Thoughts on Jets loss

By Marc A. Greenberg

With a home game against the 6-6 Miami Dolphins, the Jets need to erase what happened last night, and quickly.

At 9-3, the Jets have a 3 game lead in the Wild Card with 4 to play, so it’s not unrealistic to think that the Jets are getting in the playoffs; the issue is how tough they are going to make it on themselves.  With a one game lead over the Ravens (8-4) for the first wild card spot, the fight is on to see who will have the tougher road in the playoffs (provided the Jets can’t catch New England for the division title).

Rich Cimini of ESPN NY provided the following quick thoughts:

  • Patriots QB Tom Brady threw 29 passes without an interception, bringing his streak to 228. He won his 26th straight regular-season home game, setting a new league mark.
  • The Patriots’ 42-point win was the fifth-largest margin of victory in franchise history. 
  • The 42-point defeat tied for the second-most lopsided in Jets history. On Nov. 24, 1986, they lost at the Miami Dolphins, 45-3. On Sept. 9, 1979, they fell to the Patriots, 56-3. 
  • The Jets reported only one injury — S James Ihedigbo (ankle). He didn’t return to the game, but it’s not believed to be a serious injury. LB David Harris and OLB Jason Taylor had undisclosed injuries during the game, but returned to action. Sanchez was knocked woozy and was examined by trainers on the bench, but he claimed it was “nothing serious.” 
  • Looking for a positive? The Jets’ blitz, quiet in recent weeks, generated three sacks — Ihedigbo, Harris and S Eric Smith. Then again, the Jets got burned in a blitz on Deion Branch’s 25-yard touchdown receptions. \
  • Steve Weatherford had an awful day, averaging 30.7 yards on three punts. A 12-yard shank set up a New England touchdown.