Initial Reaction – Tank Kings: Jets Choke Away Huge Lead For 6th Straight Loss

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets 26-22 loss to the Tennessee Titans

The New York Jets lost their sixth straight game of the season today to the Tennessee Titans 26-22. Despite running out to a 13-0 lead, their defense wilted in the second half and allowed a game winning touchdown in the final minute. Offensively they were completely inept as their only touchdown came on a pick six from Trumaine Johnson in the first quarter. They settled for five field goals and have now scored a grand total of six offensive touchdowns in their past 7 games…a staggeringly low number. Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan have now dropped to 23-37 overall during their four seasons in New York and have officially clinched being under .500 for the third year in a row.

Josh McCown is now 0-3 as a starter with 1 touchdown to 4 interceptions for those who thought starting him from week was a wise move. Today he was 17/30 for 128 yards with an interception and a putrid 4.3 YPA. Isaiah Crowell had 25 touches on offense today for 107 total yards, while Elijah McGuire, Trenton Cannon, Quincy Enunwa and Chris Herndon only combined for 16 touches. Jeremy Bates continued to call plays like somebody who blindly stumbled into the game of football for the first time 12 hours ago. The Jets were incompetent and unimaginative on third downs and hapless in the red zone, per usual.

Robby Anderson had one of his “better” games with 4 receptions for 48 yards and Herndon looked good when targeted (32 yards on 2 catches and had another 20 yard catch called back). The offensive line allowed 2 sacks and was hammered with penalties throughout the game. Quincy Enunwa had a quiet afternoon with only 2 receptions on 6 targets for 9 yards. Andre Roberts played on offense ahead of Deontay Burnett who was active, while Rishard Matthews was inactive again.

Defensively, the Jets were okay but again did not show up when it mattered most. Outside of his pick six, Johnson allowed a few plays down the field to and missed a tackle on the game winning touchdown. Morris Claiborne was also beat down down the field multiple times and called for a penalty in the end zone. Daryl Roberts struggled at safety…likely because he is not a safety. Rashard Robinson was beat on the game’s final drive when he was brought in for an injured Claiborne.

Jamal Adams and Darron Lee both played strong games today, combining for 19 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFLs .Jordan Jenkins recorded his 6th sack of the season, which leads the team and is quietly having a solid season. Leonard Williams had another milk carton game with 1 tackle and 0 sacks for the 7th straight game and also put forth this effort on Derrick Henry’s second half touchdown.

The one bright spot, and one that has been for the entire season, was the Jets special teams which blocked a punt, blocked a PAT, made five field goals and had a big kick return from Andre Roberts. So there’s that!

The good news is with a Cardinals, Giants and Jaguars win, the Jets draft status improved considerably. As it stands today, they’d pick 3rd and are only one game behind the Raiders/49ers for the top pick. With four games remaining, two of which are on the road and two of which are against division leaders, 3-13 is not out of the question.

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