Late Touchdown Lifts Washington Past New York 16-11

August 28, 2010 – By Scott

This preseason has not showcased the offense, that most predicted would do well during the 2010 NFL season, by the New York Jets. They have produced just two touchdowns in their three preseason games.

On Friday, they did not get that second touchdown until late in their game against the Washington Redskins and suffered their second loss of the preseason 16-11. Not only did their offense sputter, they committed four turnovers to go along with just 288 yards of total offense.

“You’re not going to win too many games, if any games, if you turn the ball over four times,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “That was the critical stat that jumps out.”

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez finished 13 of 21 for 139 yards in the loss with one interception. Sanchez is not happy with the production of the offense but found a little bright spot in the loss.

“We’re not overwhelmingly pleased,” Sanchez said, “but at the same time, I’m glad we got the chance in the second half to put together a nice little drive, play into the fourth quarter and score.”

This preseason matchup was highlighted by the place kickers for both teams as they accounted for 12 of the 27 total points scored by both teams. The Jets got on the board first midway through the first quarter on a 45 yard field goal by Nick Folk. Washington would respond on Graham Gano’s 27 yard field goal to tie the score at three heading into the second quarter. Gano would then add his second of three field goals in the second to put the Redskins ahead 6-3. The Jets would then score on a safety after Rex Grossman, who started for the injured Donovann McNabb, could not handle a shotgun snap and the ball tipped off his hands and bounced into the end zone.

The only score of the third quarter would come on Gano’s final field goal from 41 yards out to give the Redskins a 9-5 lead heading into the final quarter. The Jets got the game’s first touchdown after Sanchez found Dustin Keller on a ten yard pass to give the Jets back the lead. But with 2:13 remaining and trailing 11-9 because of the Jets’ missed extra point attempt, Larry Johnson would haul in a 15 yard touchdown pass to put the Redskins ahead for good.

Grossman finished with 111 yards passing for the game and Johnson led the Redskins in rushing with 42 yards. Newly acquired LaDainian Tomlinson led the Jets with 86 yards rushing.

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