The NY Jets suffered another crushing defeat to the New England Patriots 10-3 at Gillette Stadium to drop their 14th straight against the Pats.
An anemic offensive performance
As crushing of a loss it was for the Jets style-wise, the reality is the Jets (6-4) lost this game well before Marcus Jones’ 84-yard punt return for a touchdown with five seconds remaining.
“We gotta show up tomorrow and find ways to get better,” head coach Robert Saleh said. “Whether we won or lost there’s still seven games to be played, we have the whole season ahead of us. So we’re still right there in the thick of things and we just gotta get back on the horse and get ready to play another football game.”
Finishing with 103 total yards, including just two in the second half, this was as bad an offensive performance as the Jets have had in years and it could not have come at a worse time with how tight the AFC playoff picture is right now.
This is a game the Jets could have used to stamp their flag and take sole possession of first place in the AFC East so to lose it and fall into last place in the division is a crushing blow for Gang Green and one they will need to overcome quickly to get where they want to go.
However, the road ahead will be a lot harder than it needs to be if they cannot get significantly more production from everybody on offense.
Pressure mounting for Zach Wilson and Mike LaFleur
Although the Jets pride themselves on being able to run the ball and play elite defense, quality teams who are coached well like the Patriots (6-4) will try to take away what the Jets do effectively so it is up to them to be able to respond.
“There’s a lot of things we need to look at to see if we can find efficiency in the offense,” Saleh said when asked if Zach Wilson was weighing the offense down. “Either way it just wasn’t good enough.”
Finishing 9-for-22 for 77 yards, this was a day Wilson and Mike LaFleur will want to flush into the toilet considering Braden Mann had more punts (10) than the team had completions.
With seven games left and the fight for the playoffs heating up, all of the attention will now shift towards the offensive side of the ball, and questions of whether or not the Jets have the right personnel on offense will only get louder and more serious.
“I think just all around as far as executing we weren’t able to move the chains,” Wilson said. “They were doing a good job making it hard on us to get easy ones in the passing game, couldn’t establish the run game very well, and then obviously I had some I want back, gotta find a way in these conditions.
The Jets have hinted that they could bench Wilson so this season could come down to whether or not the second-year quarterback and offensive coordinator can get on the same page and find what works for both of them.
A tough break for the NY Jets’ defense
Major props need to go toward the Jets’ defense considering how well they played despite coming away with a loss.
Whether it was the usual suspects Sauce Gardner and Quinnen Williams having another great game or the unit sacking Mac Jones six times, the Jets’ defense left it all on the field and did everything they could except leave Foxborough with the W.
“We all have to take that responsibility, build each other up, and come ready to work," Garrett Wilson said. “We have to have a plan though, we can’t just be passively working and be in the facility and not know what we’re there for.”
At the end of the day, there are not many games a team will lose when their defense gives up just 10 points and does not allow an offensive touchdown so one has to feel for that side of the ball.
The Jets have the type of defense that can take them far so now it is up to their offense to do their part and start playing complimentary football otherwise it will likely be a bitter end to the season for Gang Green.