PITTSBURGH (AP) – Just as quickly as they emerged after a dreadful preseason, Mark Sanchez and the short-lived high-powered New York Jets offense were jarringly knocked back to reality.
A week after setting a franchise record for points in a season opener with a defeat of Buffalo, the Jets’ offense reverted back into its listless preseason form in a 27-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
New York managed 219 yards of offense and converted one third down in the second half.
“We weren’t our best,” said Sanchez, who was 10 for 27 for 138 yards and a touchdown but wasn’t the same after taking a hit from Lawrence Timmons early in the second quarter. “The throws weren’t there at times. The catches weren’t there at times. … Poor execution.”
The Jets looked a lot like the juggernaut they were in a 48-28 blowout of the Bills the previous week during their first two drives against Pittsburgh.
Santonio Holmes caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez to cap a 90-yard drive on New York’s first possession, and Nick Folk’s 38-yard field goal came at the end of a 61-yard drive the next time the Jets (1-1) had the ball to give them a 10-6