Initial Reaction – Another Primetime Game, Another Jets Blowout

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 34-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins

The New York Jets were embarrassed in primetime for the third time this season, falling to the Miami Dolphins 34-13. After an encouraging opening drive and a competitive first half, the Jets melted down in the second half on offense, defense and special teams. It was a fully comprehensive loss by one of the NFL’s worst teams in front of 10,000 people mostly rooting for the away team. 

Offensively, Bryce Petty was thoroughly mediocre again after a hot start. He finished 20/36 for 235 yards with 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble. 11 of his 20 completions went to running back Bilal Powell. The Jets offensive line nearly got him killed in the 4th quarter (he left due to injury) but he is still struggling with pocket presence and his internal clock overall. He continues to look the part of a backup quarterback and his audition may be cut short now due to injury. He has turned the ball over in every single one of his starts and cannot generate points. If he isn’t healthy, expect Ryan Fitzpatrick (!) to start next week. The Jets aren’t thawing off Christian Hackenberg this year.

Bilal Powell remains one of the few Jets worth saying anything positive about. He racked up 162 yards with 5.3 yards per carry. Robby Anderson had a nice looking first quarter touchdown and finished with 79 yards. Quincy Enunwa had 5 catches for 64 yards. Brandon Marshall, who people keep telling me the Jets can’t consider trading, had 1 catch on 11 targets.

Defensively, it was just another day of Darrelle Revis getting beat by Kenny Stills and no shows from the overrated duo of Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, who combined for 2 tackles and 0 sacks. Rookie Juston Burris was beat for a long touchdown, although he did grab a second half interception. Leonard Williams still showed up along with Rontez Miles and Jordan Jenkins.

On special teams, the Jets remained a joke. They had a punt blocked for a touchdown that opened the game up. They have no return game whatsoever.

Todd Bowles has now been blown out by 20 points or more four times this season, three of which came in primetime. This is a broken roster with a broken coaching staff. The failure and incompetence has been widespread and has the Jets right back to 2014 levels. Fortunately, it will all be over in two games. This remains a team that is hard to root for led by an unlikeable group of overpaid, underperforming players.

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports