In a battle of which team was worse, the NY Jets won, or lost, who knows? Either way, Gang Green fell to the Miami Dolphins 24-17.
Penalties plague the NY Jets
While the Jets’ defense was not as bad as it had been the last four games, it was still not good enough as Tua Tagovailoa finished the game 27-for-33 for 273 yards and two touchdowns.
“I tell you guys all the time, whether you lose by one or 50, it doesn't freaking matter,” head coach Robert Saleh said after the game. “This one we lost.”
Brutal penalties also haunted the Jets (2-8) as John Franklin-Myers’ roughing the passer call on third-down early in the fourth quarter led to a touchdown that put the Dolphins (4-7) up 21-14.
Also, Jason Pinnock would get called for holding following a third-down sack with 5:30 left which led to a field goal and essentially iced the game.
Time for Zach Wilson to come back
While veteran quarterback Joe Flacco had an admirable game going 24-for-39 for 291 yards and two touchdowns, if Zach Wilson is healthy enough then it is time for him to reclaim his spot as the starter.
“He did what we all expected him to do,” Saleh said of Flacco’s performance. “I thought he did a really nice job out there.”
Assuming Wilson starts, it will be interesting to see how he responds and if this time away helped him learn from his past mistakes. In a season that went south fast, perhaps the saving grace for Gang Green could be the development of their rookie QB.
The emergence of Elijah Moore
While there are not a lot of things Jets fans can come away from this game feeling happy about, the one thing they can hang their hats on is the fact rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore seems to be getting better by the week.
Finishing the day with eight catches for 141 yards and a 62-yard TD, Moore is starting to show why Gang Green felt they got a steal with the 34th overall selection.
“Elijah’s been getting better every week,” Saleh said. “I’m really pumped for him, he’s starting to get into a rhythm.”
Combine that with the fact first-year running back Michael Carter seemed to be on his way to another impressive performance before leaving the game with an ankle injury, the Jets might have two young difference-makers on their offense for years to come.
Now, it is all about making sure they have that at the most important position: quarterback.