Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/9/12

Well, Big Green almost had all the pundits scratching their heads after last nights near miracle win in New York.

Heading into the game there were more questions than could have possibly been answered about the Jets' offense, mostly regarding the playing time of backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

Last week, Jets owner Woody Johnson came out and said he would like to see more of Tebow on the field, and everyone wondered how that would translate under the lights on Monday Night Football.

Aside from a fake punt run and a 13-yard scamper toward the goal line late in the game, Tebow had little to no impact on the outcome of this contest.

Aside from the Tebow controversy, the Jets had plenty of question marks regarding the rest of the offense. Injuries to receivers Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Dustin Keller lets the Jets with a squad of no-names for quarterback Mark Sanchez to work with.

In fact, the Jets even lined up No. 1 cornerback Antonio Cromartie at wide receiver in the game. He was targeted on a deep pass from Sanchez in the second quarter but failed to make the catch in-bounds, although he did manage to intercept one of Matt Shaub's passes intended for Andre Johnson in the first quarter.

During training camp, Cromartie infamously stated that he was the best receiver on the Jets' roster, a comment that may have come back to haunt him in last night's game.

Surprisingly enough, the Jets' offense didn't look half bad under the circumstances. Going up against the NFL's third ranked defense in terms of yards allowed per game (275.6) Mark Sanchez (14-31, 231 yards, one TD, two INT) looked poised early on under center and was able to connect on a beautiful 27-yard touchdown pass to backup tight end Jeff Cumberland late in the first quarter.

With the exception of Arian Foster, the Jets' defense was able to keep the Texans' offense in check, holding Matt Schaub to only 209 yards passing and one touchdown. Unfortunately, Foster proved to be too much and the Texan's remained the AFCs only unbeaten team after the 23-17 win.

With that, here are Monday's heroes and zeros of the game:

Hero: Arian Foster (29 carries, 156 yards, 1 TD). Is anyone really surprised by this? Foster has been the best running back in the NFL this season having either scored a touchdown or rushed for 100 yards in every game this season.

The Jets had no answer for Foster last night as he was able to run at will against AFCs last ranked rush defense. His 46-yard scamper late in the first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game.

Foster, who leads the NFL in carries, was not limited as he received an impressive 29 carries behind the line of scrimmage. He also added a 16-yard reception off of a broken screen pass.

His 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave the Texans a lead that they would never relinquish. Foster is a special talent and should continue his rushing rampage as his quest for MVP continues.

Zero: Mark Sanchez (14-31, 231 yards, one TD, two INT, three sacks). It's true that Sanchez actually looked good in the first quarter. It was impressive how he went up against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL, surrounded by a receiving corps the nobody's heard of, and stepped up by making big plays.

Sanchez was not afraid to throw the ball, he stepped up in the pocket and took the big hits. You could tell that he was giving it everything he had, and why shouldn't he?

When the most popular player in the NFL is breathing down your neck, when one more false move could potentially end your run as a starter in this league, you need to be confident and take shots to win the game.

Unfortunately, the Texans' defense was too much for Sanchez. He finished the game with two interceptions and three sacks. In his defense, the Texans brought the heat, sending five or more pass rushers on 21 of the Jets' 35 drop backs.

This was their highest percentage (60%) in a game this season. His second interception came late in the fourth quarter as the Jets, down six at the time, were looking for a game-winning drive.

Aside from his interceptions, Sanchez squandered multiple opportunities as a result of batted passes (5), including a wide open touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley in the third quarter. Sanchez finished the game with a total quarterback rating of 10.0.



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