Entering their week four match up with the San Francisco 49ers, the New York Jets knew it would be difficult to pull of the home upset with their best player Darrelle Revis out for the remainder of the season. They couldn’t have expected to get totally obliterated by the Niners 34-0. Even though Revis plays defense, one would think that he played every single position on both sides of the ball with the outcome of this completely one-sided affair.
The Jets’ offense has been a major problem for them in seven of their eight outings during their 2012 regular and preseason games and once again, that unit disappointed mightily, failing to score a single point and only producing 145 yards of total offense on 50 plays from scrimmage. All of New York’s offensive futility begins with Mark Sanchez and his lack of efficiency and play-making skills. Sanchez completed just 13 of his 29 pass attempts for just 103 yards and an interception while looking disinterested on several drives during the second half.
Let the quarterback controversy begin as Tim Tebow sits back and awaits his turn. So far this season Sanchez has completed just 49.2 percent of his passes for 813 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions while Tebow has thrown just one pass.
All of the Jets offensive woes can’t be solely placed on Sanchez in this one as their running game produced just 45 yards on 17 carries (2.6 yards per carry) plus the fact that the San Francisco defense is really good and were upset coming off of a loss last week to the Minnesota Vikings.
The 49ers defense held the Jets’ offense to just 2.9 yards per play along with just successfully converting on two of their 13 third downs, forcing them to turn the ball over four times and not allowing New York to reach the redzone a single time in the game. With that type of defensive effort, San Francisco didn’t require much out of Alex Smith and their offense. Smith passed for 143 yards while completing 12 of his 21 attempts, but the running game racked up 245 yards on 44 carries including 62 yards from Frank Gore, 56 yards from second-year back Kendall Hunter and 50 yards and a score from backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Aldon Smith recorded two of the three total sacks on Sanchez and Patrick Willis led the way with 10 tackles for the dominant San Francisco defense. The final score could have been much worse than it was due to the fact that 49ers kicker David Akers (who is usually reliable) missed two of his four field goal attempts.The Jets may also have more concerns on the injury front as wide receiver Santonio Holmes was carted off of the field following an apparent serious foot injury on the first play of the fourth quarter.