Jets badly outplayed in loss at Pittsburgh

Mark Sanchez is crushed by Lawrence Timmons in the second quarter.

After breezing to a win in the season opener, the Jets came back down to earth in Pittsburgh on Sunday in a 27-10 loss. By the third quarter it never really felt that close. Outside of the opening two series of the game the Jets offense was pathetic and the defense gave up 21 unanswered points from the second quarter to the final whistle.

What went wrong …
1. Not the anointed one

Last week against the Bills, the offense accounted for 34 points while it limited mistakes and made all the right calls. The catalyst was quarterback Mark Sanchez, who threw for 266 yards with three touchdowns and had just a first quarter interception. The headlines hailed his performance. It looked like that would happen again on Sunday as he started the game 4-of-5 for 70 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass on a slant route to Santonio Holmes. That score gave the Jets a 7-3 lead. But then the wheels came off for Sanchez, who completed just six passes for the remainder of the game. His performance will do nothing to quiet those who want to see backup quarterback Tim Tebow under center as the Jets’ starter.

2. Defense looks unbalanced

The Steelers offense scored on four of their first fives drives of the game, but the story here was ball security from Pittsburgh. Much was made of the Jets’ three interceptions last week, but the defense was reactive rather than proactive on Sunday. Pittsburgh didn’t have a single turnover. Yes, the Jets were without their best player, cornerback Darrelle Revis, but this was a systemic issue. A total of 10 different Pittsburgh receivers had a catch on Sunday, with four registering multiple catches. The Jets defense look confused, a major reason why the Steelers held the ball for 13 minutes more than New York.

3. LaRon the liability

A couple times against the Bills, Jets safety LaRon Landry went close to getting whistled on penalties. There was zero tolerance for his hard-hitting ways in Pittsburgh. He got called for a personal foul in the second quarter that set up the Steelers’ first touchdown of the game and a 13-10 lead. Then in the third quarter, he had a 15-yard penalty for a horse collar. The Steelers scored two plays later when Ben Roethlisberger found Mike Wallace down the sideline for a 37-yard touchdown. Landry brings plenty of speed and intimidation to the secondary, but his reputation in Washington for boneheaded plays seems to be following him to New York. Perhaps Eric Smith is the best option when he returns to health.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt fire and resume peace talks, but violence continued unabated.


SpaceX rocket terminated in Texas test flight

A Space Exploration Technologies’ Falcon 9 rocket suffered an anomaly shortly after launch on a test flight, triggering its automatic termination system.


MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…


U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…


Arcade Fire concert review, Massachusetts, Aug. 19

Arcade Fire take the opposite approach of "Shut up and play the hits," and it works in their favor on the "Reflektor" tour.


Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.


Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm


Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.


3 things we learned about the Giants in…

The Giants claimed the Snoopy trophy in a battle of MetLife Stadium tenants Friday night. But more importantly, the offense finally showed some life in…


3 things we learned about the Jets in…

The Jets lost the Snoopy Bowl, 35-24, to the Giants, losing the trophy and local bragging rights.


Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.


Asics is giving away free gear around NYC…

Asics wants to see you on the court - and in the stands for the U.S. Open, which begins Monday - by giving away free…


Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…


Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…


Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…