Initial Reaction – Ugly First Half Dooms Jets in 24-17 Loss

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets first loss of the season, 24-17 to the Philadelphia Eagles

The New York Jets suffered their first loss of the season today to the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-17 thanks primarily to an ugly first half which saw them fall behind 24-0. There were multiple culprits today as in any loss but it was frustrating to see how winnable this game was despite all of the Jets errors. If there is a game to lose, it is to an out of conference opponent but the Jets will need to clean their act up in 7 days before a critical division game against the Miami Dolphins.

Offensively, we got bad Ryan Fitzpatrick today. He completed 35 passes for only 283 yards, three three interceptions, had a few more dropped and missed multiple open receivers on deep routes, specifically Devin Smith. The Jets didn’t help him out by having him attempt 58 passes thanks to an anemic running game that badly missed Chris Ivory and saw a sluggish offensive line effort, particularly after Willie Colon left with an injury. The absence of Eric Decker certainly hurt despite competent efforts from Jeremy Kerley, Quincy Enunwa and Smith but overall Fitzpatrick needs to play better football when defenses load up the box and dare him to throw deep.

Brandon Marshall has been an absolute monster since coming to New York and he added another 10 catches for 109 yards and his third touchdown, however he made one of the dumbest plays this football fan has ever seen today. Who attempts a lateral? I understand trying to make a play but there was no excuse for handing the ball away like that.

The Jets offense just wasn’t good enough today. Right now, they aren’t ready or consistent enough at quarterback to compensate for the absence of Decker and Ivory at the same time.

Defensively, the Jets did their job. They weren’t spectacular like they were the first two weeks and only forced one turnover but they blanked the Eagles in the second half, only allowed 17 total points with 7 coming on a short field after a turnover and held Sam Bradford to 118 yards passing. It was a tough day for Demario Davis who was victimized on a wheel route and routinely taken advantage of on the Eagles sweep play. Ultimately it doesn’t matter what unit gets the most “blame” but today was not on the defense.

On special teams, the whole league knows how explosive Darren Sproles is. You need to kick away from him and wrap up. The Jets failed to do both and it may have been the difference in this game. It was a let down performance from the Jets coaching staff because of how flat the team came out, despite quality second half adjustments.

Overall, the team wasn’t going 16-0 (shocking, I know). This was a frustrating game to lose because it was there for the taking. The Jets now face the challenge of flying to London for a divisional game but a victory there would equal 3-1 heading into the bye, 3-0 in the AFC and give them a needed chance to get healthy.

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 EVP of Content at Whistle Sports