If the New York Jets knew going into last night’s game that they would hold Tom Brady to185 yards and only one touchdown you’d have to believe they’d like their chances of winning.
It just wasn’t meant to be.
New York’s defense put the team in a position to win, but the offense could never get into a rhythm in the 13-10 loss. Four turnovers, including three fourth-quarter interceptions from Geno Smith, and a number of dropped passes is not going to cut it against the New England Patriots.
The turnovers began in the first quarter when Stephen Hill caught a pass that would’ve been good for a first-down but as he was being tackled let the ball slip out of his hands for a fumble. He wasn’t the only Jets’ receiver making mistakes, a number of guys dropped balls that could’ve been caught.
The sloppiness continued the entire game culminating with the ejections of linemen D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Willie Colon after a low tackle by Nick Mangold began a scuffle.
In his second game Smith completed 15 of 35 passes for 214 yards, but his three late interceptions spoiled New York’s chances to tie the game or take the lead.
Running backs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell were able to do some damage on the ground. Ivory gained 52 yards on 12 carries and Powell racked up 48 yards on 13 rushes and scored the Jets’ lone touchdown.
After giving up a touchdown on the Patriots’ opening drive the Jets’ defense stuck it to New England. The Patriots were missing a number of guys and you could tell Brady was getting frustrated with his rookie receivers. Regardless of who was on the field, the Jets gave up a total of only 232 yards, 54 of which were on the ground, and didn’t allow the Patriots to score in the second half.
Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner was beaten a few times down the field and head coach Rex Ryan decided to take him out late in the contest. He’s still adjusting to the speed of the game, but he has enough talent to figure it out.
Judging by the way the Jets’ offense played they could’ve benefited from an extra few days of practicing, but you have to play the schedule you’re given. The short week is not an excuse. They were beat by a team that made fewer mistakes, plain and simple. Now it’s time to go back to the drawing board.
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Written by Matt Brody