The starters are out, all that’s left is the final score.
Mark Sanchez got his start, and in under a minute had a pass intended for Tony Richardson intercepted by Haloti Ngata and run in for a touchdown. In less than a minute the Ravens had a 7-0 lead. But that wasn’t all. In the first half, Sanchez had two delay of game penalties, was sacked and dropped a handoff.
Sanchez held on, however, for a 19-yard scoring pass to Leon Washington.
All Kellen Clemens needed to do was look steady and competent, but it was only his second series before he threw a touchdown for an interception as well. Clemens was 5-for-10, 60 yards, a TD and a FG, while Sanchez was 3-for-8, 43 yards and a TD.
Clemens was marginally better by the numbers, but even he knows he has to outplay Sanchez by a wider margin to win the starting job. As it is now, neither looked ready for the nod, and their performances likely pushes back the timeline for naming the ultimate starter.
Bright spots: Kerry Rhodes looked solid in the backfield. Marques Murrell had a strip early in the second half. James Ihedigbo (aka King Ugly) had an interception. Bart Scott.
Problems: Vernon Gholston got burned by Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco on the run. David Clowney’s personal foul for pulling off his helmet after scoring a touchdown. The Wu Tang dance was a better move.
Update: Jets lose 24-23 after a failed conversion.