Leading up to the Monday night showdown between the New York Jets and the Houston Texans, a lot of talk surrounded Jets’ quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Many believed that after the team’s last loss — a shutout against the San Francisco 49ers — that backup quarterback Tim Tebow was the better option at quarterback.
While there were some Tebow sightings, Sanchez remained the Jets’ starter and showed some signs of life. However, the team flat-lined on many critical plays.
One of which was a Mark Sanchez interception thrown at the end of the second half. This was critical because the Jets were driving for at least a field goal to go into the half tied. This interception was almost returned for six points, but the Jets defense held them to a field goal before the half.
The score at the half — 17-7 Houston.
In the second half, the game seemed to come to a standstill for the Jets. That is until Joe Mcknight returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the third-quarter.
Despite the efforts of the Jets’ defense throughout the game, neither Mark Sanchez nor Tim Tebow could put the team ahead. Sanchez had only one touchdown and Tebow merely had one effective run inside the Texans’ 20-yard line.
Looking away from the players, the Jets’ staff also mismanaged their timeouts, using two early in the second-half. This would prove to factor in huge late in the game.
After the defense stopped Texans’ Arian Foster on a crucial third-down and one, the Jets’ offense had one more shot. Trailing by six, Sanchez completed two consecutive passes for first downs. Then, another interception halted the drive, giving Houston the ball with a little under two-minutes left in the game.
This would not have been such a blow for the Jets if they had all three timeouts. Houston was able to run the clock down and punt, leaving the Jets and Mark Sanchez with four seconds for a miracle.
Then, with one last fighting gasp, Sanchez dropped back, and threw but his pass was batted down to the ground.
Sanchez finished the game 14 for 31, with one touchdown and two interceptions. His rating was a dismal 54.5.
With this performance, it does not take an expert analyst to tell what will happen now for the Jets. The clamoring for Tebow will start to echo throughout and honestly, I believe he will start for the New York Jets at one point this season. So get yourself ready for Tebow Mania Part II.
The Jets now sit 2-3 and the Texans join the Atlanta Falcons as the only undefeated teams in the NFL at 5-0.