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Keller: We should put up 28-35 points every week

Tight end Dustin Keller had two touchdown catches

Tight end Dustin Keller had two touchdown catches Sunday night as the Jets gave Miami's defense all it could handle. (Sept. 26, 2010) Photo Credit: MCT

The Jets' offense has been off the charts since that season-opening stinker against the Ravens, churning out the yards and points.

They've averaged 32.2 points and 394 yards a game during their three-game winning streak, numbers that could climb higher with Santonio Holmes back in the mix after his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. QB Mark Sanchez has eight touchdown tosses with no interceptions and boasts a quarterback rating of 105.3 -- the third-highest in the NFL.

Sunday's 38-14 destruction of the Bills was just the latest offensive explosion on the heels of successive victories over the Patriots and Dolphins.

"I think the last couple of weeks have been really good," TE Dustin Keller told me. "As long as we can keep that up, and he (Sanchez) just keeps all of his receivers in the mix -- we get Santonio back, that's going to be a serious weapon for us -- there's no reason why we can’t put up 28, 30, 35 points on the board every week."

Especially with the defense having to pick and choose what part of the Jets' offense it prefers to key on. More plays like Braylon Edwards' 41-yard touchdown reception against the Bills Sunday could become more of the norm -- well, not specifically the cornerback slipping and embarrassing himself, a la Leodis McKelvin.

Keller's matchup problems may cause the defense to shift their focus to him in the middle of the field, opening up things for the likes of Holmes or Edwards on the outside, or whomever is in the slot at wide receiver, whether that's Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith or Holmes.

"Say that you are getting a one-on-one matchup with a linebacker, beat him; safety, beat him," Keller said, "and then you are starting to get bracketed, you may catch a pass here and there off of that. Then guys are just really overplaying you, and then finally Jerricho or Braylon or Santonio get a one-on-one matchup on the outside. My money is on them every single time.

"And just to know that your part -- you drew so much attention from the defense, you gave them an even better chance to be successful on that play -- that's most definitely gratifying."

Just as it's been to finally have the same QB for a second straight year. Remember, he started out catching passes from Chad Pennington after he was drafted in the first round in 2008. But the Jets made that move to bring in the guy who returns to town with the Vikings on Monday, causing Keller to build a new chemistry with him.

Then heading into training camp a season ago, there was that battle between Kellen Clemens and Sanchez.

"So I don't know who my quarterback is going to be between Sanchez and Kellen Clemens," Keller said. "So we were just trying to go trough training camp, and I've been taking reps all summer and all camp with Kellen. Then, the third preseason game, they announce Sanchez is our starter. It's like, 'OK, start all over from square one all over again.' So everything I did my rookie year and everything through training camp, it didn't matter.

"We didn't have any type of history together. We just had to start from square one, and that was in season that we had to do it. So that's why I think it took us so long to get in snyc with each other."

And it's finally paying off.

"We wanted it to carry into this season," Keller said, "and for the most part, with the exception of the Ravens game, it has."


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