Just call MetLife Stadium “Bizarro World,” because two of the NFL’s most maligned quarterbacks are looking great there tonight.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert both got off to good starts in Saturday night’s preseason game, with both men marching their teams down the field on early touchdown drives.
Sanchez got things started with an outstanding drive on which he threw three passes, completing them for 11, 23 and 23 yards, with the final completion going to Jeff Cumberland for a touchdown. He appeared to be in total command of the offense, and Jets coach Rex Ryan grinned widely after the touchdown pass.
But Gabbert answered with a tremendous drive of his own, going 4-for-4 for 71 yards and capping it off with a five-yard touchdown toss to Allen Reisner. Gabbert, who was shaky in last week’s preseason opener, looked outstanding.
That wasn’t the end of the good quarterback play: The Jets got the ball back and Sanchez proceeded to march them down the field again, with the drive stalling only when receiver Stephen Hill failed to come up with a catchable ball from Sanchez. The Jets settled for a field goal on that drive.
On the Jaguars’ next drive, Gabbert again moved the offense smoothly, and although a third-down pass into the end zone fell incomplete and Jacksonville had to settle for a field goal, it was another solid drive.
It’s just the first quarter of a preseason game, so we shouldn’t overreact. But everything about both of these quarterbacks look great tonight. Well, everything except Sanchez’s mustache.