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NY Jets: 7 takeaways from a sluggish London loss to the Falcons

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6. Where has Elijah Moore been?

Elijah Moore returned from a concussion this week, although you wouldn't know it by looking at the box score. Moore finished with zero catches for zero yards in his return, although he was targeted a couple of times.

His most notable contribution came when he drew a huge pass interference call to set up a 1st-and-goal for the Jets that result in a Michael Carter touchdown.

He made an appearance a little earlier when he made a nice grab along the sideline, only for it to get called back because he stepped out of bounds before making the catch.

After a standout summer, Jets fans were understandably excited to see what Moore could do. In five weeks (he missed last week with a concussion), Moore has managed just eight catches for 66 yards.

Not the impact most probably expected.

7. This game isn't on Mike LaFleur

Jets fans have been hard on Mike LaFleur through the first five weeks of the season, and a lot of it has been deserved. LaFleur has done a poor job maximizing the talent at his disposal and has left a lot to be desired with his play calling.

But this game was not on him. Was he perfect? Not exactly, but LaFleur called a good game against the Falcons.

He leaned on the run game at times (to success!) despite trailing my multiple scores for most of the game. He pressed the right buttons at the right times only for his quarterback or other players to let the team down.

Wilson bounced a bubble screen to Jamison Crowder before tossing another one into the back of Morgan Moses. On both plays, the Jets caught Atlanta off guard and, if executed, likely would have gone for big gains.

The Jets were also set up for a potentially sizable gain on the throwback across the field to Crowder only for Alijah Vera-Tucker and others to miss their blocks. The Jets had numbers on the play, it should have been a chunk gain.

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Mike LaFleur did his job on Sunday. That doesn't mean he's perfect and it certainly doesn't mean he's done a great job this season.

But this loss is not on him.

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