The New York Jets did a lot well but certainly weren’t flawless against the Buffalo Bills. Let’s take a look at their Week 2 report card.
The New York Jets went into their Week 2 matchup against the Buffalo Bills on the heels of a very tough 1 point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. The Jets touched down in Buffalo Thursday evening and were able to eek out a 37-31 win on a short week of preparation. Let’s look at the two main positives in their offense and coaching.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was excellent throwing for 374 yards including a touchdown pass. Running back Matt Forte was impressive as he carried the ball 30 times for 100 yards and three touchdowns.
As good as Brandon Marshall is, unfortunately, he is good for a key drop per game and did have one during this game. I can’t debate his toughness and heart for continuing to play after that scary injury, but to be an elite receiver you need to make key elite catches. Marshall seems to have one key drop every week. Luckily this week it didn’t cost the Jets the game.
Wide receiver Jalin Marshall fumbling the football also brings down the offensive grade. In fairness to Marshall, that “fumble” could have been ruled an incomplete pass since there really was no football move, and just three days prior the NFL had no problem taking away a fumble recovery for the Washington Redskins when cornerback Josh Norman stripped wide receiver, Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the catch rule is subject to change from play to play in the NFL it seems.
Also on offense, the first two drives ended with “cute” shovel passes. Sure you can argue that if those plays fooled the defense than they are great calls, but when those type of plays don’t work, they fail miserably, and when the team is driving the ball down the field, they are not necessary.
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In Week 17 last season and Week 1 as well, cornerback Darrelle Revis was beaten badly.
Instead of giving him assistance the coaching staff seems to be refusing to give him help.
Not that Revis can’t still be a quality cornerback because he can be.
It’s just that the time has come where we can get off of Revis Island, and possibly start the transition into making him more into a good solid zone cornerback.
The days of him playing 1 on 1 defense against the NFL’s best wide receivers are behind him.
Overall the team did a good job. These Thursday Night Football games are ridiculous in the first place and generally, produce mediocre football games. So like the old adage goes, “a win is a win”. The win may have been ugly, but there is no category for style points. Hopefully, the Jets can get some of their glaring issues fixed and be ready for a tough road game at Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs.