NEW YORK (WFAN) – The Jets surprised just about everybody on Sunday with their 48-28 drubbing of the Bills in the season opener at MetLife Stadium.
After scoring just one touchdown in four preseason games, Gang Green scored six touchdowns en route to a very impressive performance.
“Our offense came out and just put it to them,” Jets defensive end Mike DeVito told WFAN’s Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno in his weekly spot on Tuesday. “It was a new experience for us on defense. When it was 41-7 in the fourth quarter, we were like, ‘Wow.’ We were shocked. It was great to see the offense come out and play like that. We were laughing on the sidelines.”
DeVito gave much of the credit to the Jets’ offensive line, which gave quarterback Mark Sanchez a ton of protection on Sunday. The undrafted New York native said that he knew in training camp just how strong the unit would be.
“Not only are they great individually, but they play so well together as a unit,” DeVito said. “If they keep playing like that, which they will, we’ll be unstoppable on offense.”
The Jets’ defense, which was touted as the undisputed strength of the team heading into the season, struggled to take down Bills running back C.J. Spiller. The third-year player out of Clemson rushed for 169 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown.
“That was not Jets defense,” the 28-year-old added. “It was missed tackles, not really broken assignments. We had (Spiller) stopped and we let him get out, and that’s something we need to fix. Obviously that’s going to be a point of emphasis coming up in practice. We can’t have that. Our defense has to be the rock.”
Future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson was one of the few who wasn’t taken aback by the Jets’ offense outburst.
“I wasn’t really shocked,” the five-time Pro Bowler told Joe and Evan. “I felt like, obviously in preseason, they were trying to find their way and working out the dynamic at quarterback. I wasn’t really concerned. The key to me is (that they now have) a big-play receiver and a deep-play threat in Stephen Hill.”
The 2006 NFL MVP also added that he saw a new, more impressive Sanchez on Sunday.
“I felt like Mark, from the beginning, had command of the huddle,” Tomlinson said. “He had command of the sideline. He looked more confident. He knew what was going on and he anticipated his throws well. He really was sharp.”
Sanchez completed 19 of 27 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the opener.
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