After having to rally for a win last Sunday night, the Jets made sure Sunday to score enough on both sides of the ball, making quick work of the Jaguars 32-3 to move to 2-0 on the season.
Mark Sanchez and the offense broke a16-game skid in which they failed to score an offensive touchdown in the first quarter, and Antonio Cromartie had two of the Jets’ four interceptions of Luke McCown.
Sanchez’s favorite target was TE Dustin Keller, who caught six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. He went 17-of-24 passes for 182 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Jets, who rallied past the Cowboys, 27-24, last Sunday.
Shonn Greene carried the ball 16 times for 49 yards and a score for New York. Santonio Holmes hauled in three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.
“Last night, we challenged our team that there was one streak that we wanted to break and that was struggling offensively,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. “That’s really a team deal — it’s not just struggling on offense. It’s a team statistic.”
First-round pick Muhammad Wilkerson helped the Jets D with his first NFL sack for a safety early in the game, helping set the tone for a long day for McCown and the Jaguars (1-1). The Jets’ defense also felt challenged after Ryan opted to not give anyone on the unit a game ball following the season-opening victory over Dallas.
Luke McCown connected on 6-of-19 passes for 59 yards and four interceptions for the Jaguars (1-1), who failed to build off a 16-14 victory over the Titans last weekend. McCown’s passer rating was a dismal 1.8.
“It was one of those days where it was honestly nothing they were doing…This was on me, and I’ll do better,” McCown said.
Blaine Gabbert, the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft, played the fourth quarter due to McCown’s poor play. The Missouri product completed 5-of-6 passes for 52 yards. Maurice Jones-Drew was the lone bright spot for Jacksonville, rushing for 88 yards on 18 carries.
The Jets improved to 5-1 while wearing their navy New York Titans throwback jerseys, and are 2-0 for the second time in three years under Ryan. It was a crucial win for the Jets despite it being so early since they face three straight road games.
LaDainian Tomlinson had a 7-yard catch on third-and-4, and after a 2-yard run by Greene, Sanchez got plenty of time from his offensive line and connected with Keller for 33 yards.
On the next play, Sanchez found Holmes, who brought down a high pass for a touchdown. Holmes had been questionable with an ailing knee and quadriceps muscle.
The Jaguars’ first possession was a sign of things to come as Sione Pouha deflected McCown’s first pass, and on third down, Wilkerson beat Jaguars rookie left guard Will Rackley and flung McCown to the turf for a safety. The play was upheld after a review by officials.
“It was awesome,” Wilkerson said.
The Jets will now have to take their show on the road, as next week they head to Oakland to take on the 1-1 Raiders at 4:05pm.