Updated Oct. 19
I was wrong about the New York Jets.
Before the season, when most everybody else was picking the Jets to win the AFC East and to get to the Super Bowl, I picked them to miss the playoffs.
There was a reason I thought that. It was quarterback Mark Sanchez. My thinking was too many people were rushing to anoint him as the next great thing. I saw 12 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions as a rookie and thought there would be a growth process.
Sanchez and the Jets have both proven me wrong so far.
Sanchez looks much more sure of himself in the pocket. Even when he had a slow start against the Broncos on Sunday, he hung tough and found a way to make plays to bring his team from behind.
Yes, he got help from a pass-interference penalty on fourth down, but he made the throw, where he might have taken off a year ago to run. He smoothly moved outside the pocket and made the long throw and was rewarded with the flag. One play later, the Jets scored the winning touchdown.
Sanchez has nine touchdown passes and two interceptions, a big improvement. There is one thing that still concerns me about Sanchez. He isn't completing a high percentage of his passes. He's at 55.4 percent, the lowest completion percentage for any NFL starter.
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The Jets are running the ball and playing great defense to protect Sanchez, thus covering up that problem. At some point, though, it will be on him. He seems much more prepared for that this season, but that number has to go up if they are to be a Super team.
At 5-1, the Jets have won three road games and their only loss was by a point at home to Baltimore. They have earned the top spot in our Power Rankings.
Beware. It's a spot that's already seen a lot of change. Jets coach Rex Ryan said this about his team: "It's hard to say we're not the best team in the league."
I can't argue. Did I really think they wouldn't make the playoffs? I know what Ryan would say about that.
You are a stupid #@$&$#, Prisco.
He'd be right.