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You Surely Scored More Than the Jets This Weekend

Yikes.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but we here at New York hope that you are able to hang on to at least a modicum of perverse fascination with the Tim Tebow–Mark Sanchez quarterback "controversy" at least for the next seven days, hopefully eight, depending on which borough you received your magazine subscription. We can certainly understand if that's not particularly easy to do right now.

So, it's preseason, it's exhibition, one shouldn't lose one's mind about this too much, but as for right now, the only real question about the Jets quarterbacks is which one stinks worse. The Jets lost their third exhibition game 17-12 last night to the Carolina Panthers, and they failed to score a touchdown again. They're now the first NFL team in 35 years to fail to score a touchdown in their first three preseason games. That's, uh, not the start one might hope for.

The sad part about this — or maybe this is the hopeful part? — is that Sanchez and Tebow themselves weren't all that terrible, or at least weren't the primary reason everything fell apart. The Jets had a ton of receiver drops, and penalties, and just all sorts of ugliness. No touchdowns: not good. Sanchez has a theory about this all, though, don't worry. "The way I see it, we're saving all of our good stuff for the regular season," he said. (The papers this morning are claiming he said this "smugly," or "sarcastically." We would go with "wryly." He said it "wryly.")

The Jets have one more preseason game, Thursday night in Philadelphia against the Eagles. The final exhibition game is typically the one in which the starters play the least, because it's the one everyone's just trying to get through without having everyone hurt. But it would be nice to see the Jets score a touchdown. Any touchdown. Unless they really are saving it all for the Bills. That would be a neat trick.

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