It went from bad to worse for the New York Jets as a ten point halftime deficit swelled into a 34-0 home shutout at the hands of Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers. As if the beat down in front of its home crowd wasn’t bad enough, New York saw its top receiving target, Santonio Holmes, carted off the field with an apparent foot injury.
Just one week earlier, the Jets lost All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis to an ACL tear in his left knee during a bizarre non-contact injury against the Miami Dolphins which effectively put him on the shelf for the remainder of the season. While initial x-rays on Holmes’ left foot were negative, the Jets fear he may have suffered ligament damage and could miss extended time and in a worst case scenario be lost for the season.
While Rex Ryan and company aimed to rally together and elevate their play this week without Revis at their disposal, Gang Green looked listless offensively and its defense worn down from the 49ers bruising ground game as the flood gates opened in the second half. San Francisco amassed a whopping 245 rushing yards on 44 carries. While the Jets’ Wildcat offense has been bogged down by questionable play-calling and a refusal to allow Tim Tebow to play consecutives snaps, Harbaugh’s crew gave Gang Green a dose of their own medicine featuring their version of the Wildcat on Sunday.
Second-year quarterback out of Nevada, Colin Kaepernick rush five times for 50 yards including a seven-yard touchdown run in the second-quarter to give San Francisco a 7-0 lead. For the third consecutive game, signal-caller Mark Sanchez completed less than 50 percent of his pass attempts, throwing for just 103 yards while tossing one interception and losing a fumble. The Jets looked like a team with an identity crisis as their so-called franchise-quarterback failed to lead the offensive unit on a single scoring drive. As New York looks to regroup from an embarrassing Week Four rout, Sanchez’s poor play has kicked open the door for a quarterback controversy to start brewing in the Big Apple.