With Tim Tebow ready to pounce should he falter, Mark Sanchez has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. How will he do in this season’s opener at home against the Buffalo Bills?
The public doesn’t seem very confident in New York at all this weekend.
Oddsmakers opened the line at 4.5 in favor of the Jets, but now a spread of 2.5 can mostly be found at the sportsbooks.
Such movement can be explained by New York’s terrible preseason. They lost all four of their exhibition games and their offense looked terrible throughout.
Still, Sanchez enters the season as the undisputed starter, but one has to wonder how many bad performances it will take before the reigns are handed over to Tebow. Sanchez didn’t actually have that bad of a year in 2011, throwing for 3,474 yards and 26 touchdowns while throwing 18 picks. His 78.2 QB rating was the best of his career.
However, he hasn’t led the team to very much success while quarterback as the Jets seem to always be mentioned as possible Super Bowl contenders but then never live up to the billing. One of the most overrated NFL picks out there over the past few years.
If this team’s going to be in contention this season, it’ll be because of their defense.
Darrelle Revis headlines a great unit and one that’s expected to be one of the stingiest in the NFL. The first battle will be against Buffalo’s formidable running attack that features Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
The thing about Revis is he can take away one side of the field all by himself. Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to have to be extremely efficient and will have to avoid mistakes. If he fails, the Jets could easily run away with this game.
In the end though, the attention and pressure will be on Sanchez. Let’s see how he handles it.