What We Learned Thursday Jets at Broncos Week 11

Mr. Destiny on the Broncos Comeback Win against Jets

BRONCOS: I think it’s safe to say winning 4 out of his 5 starts is not a fluke and though it is not a pretty sight, Tim Tebow knows how to get it done. He alone accounted for 92 out of the 95 yards on the 12 play drive to win the game, capping it with a rushing touchdown. The shots of Elway in the owners box were priceless, knowing he fully does not buy into Tebow given his almost weekly visits to Stanford watching Andrew Luck.

Tebow is a return to old style football which is something most of us find hard to conceive after being raised on “systems” and laser arms. Like Elway though, we are all realizing that the will to win is really what it boils down to over the bling and splash. It’s the old saying…scoreboard! Tebow finished with only 104 yards passing to go along with 68 yards rushing on 8 carries and the touchdown. Lance Ball was not very effective in relief of Willis Mcgahee, who was out for most of the game after a fumble early in the 3rd quarter. I can’t imagine the Broncos benching him for the error, so it may be he tweaked the hamstring again.

JETS: Once again, Mark Sanchez was as good at times as he was bad. A pick six late in the 3rd quarter turned momentum the Broncos way and eventually led to the win. Sanchez finished with 252 yards and an interception, failing to find a rhythm offensively. He was pressured, but the interception should never had been thrown in the first place, and this is not the first time we’ve seen this from him. Sanchez is clearly struggling this season but I blame the vanilla scheme just as much for his issues.

We rarely see deep posts, reverses, or Wildcat anymore from the Jets this year. The Wildcat is understandable after losing Brad Smith, but nearly every pass attempt is a slant, hook, or fly route along the sideline. Teams have been privy to the scheme and Sanchez is having to force the ball in order to create momentum. The lone play which went for a game high 30 yards was when he found Plaxico on the inside half of the field which allowed Plax to turn up field. Plax was the high man with 64 yards on the day, though no receivers found much room to work.

Shonn Greene exited the game with a rib injury after posting only 10 yards on 3 carries, but was on the sideline and looked available in an emergency. He should be good to go next week but if anything, Joe Mcknight showed he is capable of handling the load when called upon. The Jets are in need of some spice to their offense and like the Cowboys, should take the gloves off and stretch the field along with some more creativity.


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