The New York Jets had a chance in primetime to have a season changing performance against the New England Patriots. They could pull of an upset and legitimately position themselves to make an interesting run over October and November. They could trade punches with the best team in the league, hang around and show they turned a corner, even in a competitive loss. They could come out, hang for a bit but ultimately run out of steam against a more talented roster…none of that happened. The Jets got beat down. Sonny and Carlo beat down… in primetime, in their building. 33-0.
Sam Darnold played the worst game of his NFL career. PROCEED WITH CAUTION, finishing (PROCEED WITH CAUTION) 11/32, 86 yards, 4 interceptions and 1 lost fumble (and a safety on a high snap). He also made himself go viral be admitting he was “seeing ghosts” while mic’d up. Darnold is a young quarterback who is likely to continue trading good and bad (or really, really bad) performances over his first season of starts. Remember, this was only his 16th career game. We have seen a similar roller coaster from other young quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen and Daniel Jones…let’s not throw in the towel on Darnold, no matter how ugly it was tonight. He will bounce back against less talented defenses and hopefully use tonight as a learning experience. He is not ready yet to compete with a potentially historically good defense…unfortunately, not even close.
Darnold was not supported by a no show performance from his offense live, who doesn’t only lack talent but looks like they have not been coached a day in their life. It is a unit filled with miscommunications, free rushers and zero adjustments. The rest of the supporting cast, outside of Le’Voen Bell, was equally disappointing. Robby Anderson was back on a milk carton (10 yards) and there was an inordinate amount of Demaryius Thomas targets (9) which netted 42 receiving yards.
Adam Gase and his coaching staff were who we thought they were tonight. Their team look unprepared and were immediately clowned off the field en route to a 17-0 first quarter deficit. The offense had no plan for the Patriots blitz scheme. The defense was smacked around and out schemed when it mattered. They made zero plays of consequence when the game was “in question” and only managed a garbage time second half turnover off a deflected pass. They recorded zero sacks tonight and allowed 3 rushing touchdowns to Sony Michel.
Trumaine Johnson was as bad as ever (where is Nate Hairston?). CJ Mosley is clearly not 100%. Blake Cashman looked unplayable tonight and we are now six games into the season with zero combined sacks for Leonard Williams, Quinnen Williams and Henry Anderson.
The Jets schedule does begin getting softer now, although I wouldn’t sleep on Jacksonville next week. Unfortunately, they have put themselves into a massive 1-5 hole with 3 division losses and 4 conference losses. The Patriots have swept them 4 years in a row and they have not exceeded a .500 record in the AFC East for 9 year straight years now. The Jets have 0 touchdowns over their past 6 quarters and 3 total points. You can’t blame Luke Falk for that.
Even if the Jets can stack a few wins against teams trying to lose games like Miami, Washington and Cincinnati, does it matter if they can’t even look like they belong on the same field with a team like the Patriots? It is one thing to lose. It is another to be humiliated.