AFC East: Donald Stickland
September, 27, 2009
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The New York Jets further established themselves as a team on the make, beating its third respectable opponent to start the season.
In yet another impressive display, the Jets handled the Tennessee Titans 24-17 at the Meadowlands.
So far, the Jets have knocked off a playoff contender, the prohibitive favorite to win the AFC East and last year's top AFC playoff seed.
Rex Ryan's defense didn't have an epic afternoon, but it did enough without two regular contributors in their secondary: right cornerback Lito Sheppard and nickel back Donald Strickland.
Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez managed the game like a seasoned veteran again, showing that his first two games weren't flukes. The first time maybe. The second time, perhaps coincidental. Three times in a row is looking typical.
Sanchez was 17 of 30 for 171 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also scored the game's first touchdown, contorting himself over the goal line after a slick 14-yard scramble.
But if there's something to be concerned about, it's the Jets' run game.
Leon Washington ran 12 times for 46 yards. Thomas Jones had 14 carries for 20 yards.
Take away two nice runs at the end of the the season-opening victory over the Houston Texans and Jets fans might be howling for rookie Shonn Greene to get his chance.