The New York Jets knew this week wouldn’t be easy. They made it much tougher on themselves by missing tackles and turning the ball over on their way to a 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Carolina has become one of the top teams in the league, but there is no excuse for mental mistakes and lack of effort. There were a few times in the game where players looked like they were jogging or not giving it their all.
New York’s defense, which has been regarded as a stout unit, missed a number of tackles and gave up way too many big plays. Cornerback Dee Milliner has continued to struggle through his rookie season and safety Ed Reed is clearly on the decline.
Cam Newton passed for 273 yards, including a 72-yard catch and run by DeAngelo Williams. Williams also gained 81 yards on the ground.
Santonio Holmes, who had been bad mouthing the Panthers’ secondary last week, finished with two catches for 14 yards. To add insult to injury Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown.
Geno Smith showed his athleticism by continuing a few different plays and scampering for a total of 44 yards on six rushes. He completed 15 of 28 passes for 167 yards with a touchdown and the one interception.
The Jets as a whole had success on the ground accumulating 157 yards. They showed their creativity by bringing in rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to run the ball at the goal line. He was stuffed on a first-down run, but scored his first career touchdown on the following play. That was the high point of the game for New York.
The Jets played from behind the entire day. Carolina made them pay for their mistakes and it was too much to handle. The better team won on Sunday.
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Written by Matt Brody