On Monday, the NY Jets welcomed the Los Angeles Chargers to MetLife Stadium for a Monday Night Football showdown. The Jets would go on to be defeated by the Chargers, 27-6, ending their three-game win streak.
The Jets defense had one hell of a game. They more than did their job, containing Austin Ekeler and neutralizing the arm of another great quarterback, Justin Herbert. Unfortunately, this loss falls solely on the offensive side of the ball.
NY Jets offensive performance is to blame for the Week 9 loss
Coming into this game, people knew it was not going to be a walk in the park. However, to say what we witnessed was disappointing is a massive understatement.
Between Zach Wilson not knowing when to throw the ball away and taking brutal sacks, Allen Lazard dropping nearly everything thrown his way, and the offensive line looking like a complete joke, the Jets offense crumbled.
The Jets had many chances to make this game close. However, the final nail in the coffin came when the offensive line once again gave up a bad sack with three and a half minutes left in the game, causing Wilson to fumble the ball. This led to an Ekeler rushing touchdown, officially finishing off the Jets.
There was truly no way to pinpoint who had the worst performance in this game. A case can be made for multiple people on the offensive side of things. Starting with the offensive line giving up seven sacks, they just got bullied out there all game.
Switching gears to Allen Lazard, he was targeted six times and only hauled in two catches for 18 yards. He dropped a couple of crucial passes, picked up costly penalties, and just was a liability on the field. Unfortunately, his quarterback didn't play any better.
Zach Wilson had an absolutely awful performance in this game. He finished completing 33 out of his 49 passes for 263 yards, which wasn't a bad stat line. However, his biggest issue this game was taking a lot of sacks, losing 57 yards in total on seven of them.
Wilson, who was showing signs of improvement, regressed by holding onto the ball for way too long, and it showed big time. Simply put, only Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall played well on offense. The Jets' offense continues to be the team's Achilles heel.
One thing we know for sure — Aaron Rodgers' return could not get here any sooner. Next week, the Jets will travel to Nevada to take on the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night.