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Tim Tebow’s first drive as Jets quarterback ended with three points. The team only had to go 36 yards after a Bengals kickoff went out of bounds, but that’s more than Sanchez was able to move the Jets in two drives. Tebow ran twice for 24 yards and hit rookie Stephen Hill for 12 yards to set up Josh Brown’s field goal that tied the game 3-3 in the second quarter.
Sanchez didn’t play poorly, completing 4-of-6 passes and showing some scrambling ability of his own to convert a third down. He didn’t get much help from his offensive line on a pair of Bengals sacks. The team wasn’t able to establish much of a running game, either, as Shonn Greene got just 11 yards on his five first quarter carries.
It bears mentioning that Tebow was playing against second-string Bengals defenders, although we imagine that won’t matter much to those who want to see him starting in New York. Tebow is expected to remain in the game for about two quarters before giving way to third-stringer Greg McElroy.