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Jets Win Participation Certificate, Lose Game

Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets looks on against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

It says pretty much all you need to know about the current state of the New York Jets that they lost at home on Monday Night Football last night, with Mark Sanchez hitting on less than 50 percent of his passes again and tossing two interceptions, including a brutal one late ... and all anyone can talk about this morning is "Hey, the Jets didn't quit! That game was vaguely close! Sort of!"

The Houston Texans raised their record to 5-0 with a 23-17 win over the Jets in East Rutherford last night, and that your first reaction to the Jets losing at home to fall under .500 is "that score doesn't look too bad" is a great sign of how bad things are. The Jets defense is the reason the game was that "close," and even that score is misleading; the Jets needed a kickoff return touchdown from Joe McKnight to notch one of their two touchdowns.

The Jets defense was somewhat impressive, we suppose, but as usual, it didn't matter because the offense was so poor. Sanchez, according to ESPN, "did enough to keep his job for the immediate future," which would be the worst endorsement for any other profession than "Jets quarterback." (At that job, it's basically a gold star.) He still was wildly inaccurate and threw an interception on the Jets' final drive that secured the loss. The interception wasn't entirely his fault — tight end Jeff Cumberland probably could have caught the ball — but it didn't matter, and all anyone will remember is that Sanchez couldn't bring them a win.

(Oh, and Tim Tebow got in for a few plays, including a fake punt that worked and a longish pass that didn't. There's your Tebow update. Still just a feller.)

One can take some positives from this Jets loss, but we're not sure why that matters. They're 2-3, they're still ravaged by injuries, and they're still lacking a quarterback who can complete half his passes, seemingly ever. They play Sunday at home against a suddenly hot Indianapolis team. If they lose that one, their third home loss in a row, then no one will be passing out anymore perfect-attendance medals. The Jets had one game where they received a slight bit of credit for playing slightly better than people thought they would. That won't happen again. It's sad that it's happening once.

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