Mark Sanchez and the Jets got a dose of what it’s like to go on the road and play a good team Sunday, as the New Orleans Saints handed the rookie QB his first pro loss, and the first Jets loss of the 09 season, as the Saints topped the Jets 24-10.
Darren Sharper will be in Sanchez’s nightmares, as he had two picks, including one for a club record 99 yards. The QB also lost a fumble after a good stand by the Jets deep in their own territory. The Jets did stop the Saints twice on fourth-and-short and held QB Drew Brees to 190 yards passing and no touchdowns.
After averaging 40 points through their first three games, the Saints didn’t score an offensive touchdown until Pierre Thomas barreled in from a yard out with 6:07 left. Yet that was enough for two-touchdown win. “The Saints outplayed us today,” coach Rex Ryan said. “They forced a lot of turnovers and scored with them. You’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They ran the ball pretty effectively against us as well.”
Sanchez was 14 of 27 passes for 138 yards and was sacked four times. That still might have been good enough if not for his four turnovers. Saints cornerback Randall Gay also intercepted Sanchez inside the final two minutes, allowing New Orleans to run out the clock.
The Jets were not going to go 16-0, and sometimes a loss is a good, let’s just hope Sunday is the case.
“My mistakes killed us. They absolutely killed us,” Sanchez said. “The defense played well enough to win. That whole game is 10-10 without three interceptions and a fumble. You turn the ball over like that in this league, and you can’t win.” He learned that Sunday the hard way.