The New York Jets were obliterated on Monday Night Football by the New England Patriots in what was an embarrassing display of football.
The New York Jets came crashing back down to earth on Monday night. And they came crashing down hard.
After an exciting 24-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last week, the Jets fell flat on their faces falling to the New England Patriots by a final score of 33-0. The Jets didn’t just lose, they were absolutely dominated from start to finish in a scene that has become all too familiar to Jets fans.
Second-year quarterback Sam Darnold had the worst outing of his young career finishing with an ugly stat line of 86 yards, zero touchdowns, and four interceptions (five turnovers) while completing just 34% of his passes.
The Patriots defense wreaked havoc from the very beginning as Darnold was pressured into a hideous interception on the team’s very first drive in what would be an indicator of things to come.
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New England dominated the Jets in every aspect of the word. Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong whether it was on offense, defense, or special teams.
And as easy as it would be to say that this was the Jets’ most embarrassing defeat in quite some time, who really knows at this point. The Jets have made a habit out of shameful, disgusting performances this season and this was simply the cherry on top.
Sam Darnold was supposed to be the magical fix for all of the Jets problems — and for one week it appeared as though he was. But the problems aren’t fixed with this team, they’ve only just begun.
The offensive line is still a complete mess battling injuries and abysmal play. The coaching staff remains ill-prepared week in and week out. And glaring holes at cornerback and wide receiver continue to hold this team back.
The Patriots defense held the Jets to just 154 yards of offense in this game. This wasn’t a meeting between two NFL teams, it was a one-sided thrashing between the NFL’s elite and a group of players wearing the same uniform trying to pass themselves off as a football team.
Harsh? Perhaps, but accurate nonetheless.
The excuses can only last so long before accountability is taken. As much as Darnold struggled — and he really struggled — he isn’t the reason for the Jets continued losing ways.
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A coaching staff in over their heads, an abysmal offensive line, and years of backward roster construction have taken their toll. The additions of Le’Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley are great, but they don’t matter when the foundational pieces aren’t taken care of.
The Jets don’t have an offensive line, a pass rush, or passable cornerbacks. And outside of a quarterback, those are the three most important positions to build.
It does get easier from here for the Jets and after Monday night’s massacre, they better be counting their blessings that it does. But even if the Jets win four more games this season, what exactly does that prove?
The Jets are broken and it’s going to take years to fix. An offensive line can’t be built overnight. The same goes for a pass rush and a quality cornerback group. One offseason simply isn’t going to fix these issues.
Bill Belichick’s mocking laugh in the face of the Jets late in the game is telling. He knows that the Jets are no closer to taking that next step than they have been over the past half-decade.
It’s simply hope followed by hopelessness in a never-ending cycle. That’s the story of the New York Jets.
And that’s the story each and every time the Jets step on the field to play the New England Patriots.