Jet trends: Inside the numbers

September, 29, 2011
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Three weeks into the season, some interesting trends have developed. Here's a closer look at a few of them, courtesy of ESPN Stats and Information:

MARK SANCHEZ: FIRST-DOWN PASSING

23-for-37 ... 62.2% ... 311 yards ... 1 TD ... 2 INT ... 4 sacks ... 75.4 passer rating

Analysis: The Jets are throwing about 45% of the time on first down (way up from two years ago), but they haven't been particularly effective -- lots of negative plays. The stat that jumps out is four sacks; it's never good when a team is allowing that many sacks on first down.

SANCHEZ: PASSING INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Category ... 2010 ..... 2011
Comp pct ... 57.7 ..... 73.2
Yds/att ..... 7.0 ........ 10.3
TD pct ....... 3.5 ......... 5.4
1st Dwn pct .. 33.1 .. 46.4

Analysis: Sanchez has made significant improvement on throws in the middle of the field. A lot of that can be attributed to TE Dustin Keller, a weapon inside the numbers. That the Jets are facing a lot of two-deep zones, with soft spots in the middle, is another factor.

SHONN GREENE: YARDS AFTER CONTACT

41 carries ... 134 total yards ... 68 yards after contact ... 1.7 avg.

Analysis: Greene ranks 25th in the league, a lot lower than you'd expect from a power back whose forte is supposed to be breaking tackles.

DROPPED PASSES

LaDainian Tomlinson ... 2
Derrick Mason ... 1
Patrick Turner ... 1
Jeff Cumberland ... 1

Analysis: Only the Rams, Bucs and Eagles have dropped more passes than the Jets.

TARGETS

Dustin Keller ... 22
Plaxico Burress ... 17
Derrick Mason ... 17
Santonio Holmes ... 16
LaDainian Tomlinson ... 15
Shonn Greene ... 10

Analysis: Pretty balanced distribution.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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