without another quarterback controversy to deal with and two straight wins under their belt.