The New York Jets continued their free fall in the AFC with an 18 point loss on the road in Pittsburgh on Sunday. While Gang Green hung in throughout the first half, the Steelers imposed their will in the latter part of the contest and walked away with an easy victory.
At this point, the title of team MVP just seems like a participation trophy. Brandon Marshall participated and really seemed like the only Jet that showed up to play on Sunday. Marshall converted a massive 15 targets into 9 catches for 114 yards and an impressive TD. To his credit, Marshall has yet to pop off to the media about the team’s struggles (for now) so the fact that he is producing and has not imploded the locker room earns the MVP title on a 1-4 club.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Fitzpatrick had zero turnovers on the afternoon. Given his recent play, this was a miraculous turn of events. Nonetheless, the Jets were smashed in the second half as the team showed zero ingenuity on offense and threw in the towel on defense.
Marcus Williams had six tackles and an assist on the day but by getting torched by Sammie Coates and a 72 yard score early in the game, the Steelers knew they had set the tone. The Jets are routinely giving up huge plays on D and yesterday, Williams’ subpar attempt at covering Coates was just the latest. Really, this award could go to the entire secondary. The TD to TE Jesse James to salt the game away somehow featured a pass catcher that stands 6’7” tall standing by himself unguarded. How does a defense lose track of a human being that large in that small of a space?
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The Jets face yet another tough assignment as Week 6 features a trip to the desert on Monday Night Football. The Cardinals may be without Carson Palmer, who has yet to be cleared from the league’s concussion protocol. Even still, Bruce Arians’ squad will have had 11 days off between Week 6 and 7. The Jets’ season (or what is left of it) will be on the line. Should Todd Bowles’ bunch fall to 1-5, whispers that have surrounded the team’s future will become a raucous chorus. This team was built to win now and they are doing none of the sort.