NY Jets fall to 0-10 after close loss to the Los Angeles Chargers

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The NY Jets fell to 0-10 in Week 11 after a close loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

The NY Jets almost did it. For the second consecutive game, they almost managed to come away with their first victory of the season, only to fall short in the final moments.

This time, the Jets fell by a final score of 34-28 losing to a Los Angeles Chargers team that was much better than their 2-7 record indicated. But in the final few minutes, we saw exactly why the Chargers entered the game with the record they did.

Ill-timed penalties, questionable play-calling, and defensive breakdowns allowed the Jets to storm back to within one score after trailing by 18 points at the half. And Joe Flacco and the offense were given one final golden opportunity to tie the game.

Starting their final offensive possession near midfield, Flacco and the Jets drove into Los Angeles territory only to come up short on a pair of incompletions that resulted in a turnover on downs.

The Jets didn’t deserve to win this game, and those rooting for the No. 1 overall pick are certainly happy that they didn’t.

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Flacco finished 15-of-30 for 205 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Both of his touchdowns came in the second half as he hooked up with Breshad Perriman and Chris Herndon to help lead the Jets to their highest-scoring output of the season.

However, it was a brutal first-quarter pick-six to former Jets’ defensive back Tevaughn Campbell that proved to be the difference-maker in a tight game.

Following a blocked punt that the Jets capitalized on for a touchdown, safety Marcus Maye forced a fumble at the Jets’ goal line just before wide receiver Keenan Allen could break the plane.

The Jets had all the momentum until Flacco threw an ill-advised pass to the flats on his very first pass of the evening that went right into the waiting hands of Campbell.

Speaking of Allen, the three-time Pro Bowler finished with 16 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown setting a new franchise record for receptions. He and rookie sensation Justin Herbert tore up an inexperienced Jets’ secondary all game long.

The Jets are now 0-10 and remain in the driver’s seat for the so-called “Tank for Trevor.” With six games remaining in the season, it’s difficult to pinpoint a victory on their schedule.

With every week and every subsequent loss, the Jets’ chances at landing the first overall pick — and in turn Trevor Lawrence — increases.

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This was another important step in what could be a franchise-altering race.