First-quarter monkey off Jets' backs

Jets tight end Dustin Keller celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday....

Jets tight end Dustin Keller celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. (Reuters)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:18 PM ET

The Jacksonville Jaguars were the tonic for what ails the slow-starting New York Jets.

Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes hooked up for a 17-yard touchdown to snap a 16-game streak without a first-quarter offensive touchdown by the Jets, who clobbered the Jaguars 32-2.

“There was one streak we wanted to break and that’s it, the first-quarter struggling offensively,” said Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

“When we tighten things up, not making communications mistakes, we’re tough to beat.”

New York’s defence wasn’t bad either, picking off hapless Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown four times.

Jets first rounder Muhammad Wilkerson also had his first sack and it resulted in a safety not long after Holmes’ touchdown.

The Jets broke a 14-3 game open with a 14-point third quarter.

Highly-touted rookie Blaine Gabbert replaced McCown early in the fourth quarter and went 5-of-6 for 52 yards, compared to McCown’s 6-for-19 for 52 yards.

Gabbert’s quarterback rating was 102.8. McCown’s? A brutal 1.8.

It is pretty early to hand Gabbert the reins, but it’s hard to see the Jaguars sticking with McCown much longer, even though the team won in Week 1.

For the 2-0 Jets all is well, but a tough stretch of the schedule looms.


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