Sunday, January 17, 2010
Jets show a pulse to end the half
By Tim Graham
SAN DIEGO -- The New York Jets are losing, but any fears of Sunday's playoff game against the San Diego Chargers getting out of hand haven't materialized at Qualcomm Stadium.
Though outplayed so far, the Jets are down 7-0 at halftime and get the ball first in the third quarter. Their offense showed a pulse toward the end of the second quarter with some decent gains from rookie running back Shonn Greene.
The Jets should feel fortunate. They easily could be down by double-digits. Chargers kicker Nick Kaeding missed a pair of field-goal attempts, one wide left and one short.
San Diego has a 212-99 edge in total yards.
If the Chargers can extend their lead to two scores, then Jets fans should worry. The Jets haven't shown much faith in Mark Sanchez's ability to make things happen, even taking him off the field so they could direct snap to receiver Brad Smith on one third-down play.
The secret to New York's success has been marginalizing Sanchez within the offense. As soon as the rookie quarterback needs to become the show, the better the chance San Diego has of wining comfortably.
Sanchez has completed seven of his 15 attempts for 59 yards. He has connected with Braylon Edwards twice for 41 yards.
Green has carried nine times for 35 yards, while Thomas Jones ran four times for 12 yards.