It was a close one but the New York Jets gave it their all and ultimately fell short to the New England Patriots in Week 6.
In a year that was supposed to be filled with failures and competing for the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Jets found themselves toe to toe with the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Week 6. Unfortunately, thanks to a bundle of mistakes and a terrible call by the officials, the Jets came up on the short end of the stick 24-17, ending their three-game winning streak and knocking them out of first place.
The Jets came out flying, scoring on their first possession and then adding another touchdown early in the second quarter when Jeremy Kerley got behind the Pats secondary and burned Malcolm Butler for a 30-yard score. The crowd at MetLife stadium was rocking and the Jets had all the momentum in the world with looks of astonishment all across the faces of the Patriots.
It was New England however that took advantage of a Josh McCown turnover late in the first half as Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski in the closing seconds to tie the score heading into halftime. The Patriots came out strong to start the third putting up seven on their first drive and intercepting McCown on fourth and one. The Jets appeared to be back in the game when Austin Seferian-Jenkins dove into the end zone to what initially brought the Jets back within four.
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However, after a lengthy review by the officials, the ball was ruled to be fumbled and never again gained possession of by Seferian-Jenkins resulting in a touchback and a loss of possession for the Jets. It seemed to take any jolt there was left out of Gang Green, and a call that was questioned by many put New England right back in the driver’s seat.
The Jets added a field goal late but turned the ball over on downs in the final minute to seal their feat and even up their record at 3-3. While it was a frustrating loss for the Jets, they battled the Patriots right down to the wire and showed plenty of heart and grit throughout. While there are no moral victories in sports, the Jets showed everybody that they are not the laughing stock that everybody made them out to be this summer.
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The offense continued to show progress lead by Seferian-Jenkins who has proven to be worth the risk so far. The Jets now have another tough divisional opponent ahead as they will travel to Miami to face the rejuvenated Dolphins. If the Jets want to get back to their winning ways, they must cut down on the turnovers and mistakes from their Week 6 loss.