On Sunday, the NY Jets traveled upstate to take on their division rivals, the Buffalo Bills. While this game remained close until the end, the Jets could not get the job done as they would fall by a final score of 20-12.
Here are three players to blame for this week's Jets loss.
3. C.J. Mosley, LB, NY Jets
While C.J. Mosley had himself a decent game on the stat sheet, he also made a costly error that led to a Bills score. Late in the second quarter, the Bills lined up for a 4th-and-1 around midfield in a scoreless game.
While it was seemingly obvious that the Bills were trying to draw the Jets offsides, it should not have worked. However, unfortunately, Mosley was the guy who jumped and picked up a brutal penalty for the Jets. This led to the Bills driving down the field and Josh Allen ultimately finding Dawson Knox for the first touchdown of the game.
Mosley finished the game with nine total tackles, leading the team. He broke up a key pass and didn't have a horrible game, overall. However, Mosley's costly penalty changed the momentum and course of the game by putting the Bills in the driver's seat.
2. Michael Carter, RB, NY Jets
About midway through the fourth quarter, the Buffalo Bills were forced to punt in a 20-7 game. The Jets' special teams unit was able to block the punt on a big play by Jermaine Johnson. This caused the ball to roll out of the endzone, resulting in a massive safety to put the Jets within 11 points.
The Jets got the ball back immediately and Mike White looked determined to try to pull off a miracle. However, this all stopped when Michael Carter coughed up the ball. With all the momentum going the Jets' way, this was arguably the worst-case scenario.
With Zonovan Knight shining, it was a bit of a headscratcher even letting Carter get a run in the late stages of the game with little room for error. Carter picked up five yards on five carries and produced next to nothing on the ground.
The same cannot be said for Knight who has clearly emerged as the team's RB1.
1. The NY Jets offensive line
If you look up the word "invisible" in a dictionary, the Jets' offensive line in their Week 14 game against the Bills might just show up. This was really as bad as it gets. Mike White took an absolute beating on Sunday and had no help from the offensive line in blocking the Bills' Von Miller-less defense.
The Bills' defense picked up nine quarterback hits, 18 pressures, and four sacks. The Jets' offensive line would kill any and all momentum the Jets would try to muster.
White left the game really banged up on multiple occasions. One time, the Jets even brought out Joe Flacco to take the place of White for three plays. Thankfully White was able to return and try his best to keep the Jets in the game.
While the Jets came up short on Sunday, one thing remained the same. Mike White is the guy going forward. White is the guy to finish out the season. This game showed how tough White truly is, and Jets fans should be grateful to have him under center.