The New York Jets are now 5-8 after a pathetic loss in Week 14. Here are the top five takeaways from their Week 14 matchup against the Denver Broncos.
In their Week 14 matchup against the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets played absolutely horrific. They went into the Sports Authority Field and got destroyed by the Broncos to the final score of 23-0. From the opening kickoff and to the end of the game, the Jets needed to win in order to keep their slim playoff chances alive.
Looking at the overall performance of the Jets, the two turnovers were costly and defined the game. The Jets offense went 3 and out a lot and this made the defense stay longer on the field.
With the loss, the Jets are now 5-8 and will need to regroup and prepare for the New Orleans Saints in Week 15. In this game, there were many mistakes that as a fan you just were disgusted about.
Now, let’s take a deeper look and break down the top five takeaways from this Week 14 matchup.
Next: 5. Offense was a complete no-show
5. Offense was a complete no-show
Unlike last week, the Jets offense was a complete no-show and looked asleep. They dropped a lot of passes and couldn’t get any momentum going. Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse were the culprits this time around as they couldn’t get any consistency in their efforts to keep those chains moving.
The Jets only established 100 yards of total offense which is a stat you don’t want to see. The offense had multiple penalties in the game and two of the four were on the offensive side of the football. They didn’t even get into the red zone and didn’t have many possessions on the Denver side of the field.
Once again, the playcalling wasn’t mixed up which is frustrating to see because of how it was last week. If they applied different plays maybe they could have something going. The offense didn’t stay on the field long enough to give the defense a rest. The offense was only able to have the football for 22 minutes and 25 seconds. They also had two very costly turnovers.
Next: 4. Defense is unable to establish consistent pressure
4. Defense is unable to establish consistent pressure
Sunday’s game was just difficult to watch due to the defensive line of the Jets bringing inconsistent pressure to quarterback Trevor Siemian. He had a lot of time in sitting or running out of the pocket while dissecting the Jets secondary.
Siemian threw for 200 yards and looked like he was a top-tier quarterback which he really isn’t. The Broncos went 1 for 4 in the red zone and the Jets were unable to do much against them as they scored at will.
The defensive line hasn’t lived up to its expectations at all this season and today it showed. They continue to not bring consistent pressure and as a result, they were embarrassed by too many miss tackles and assignments. They got manhandled and did not bring it like they did last week.
The offense of the Broncos dropped 273 yards of total yards which tells you nothing changed from previous weeks. Like always, you keep saying its the “Same old Jets” which has been the case for many years and it will continue to be said until it is fixed.
Next: 3. Sanders and Thomas manhandle the secondary
3. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas manhandle the secondary
Just like all season, the Jets secondary had an abysmal performance which is frustrating to watch. Two costly penalties and too many missed coverages allowed Sanders and Thomas to get open. They both had a solid game.
Clearly, the secondary of the Jets has major work ahead of them before they can play any type of solid game. Sanders and Thomas combined for 109 total passing yards. If this isn’t fixed for the final three games of the season than quarterbacks will continue to pick them apart every single game.
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Cornerback Morris Claiborne had his worst game as a Jet as Thomas manhandled him from start to finish. Claiborne was getting beat by Thomas and was making costly penalties. The secondary had too many missed assignments and did not execute anything correctly which led to them getting burned too much due to the miscues.
Next: 2. Offensive line once again falters
2. Offensive line once again falters
The weakest part of the team continues to be exposed as the offensive line struggled once again. Sunday showed big time as the offensive line couldn’t get consistent penetration to drive back opposing defenders. They went up against the fifth best defense in the league and simply were overwhelmed throughout Sunday’s loss.
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They aren’t communicating who needs to block and when a blitz is happening. The offensive line was not able to contain the Broncos defensive pressure which allowed them to cash in on the Jets mistakes. They had costly penalties brought on themselves which hurt their offensive possessions.
The inexperienced line and whomever the quarterback is could get hurt very easily. Josh McCown was the victim as he suffered a broken hand and will miss the final three games of the season. They need to get it together before they eventually get another quarterback hurt just like they got McCown hurt on Sunday.
Next: 1. Running and passing game has its worst performance
1. Running and passing game has its worst performance
Sunday’s offensive performance has to be the worst in quite some time for them not showing up at all. Anderson and Kearse have been the leaders in the passing game and today they were a no-show. The running game was completely dreadful and Forte and Powell struggled all game long as well.
Anderson and Kearse combined for 31 yards of total of the 60 total passing yards in Sunday’s game. Give credit to the Broncos secondary for taking out the two best players. They also made costly errors with dropping a few passes which should have been easily caught.
The running game was nowhere to be found as Forte and Powell had no momentum in getting to the second level. They combined for 48 yards of the 59 total yards of rushing. Nothing seemed to work and were just getting stuffed at the line.