The Sanchise is back in full swing…well, maybe. After a crushing 10-9 loss against the Baltimore Ravens, the Jets had a lot to prove to themselves and an army of Gang Green faithful who were starting to think that Rex Ryan’s Super Bowl proclamation was a pipe dream at best. Things weren’t looking so great after the first half against the New England Patriots Sunday, especially after Randy Moss’ 53 seconds-left-on-the-clock reception gave the Pats a 14-7 lead over the Jets going into halftime.
But when the Jets took to the field for the final quarters, sophomore QB Mark Sanchez busted out his best pro performance at just the right time, explains SI.com’s Richard Deitsch. Completing 21 of 30 passes for 220 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, Sanchez spearheaded the Jets’ second-half comeback, beating the Pats 28-14.
After such a strong showing and a much-needed victory the real question is can the Jets keep the momentum going and can Sanchez live up to the his career best performance. While the Jets and Pats get a break tonight, the Saints and 49ers will be battling it out as MLB action rolls on.
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays (7:05 p.m.) – The Yankees will take to their home field for the first game in their four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight. The Yanks have struggled as of late, holding only one-half game lead over the Rays.
New Orleans Saints vs. 49ers (8:30 pm) – Reigning Super Bowl champs the New Orleans Saints will head to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in their second game of the season. With five-consecutive victories over the 49ers, the Saints are looking to start their season 2-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.”
BY THE NUMBERS
88 – The length of Clint Bowyer’s Sprint Cup winless streak that he snapped this weekend at Loudon. The No. 12 seed in this year’s Chase for the Championship, Bowyer managed to outrace the likes of Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin to come within 35 points of the lead.
497 – Number of yards Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub notched in his team’s 30-27 victory against the Washington Redskins. Schaub completed 38 of 52 passes for 497 yards and set a new franchise record.
18 – Number of consecutive games pitcher Jon Lester has won for the Red Sox. Lester’s winning streak marks the first time that a lefty pitcher has won 18 games since Bruce Hurst in 1988. The Red Sox 6-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays was Lester’s fifth-straight start for the team.