The New York Jets hit rock bottom today with a 9-6 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams. There isn’t much to say about this one because not much happened in Bryce Petty’s first career start. The team now mercilessly heads into a bye week before a less than enticing match-up against the New England Patriots.
Defensively, the Jets basically did their job. Los Angeles scored 9 points, although 6 did come in the second half, as the Jets began to struggle defending the run a little more. However, there was still no forced turnovers and it was frustrating to watch Kenny Britt have his way with Darrelle Revis for most of the afternoon. The Jets can play stout defense still from time to time but don’t make enough plays to help compensate for a terrible offense.
On special teams, the Jets lost again. Nick Folk missed an extra point. Lachlan Edwards was consistently average to below average in a game that punting mattered way too much in. The jets return game remains non existent. Jalin Marshall is a terrible punt return who adds no explosiveness and regularly drops the ball. CJ Spiller is a non factor as a kick returner. The Jets never win the field position battle.
Offensively, Bryce Petty was competent in the first half, including a good looking deep ball to Robby Anderson and driving the Jets 99 yards for their only touchdown of the day. He did miss Anderson on a should have been 70 yard touchdown later in the half though. In the second half, he began missing more throws, culminating with a game ending interception. Overall, it was a forgettable 19/32, 163 yard performance that did nothing to show his value long term to this team. Regardless, the Jets are better off sticking with a young quarterback who is mediocre than going back to an old quarterback who is the worst in the NFL and will not be here next year.
There is not much else to say. This is a bad football team, who is going to struggle to win many more games. There may not be a good answer to the quarterback question on this roster, which means Mike Maccagnan’s seat is going to heat up alongside Todd Bowles, who watched his staff have another forgettable day. The Jets coached too conservatively around Petty and again showed questionable clock management.
The good news? It is the bye week. You get two weeks without Jets football before having to watch them play the best team in the NFL.