Initial Reaction – Not Quite, New York Jets Edged Out 24-17 By Pats

The New York Jets lost a closely contested game 24-17 to the New England Patriots today in a battle that showed the gap between the two teams is not as far as most perceived heading into the season. After jumping out to a 14-0 lead (I looked up Super Bowl tickets, didn’t you?), the Patriots took control of the game with 24 unanswered points before a late Jets charge fell short aided by a horrific call from the officiating crew on an apparent Austin Seferian-Jenkins touchdown. The ASJ call will be the talk of the week but there were other reasons the Jets were unable to win this game. 

Offensively, Josh McCown became the sixth straight quarterback to throw for over 300 yards against New England and made his fair share of plays (31/47, 354 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs). However, he continues to miss or ignore open receivers too frequently, turn the football over too much and not manage the clock well (he burned two timeouts in the third quarter at the line). The Jets aren’t going to win many more games if they keep averaging 17 points each week. There was no running game to speak of, as outside of McCown’s scrambles, the team had 21 carries for 53 yards.

The ball was spread around well in the passing game, as Austin Seferian-Jenkins grabbed another touchdown and 8 receptions. Jeremy Kerley had two monster plays down the field, including a touchdown. Both Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson went over 75 yards. John Morton had a strong early game script but struggled with his play calling in short yardage situations. It remains frustrating to see a sluggish Matt Forte get 17 opportunities (9 carries and 8 targets).

Defensively, we ask this every year but where is the pass rush? Through six games Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson both have zero sacks, which is completely unacceptable. Wilkerson is now well into his second year of underachieving and is on track to be cut after this season so the Jets don’t have to take his cap hit. Williams has been disappointing as well and has not yet taken the next step many anticipated he would this year. Jordan Jenkins? Zero sacks. Zero pressure. Nobody in the linebacker group made any plays today, as New England rushed for 118 yards.

It was the second week in a row that Jamal Adams struggled as well. Rob Gronkowski beat him for a pair of touchdowns and he failed to make any impact plays. Morris Claiborne was solid again on the back end and for the most part, the Jets avoided allowing big plays over the top. Buster Skrine recorded an interception but also dropped a potential pick six. Daryl Roberts continued to hold up well on the outside.

Overall, this was a more than respectable showing from the Jets who will have the opportunity to sweep the Miami Dolphins if they can win on the road next week. It is going to be interesting to see how long this team can hover around .500. It may end up being longer than was commonly anticipated.

Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com 

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 VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Daren Toppin

    Fair synopsis, Joe. The overturned call was hot garbage, but the Jets really lost that game in the 1st half. Jets need to figure out short yardage plays and should have tried some draw plays or screens on their last drive in the 1st half and 2nd half. Instead we get a too many passes and crucial pick that led to the tying touchdown. Two more thoughts. They need to use ASJ like the patriots use gronk, 2 any short routes with him.. Also, the lack of pass rush is very disconcerting. We have not had a true pass rusher since John Abraham…

  • glegly

    Clock management, clock management, clock management. Why, with a few min left in the 1H, were they rushing down field, when you had the Golden Boy waiting on the other side of the field? Think of this: with 3 min left in the 1H and up 14-7, the NYJ had 3 separate drives (really, 2), and combined generated only 20 yards of offense and took less than 2 min off the clock. What did the Pats do? Missed a FG and scored a TD to completely swing the momentum back to them. We’ve seen that movie too many times to not know it was coming. Or, the NYJ could’ve eaten clock, and been happy trying for a FG as they went into the half up by at least a TD. Clock management, clock management, clock management.

  • Paulie Meatballs

    Should have kept Snacks instead of Mo