This is why people are high on the Jets

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) celebrates with Jets' Jerricho Cotchery (89) after they connected on a touchdown pass against the New England Patriots during the third quarter of their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, September 19, 2010.   REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Outside of maybe the Cowboys, there wasn’t a potential 2010 playoff contender that looked worse than the Jets in Week 1.

They couldn’t run the ball, they couldn’t capitalize on turnovers, Mark Sanchez thought the checkdown was an actual play in the Jets’ offensive playbook…

The Jets were bad. And when an over-hyped team plays bad, they’re going to hear about how overrated they are for the rest of the week, which the J-E-T-S certainly did.

But in typical Rex Ryan fashion, the Jets just gave everyone the middle finger after taking it to the Patriots 28-14 on Sunday. Only in today’s NFL can a player like Sanchez look so hopeless one night and then six days later outplay a three-time Super Bowl winner. After looking pitiful on Monday night, Sanchez finished 21-of-30 for 220 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions today, while Tom Brady threw for 248 yards on 20-of-36 passing with two touchdowns but two picks.

Sanchez’s QB Rating after the game was 124.3.

Brady’s? Seventy-two point five.

Yeah, that’s about right.

Sanchez was helped by the fact that the Jets rushed for 136 yards and the defense forced three turnovers. Brady and the Pats were just 1-for-3 inside the red-zone and held the ball for roughly five minutes less than the Jets.

If there was ever a statement game early in the season, this was it for the Jets. They’re still 1-1 and they still have a long way to go before they can even think about reaching the lofty expectations that Ryan set for them, but this was a huge win today. No doubt about it.

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