The New York Jets found another way to lose, falling 30-24 in overtime to the Minnesota Vikings. Burned again on the blitz and by poor tackling, Jarius Wright took a screen pass 87 yards for the game winning touchdown. They are now 2-11 and looking very much like a team who will be picking in the top 5 this May. Today wasn’t an awful effort but turnovers, red zone failures and defensive breakdowns did the Jets in once again.
Geno Smith started the day off with a brutal pick six but settled down after to play a good game. He finished 18/29 for 254 yards with a TD and 33 rushing yards, repeatedly escaping the Vikings pass rush, which beat on D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Jeff Cumberland in particular. Percy Harvin had a monster day finishing with 6 receptions for 124 yards and 109 kick return yards on 4 attempts. Unfortunately, he left with an ankle injury and it sounds doubtful that he will be ready to play next week. Eric Decker had a nice game opposite of Harvin, finishing with 6 receptions of his own for 90 yards.The Jets struggles in the redzone remained present. Chris Ivory lost his first fumble in over two years, tainting an otherwise strong effort (73 rushing yards on 16 carries). Cumberland ran a poor route and dropped a potential touchdown from Smith on another redzone trip. In the fourth quarter, a third down attempt for Decker was batted down at the line on a play he would have walked into the endzone on. The Jets moved the ball well all day but settled for five Nick Folk field goals and when you are kicking that many field goals, you aren’t going to win many games.
Defensively, Sheldon Richardson was spectacular. Lost in the trash heap of this season is just how good Richardson truly is. He has followed up his Defensive Rookie of the Year campaign with an even better sophomore season. Richardson had 7 tackles, 3 sacks, including one for a safety. 6.5 sacks through 13 games from Richardson’s position in this defense is something else. Outside of that, Teddy Bridgewater carved up the Jets for over 300 yards. He repeatedly beat the Jets blitz and took advantage of their poor secondary which was regularly left on an island. Darrin Walls, Jaiquawn Jarrett and Marcus WIlliams all had tough days, missing tackles and blowing coverages. We did see more of Calvin Pryor, who started over Dawan Landry and seemed to hold his own but didn’t make any impact plays.
This game featured many of the Jets go to classics. A Kyle Wilson third down holding penalty. A WIllie Colon holding penalty. The Jets entering the fourth quarter with only one timeout. It was just another loss for a team who is tumbling toward one of the worst seasons in franchise history.