The Jets were blown out yesterday in Buffalo 37-14. They were outplayed in all facets of the game including being out coached. They once again failed to win two games in a row and dropped back to 5-5. Here is the good, the bad & the ugly:
1) Jets run defense – The Jets once again were stout in stopping the run this time holding the pair of CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson to 25 carries for 40 yards which is an average of 1.6 yards per carry. Wilkerson, Coples, Harrison and Richardson were excellent against the run combining for 33 tackles and three tackles for loss. This is the 2nd consecutive positive game for Quinton Coples as he had two quarterback hits as well as his play against the run. Sheldon Richardson had an amazing play where he read the screen as he was running toward the quarterback then reversed field and was able to tackle Fred Jackson for a loss.
2) No major injuries – The Jets came out of this game relatively healthy except for their pride. Geno Smith was knocked around like a piñata and may have minor chest and right hand injuries. The Jets got Santonio Holmes, Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow back and only Holmes made a major contribution. He had 2 catches for 71 yards which ended up being 70% of the passing yards. The problem is he was targeted 8 times and two of the throws to him were intercepted as Smith locked in on Holmes all day instead of spreading around better. Cumberland had 3 catches for 25 yards and a meaningless touchdown late in the 4th quarter. Winslow had 1 catch for 17 yards on only 1 target and he did not look happy about it.
3) Chris Ivory – Chris Ivory had a good day statistically going for 15 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. He had a 69 yard carry late where he showed great speed and power and for that and his 1 yard touchdown run on a 4th and goal to get the team temporarily within 13 points in the 3rd quarter. Aside from that he had 13 carries for 28 yards which is 2.2 yards per carry. It seems that it was more the offensive line losing the upfront battles than Ivory being off his game.
4) Everyone else in the playoff race lost too except Miami – Baltimore lost at Chicago, Cleveland lost at Cincinnati, San Diego lost at Miami and Tennessee lost at home against the Colts dropping all of those teams to 4-6 a game behind the Jets. Miami’s win ties them with the Jets but since they play each other twice before the end of the season the Jets still control their own destiny but after a day like today the playoffs seem a long way away.