It wasn’t awful. It wasn’t ugly but it just wasn’t good enough. The New York Jets lost 31-20 to the New England Patriots today in a game where both sides of the football took turns letting the whole team down.
The offense came out of the gates slow and the defense was too soft against the run, leading to a 10-0 hole. Both sides battled back to get the score to 17-14. However, after a few stops by the defense in the third quarter, the offense had a pair of killer three and outs. The defense finally bent, 27-17 New England. Of course the offense then woke up with a touchdown, setting the defense up with one stop giving them a chance to go for the win but the defense let Ben Jarvus-Green Ellis run the ball down their throat to expire the clock. Bad job by both sides. The reality is that the defense is slightly above average and inconsistent, far from being one the league’s best. The offense took steps forward today but remains thoroughly mediocre.This season isn’t a lost cause and there were encouraging signs today, namely Shonn Greene, Jeremy Kerley and Jamaal Westerman. However, the Jets are a cut below New England and Buffalo right now. The Jets absolutely must win their upcoming home games against Miami and San Diego heading into their bye week and then regroup for a road game against Buffalo and New England at home on Monday night. If they can win the next two weeks, they will have a chance to make themselves relevant in the AFC East in the middle of the season.
Right now, it is about finding some type of balance on offense and getting some consistency on defense. It is good to be coming home to Miami but don’t write off the Dolphins who have a way of playing above their heads against the Jets.
0-3 on the road trip…not pretty.
Also, hey Derrick Mason, Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes…we hear your criticisms of Brian Schottenheimer but don’t complain and then drop passes. Mason may have also talked himself out of a job as there are rumors he could be cut and Jeremy Kerley looked better today than Mason had all season.