Sanchez, Jets pour on points vs Bills
September, 9, 2012
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
The New York Jets win over the Buffalo Bills was about so much more than the debut of Tim Tebow. Let’s review some of the most statistically-significant contributions, with the help of our video-analysis team and Pro-Football-Reference.com.
The Jets have won six straight games against the Bills. That’s their second-longest winning streak against Buffalo, surpassed only by a seven-game streak spanning 1984 to 1987.
The great 48
The Jets' 48 points are their most in a season opener in franchise history. They’re the most by any team in a season opener since the 49ers scored 48 points against the Bears in 2003.
It should be noted that neither of the last two teams to score 48 points or more in a season opener (the 2003 San Francisco 49ers and the 2002 Miami Dolphins) made the playoffs.
The last team to score at least 48 in a season opener and make the postseason was the 1995 Dolphins, who put 52 points on the Jets in Week 1.
Hill fits the Bill
Stephen Hill ’s two touchdown receptions made him the first player in Jets history with a pair of touchdowns in a season-opening game, by a player making his NFL debut.
He’s the first player from any NFL team to do that since Alex Smith for the 2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the fifth to do so in the last 25 seasons, joining Randy Moss (1998 Vikings), Charles Rogers (2003 Lions), and Anquan Boldin (2003 Cardinals).
He’s on the Mark
This was the sixth time in Mark Sanchez ’s career that he threw at least three touchdown passes in a game. The Jets improved to 6-0 in those games. His Total QBR of 97.1 is the highest in any regular season game in his career.
He improved to 3-1 as a starter in season openers. In those three wins, he was 63-for-102 for 872 yards, with six touchdown throws.
The Jets did not have a touchdown in Sanchez’s 15 preseason possessions, but scored four touchdowns on the nine possessions he was under center.
Sanchez connected with Hill twice in two attempts on passes in which he targeted Hill at least 20 yards down the field.
Sanchez completed just 26 percent of passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield last year (29th among NFL quarterbacks) with three touchdowns.
One other note on Sanchez. Each of his first two touchdown throws came a play following rushes by Tebow.
Easy being Greene
Shonn Greene rushed between the tackles a career-high 24 times Sunday for 84 yards and a touchdown. The Bills' defense allowed the seventh-highest yards per rush average and second-most rushing touchdowns between the tackles in 2011.
Kerley’s unique day
Jeremy Kerley has a punt-return touchdown and receiving touchdown for the Jets against the Bills.
He is the first player in Jets history with a punt return touchdown and receiving touchdown in the same game.
Only one player had that combo in a game last year -- Eddie Royal against the Raiders.
Kerley's 68-yd punt return TD is the longest by a Jet since Terance Mathis' 98-yd return in 1990 vs the Cowboys.
He is the 2nd player in Jets history to return a punt for a touchdown in the season's first game.
The other -- Chris Farasopoulos (65 yards) against the Bills in 1972.
Mark Simon, Katie Sharp, and Marty Callinan contributed to this post