Ryan, Sanchez Make a Killer First Impression

Rookie QB shines but defense shines brighter

By Josh Alper
|  Sunday, Sep 13, 2009  |  Updated 4:30 PM EDT
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Ryan, Sanchez Make a Killer First Impression

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Atta boy, Mark.

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There are times as a sports fan where you need to take a deep breath and remind yourself that there are days where everything goes your way. That may never be more true than it is after watching the Jets this Sunday.

Mark Sanchez was every inch the dreamboat that he's been cracked up to be in leading three touchdown drives and piling up 468 yards of total offense. He threw for 272 yards and one touchdown, but the more important number would be the zero times he looked like a rookie starting his first ever NFL game on the road. He was poised, efficient and shrugged off an interception as easily as a 12-year veteran. And he looked like a million bucks every last minute.

Deep breath. 

Rex Ryan's defense was just as aggressive as advertised and shut out a good Texans offense. They blitzed with abandon and hit Matt Schaub over and over again, forced two turnovers and generally made Houston look like a team without a clue when they had the ball in their hands. 

Longer, deeper breath. 

Thomas Jones ran for two touchdowns and combined with Leon Washington for 167 yards on the ground. David Harris was all over the field and laid out several Texans players before the day was out. Kris Jenkins was unblockable in the middle of the line, Dustin Keller looked like a multi-dimensional offensive threat and ....

Excessively long, excessively deep breath.   

Josh Alper is a writer living in New York City and is a contributor to FanHouse.com and ProFootballTalk.com in addition to his duties for NBCNewYork.com.

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