Monday, September 17, 2012

Force-fed Sanchez-Holmes connection falters in loss


New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes hooked up for a 14-yard touchdown strike in the first quarter to cap off a 90-yard first-possession drive that saw Sanchez go 4-for-5.

So much for that.

Gang Green's offense couldn't have started the game hotter, and it couldn't have finished colder in a 27-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers as the Jets fell to 1-1.

"We weren't our best," Sanchez said. "The throws weren't there at times. The catches weren't there at times. We came up short."

Sanchez targeted Holmes, the former Steeler, 11 times in the game. But Holmes only caught three of them.

Sanchez's receivers took their turns dropping passes throughout the second half, and Sanchez's final stat-line of 10-of-27 for 138 yards was telling of that. Sanchez threw just the one touchdown but didn't have any picks.

The Jets also converted on just one of their final seven third-down attempts. Rookie Stephen Hill, who had two touchdown catches last week, didn't haul in a pass.

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