Jets' comeback win exposes weaknesses

Posted Sept. 12, 2011 @ 3:30 p.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

The Jets could not have asked for a worse start to the season. Tony Romo and the Cowboys marched downfield on their opening possession and WR Dez Bryant torched the Jets' defense twice en route to a 7-0 lead.

How did the Jets' offense respond? With a three-and-out.

In a game of two quarterbacks known for being mistake-prone, it was Romo who made the biggest errors, and Sanchez who took advantage. The Jets rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter for just the third time in franchise history and exited the Ryan Bowl with a 27-24 victory.

Despite Sanchez's poise under pressure and a big blocked punt by Joe McKnight, the victory raised concerns regarding a Jets team that's looking to reach its third AFC championship game in a row.

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Jets fans would be quick to point to last year's season opener — a 10-9 loss to the Ravens — as reason to not be worried about a Week One hiccup. The win against the Cowboys on Sunday night, though, brought to the forefront some things to keep a close eye on against a weaker opponent, Jacksonville, in Week Two.

Don't get me wrong — this was more than just "a win is a win." It was very impressive to come back the way the Jets did. LaDainian Tomlinson still has not lost a step, Plaxico Burress made big plays in his first regular-season game in almost three years and the defense forced three turnovers and sacked Romo four times. It's one thing to have Week One jitters after a limited offseason on an emotional night, but if the weaknesses linger against the Jaguars, then Rex Ryan's crew will have a lot of work to do.