Rams vs Jets: Top 5 takeaways from Week 10 matchup
By Jason Rodriguez
For the second week in a row, the New York Jets showed no fight to come back and win against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10. The Rams vs Jets matchup was a complete snoozefest.
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. The Rams defeated the Jets 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Week 10 showed the New York Jets taking a huge step back to salvage their season as they lost to the Los Angeles Rams, 9-6. Once again, like in their previous losing streak, the Jets started off slow and were outplayed. This Rams vs Jets game left many fans wondering if Gang Green wanted a win bad enough.
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The Jets offense once again couldn’t cash in when it was necessary and didn’t come away with points most of the time. The offense struggled and caused the defense to play more that they have been.
With the loss, the Jets fall to 3-7 and finally head into their bye week before taking on the New England Patriots. They must think of what they are going to do for the rest of the season since now they are pretty much out of the NFL Playoff picture.
The Jets organization needs to let the younger players play and see what they have. The coaching staff needs to gain the trust of the team back because they have lost it from the players. Let’s take a deeper look and breakdown the top five takeaways from this Week 10 matchup.
Next: 5. Jets defense played well enough to win the game
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) is defended by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Rams defeated the Jets 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
5. Jets defense played well enough to win the game
After struggling last week, the Jets defense stepped up in a big way to help the team stay in the game. They were able to make key stops and make the game stay within reach.
With putting pressure on quarterback Case Keenum, the Jets defense caused him to be sacked three times. The defense gave up 125 yards in rushing most in the second half, and 165 yards in passing.
Once again they stepped up but were unable to deliver when it needed to count the most. They just wore out at the end and were unable to deliver.
They need to use their speed and agility because they could cause major problems against any of their opponents left on the schedule. They need to execute in two weeks against the Patriots to spoil their season.
Next: 4. Offensive play calling once again a huge problem
4. Offensive play calling once again a huge problem
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey really needs to change his play calling because it was not working once again. He seems to trust certain plays because you see the same plays being called over and over and you wonder what the team is thinking. It hasn’t worked then and it won’t work again now.
Instead of trying to pass the football or trying to do screen plays maybe they should do more cross and vertical passes. Instead of trying to go for the big play, Gailey should try the basics with Petty under center and use plays that have been successful for the games they won this season.
They had called many plays where as a fan you continue to shake your head in wondering why they continue to call them. They need to get everyone involved because they focus on the same player over and over again.
Not executing the plays that are called is hurting them a lot this season. It seems that the offense Gailey has been running is not working at all for the Jets. Gailey needs to be released at the end of the season and bring in someone new with a better offensive scheme.
Next: 3. The big time wide receivers were a no show
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) catches a pass as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (32) defends at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
3. The big time wide receivers were a no show
The Jets big time wide receiver core of Quincy Enunwa and Brandon Marshall did not show up today when their number was called. These two players combined for a total of 22 yards of the 296 yards in total offense.
Enunwa and Marshall were quiet this week and they didn’t rise to the occasion. The longest passing catch was a seven-yard catch by Enunwa early on in the game.
It hurts to not have Eric Decker to help open up the offense but it is no excuse for their performance. They will need to step up for the game against the Patriots in two weeks.
They need to be more physical for the rest of the season to help the team try to get some wins. It is time to stop playing the blame game and just do their jobs and be the leaders for the younger guys at the wide receiver position.
Next: 2. Matt Forte and Bilal Powell need to have the ball more
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) scores on a four-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
2. Matt Forte and Bilal Powell need to have the ball more
Forte has been a reliable and successful running back throughout his entire career. The Jets now need to take advantage of this and utilize the success they have had in the wins they received this season.
For not using Forte and Powell the way they should be using them, they could have won Sunday’s game. If they don’t use the running game as much then it makes the Jets offense one dimensional.
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Forte was not used the way they should have been using him and it made the offense easy to predict. Forte had a total of 98 rushing yards and 11 yards in passing yards.
They need to be more physical up front for the rest of the season especially in two weeks. They could be a two-headed monster if they are utilized the right way.
If they use the running game more it will wear out an opposing defense which will allow the Jets to open the offense up. With a balanced offense, they could make defenses frustrated and have a better shot at winning.
Next: 1. Jets offensive line falters once again
1. Jets offensive line falters once again
Once again the Jets offensive line didn’t get any penetration to drive back the opposing defenders. They aren’t being smart in who needs to block who and when a blitz is happening at some point.
The offensive line was not able to contain the Rams defensive pressure which allowed them to cash in on the Jets mental mistakes. Some penalties they obtained hurt a lot of the drives that were doing good.
They weren’t able to keep blitzes from coming at quarterback Bryce Petty which almost got him put in a position to possibly get hurt. They also couldn’t contain themselves from not showing their frustration.
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At least they are entering a bye next week so they will be able to rest up and be healthy when they go up against the Patriots. The offensive line will need to be on point because the Patriots have a very good defense that could turn their matchup into a nightmare event.