Jets vs. Buccaneers: A painful reminder
By Carson Hathaway
The New York Jets failed to show up when they needed to and blew an opportunity to make some serious noise this season. Their latest lost is a painful reminder of reality sinking in.
The New York Jets entered Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the unusual expectation of most expecting Gang Green to win. The Buccaneers were 2-6 with a five-game losing streak. If that’s not bad enough, they were without their starting QB Jameis Winston and star WR Mike Evans. If all of that isn’t bad enough, they were starting Ryan Fitzpatrick. If you’re uncertain about Fitzpatrick, just ask anyone who watched the Jets last season.
With a win on Sunday, the Jets would have entered their bye week with a 5-5 record. With a fifth win, the Jets would have matched the win total of the team that currently secures the final wild-card spot in the weak AFC, the Buffalo Bills. However, as you know, the Jets did not get their fifth win of the season. The Jets playoff position would have looked better with a win on Sunday but sadly, that’s not so certain now.
Sunday’s game was a reminder that the Jets were expected by many to not win a single game this season. Sunday’s game was a painful reminder that the Jets have a lack of talent on the roster. After what happened on Sunday, are people supposed to take the Jets as serious playoff contenders? Even in the weak AFC? Going up against a 2-6 team with a five-game losing streak?
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The Buccaneers defense has been horrendous this season. Their defense has been giving up big plays left and right. For the Jets to show up and only put up 10 points is unacceptable.
For the most part, people have said Josh McCown has done a fine job this season. He certainly has not been awful, but how many healthy starting QBs would you take him over? Five? Maybe a little more than that?
Considering how experienced he is, I’m sure he’s good to have in the locker room. He’s fine as a backup, but Sunday was a reminder that he’s still Josh Mccown.
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Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers was a painful reminder that despite all their successes so far this season, they are still not talented enough to make a serious playoff run. Playoff-caliber teams beat inferior teams they’re supposed to, not fall flat and be reminded that they fail to consistently win football games.