The New York Jets heard it all during the offseason after they let go of some of their top talent to shed some salary. At the time, the team was accused of tanking for the top pick in the draft. The fact that they lost their first two games of the season didn’t help much either, but the team finally started putting things together and reeled off three consecutive wins.
The winning streak put the Jets in a tie for first place in the AFC East, which made their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium one of the biggest games of the young season. After their performance against the Patriots, the NY Jets odds for week 7 will be very favorable to the Jets.
The Jets showed they were for real against the Patriots, and jumped to a 14-0 lead. Their defense smothered the Patriots offense early in the game that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady resulted in cursing at himself in frustration.
Since they have more talent than the Jets, the Patriots were able to mount a comeback and eventually took the lead.
After taking the Patriots’ best shot, the Jets charged back in the game and looked like they were going to win the game before getting screwed out of a touchdown by what has to be the worst call by a referee so far this season.
In the fourth quarter, Austin Seferian-Jenkins appeared to score a touchdown that would have put the Jets in a good position to win the game. After the side judge closest to the play had ruled it a touchdown, the replay official changed the call and called it a touchback, giving the Patriots the ball back.
The official called the play a touch back because according to him, Seferian-Jackson lost control of the ball as he crossed the plane and was out of bounds when he regained control, making the play a fumble instead of a touchdown.
However, the replay showed that while Malcolm Butler punched the ball as Seferian-Jackson crossed the plane, the tight end was able to control the ball before hitting the ground, which meant the original call was the right one.
Also, even if Serefian-Jackson was down by contact, the Jets should have be given the ball at the one yard line, which would have given them another opportunity to score.
Even two former NFL heads of officiating, Dean Blandino and Mike Pereira said the touchdown should have stood as called.
Interestingly, the controversial call wasn’t what changed the outcome of the game. Late in the first half, Rob Gronkowski scored a touchdown that shouldn’t have been allowed because he committed an offensive pass interference on the play.
If the right call had been made, the Patriots would have been penalized 10 yards and it would have been a 1st and 10 from the 12 yard line instead of a second and goal from the 2 yard line.
If the right call had been made, the Jets would have gone into the half with a 14-10 lead over the Patriots, which would have changed the complexion of the game.