Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/31/12

The New York Jets finally scored a touchdown in their fourth and last preseason game.

After three poor offensive outings it looked as though the Jets may have to rely on defensive fumble recoveries or pick-sixes to put points on the board.

However, the third-string offense did make it in to the end zone.

Quarterback Greg McElroy threw a six-yard pass to running back Terrence Ganaway who crossed over into the promised land.

While that is a positive development, the Jets still lost the game 28-10 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Neither of the Jets' two main quarterbacks, Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow, played in this loss.

Head Coach Rex Ryan decided to let them rest and unveil the full Jets' offensive playbook in their regular season opener September 9th when they host the Buffalo Bills.

Overall the Jets' offense has looked anemic, though Sanchez did show some slight improvement in his third preseason game, a 17-12 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Panthers. He more than doubled his passing yardage from their loss the previous week, finishing 11 of 18 for 123 yards.

Yet he threw for one interception and of course, no touchdowns.

Backup Tebow's stats were even less to write home about. Tebow ended the game with 55 yards on 4 of 14 passing.

One bright spot for Tebow was the rushing effort, where he gained 45 yards on five carries. Like Sanchez, he also threw for one interception and zero touchdowns.

So far the Jets' offense can be described as lackluster. Lethargic. Will we be adding laughingstock to the list?

I don't think so. I think Tebow will be a big factor. Just as he did last season in Denver, I think Tebow's competitive nature and sheer force of will may keep the Jets close in a lot of games. It probably won't look pretty, but if you can pull out a close victory, any win is still a win.

Plus Tebow is known for being a poor practice player. Preseason is just one step above practice. When it counts, Tebow finds a way to rise to the occasion.

Can he pull off as many miraculous victories as he did in Denver? Probably not, but the spark that he provides to the offense during the regular season may be enough to keep them in the wild card playoff hunt.

If I'm wrong, the New York media will run Sanchez, Tebow and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano all out of town. And the team may be looking to defensive stars like Darrelle Revis for their offense, hoping a few pick-sixes allow them to hit pay dirt.

 



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