Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/23/12

The regular season hasn't started but there are many people calling the Jets an utter failure.

The team hasn't scored, the quarterbacks haven't thrown a touchdown pass, and Rex Ryan's team is 0-2 after being blown out by the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. 

The perception of the team can all change after Sunday's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers if they win, but the most important thing the team needs are touchdowns.

Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow have been gravely struggling this preseason. Sanchez has a lackluster 61.6 efficiency rating over 17 preseason passing attempts, and Tebow  completed just 9-of-22 passes.

The passing yards have been dreadful. Tebow has only 96 while Sanchez has 80. But for all the focus on the quarterback's struggles, there are more problems. All of the starting wide receivers have injuries including the team's controversial captain, Santonio Holmes.

The offensive line has been less productive in quarterback protection. Sanchez has been sacked five times with Tebow clode behind with four. So this goes way beyond the starting quarterback and the star backup.

They now face a team that has Cam Newton, who had the best rookie season in NFL history. Again this is the preseason and a win can give the Jets a big confidence boost heading into the regular season in two weeks but the main objective is to score Sunday because if they don't there will be plenty of Giants fans asking, "Who's the best team in town now?"     

 

 



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