What a difference ten days makes. The Jets, who looked as if they had unlocked their inner potential on Thursday night against Buffalo, failed to maintain their confidence as they collapsed against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
The match up, which became quite an attention grabber when news broke of Ryan Fitzpatrick getting a shot at his former team, ended up being a season snoozer as the Jets fell 15-10 on the road.
Nothing went right for New York all day. The team offense lacked any sort of hustle, amassing only 275 yards on the day, including a measly 56 total rushing yards. The numbers become more eye popping when it’s brought to attention that Tampa Bay came into the game ranked 30th in total defense and 20th against the run.
The Jets just couldn’t take off.
The Jets are completely out of sync on offense. They look terrible. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) November 12, 2017
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) November 12, 2017
Josh McCown and the offense failed to move the chains possession after possession, leaving the defense on the field for much longer than they anticipated. On the day, the Jets garnered only 15 first downs and struggled mightily in the clutch, finishing with a poor 3-15 third down efficiency.
The majority of the blame for that could be handed off to the dismal day from the Jets’ offensive line. They allowed the Buccaneers to get to McCown 5 times, and failed to set up any lanes for the running attack all day.
Jets really need to make OL a priority. They’ve neglected it too long
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) November 12, 2017
Penalties also remained frequent and left the Jets stagnant and in a handful of no-so-ideal situations. The team added to their already disgustingly high penalty total with eight for 77 yards. They currently rank 2nd in the NFL in terms of number of penalties and penalty yardage.
It wasn’t until the closing moments that the Jets were finally able to expose the Buccaneers. McCown led the Jets down the field and finished with a beautiful touch down toss to Robby Anderson for his fourth in four games. Unfortunately, it was too little too late for the Jets in this so-called “revenge game.”
Luckily though, in a way, for Jets fans, Ryan Fitzpatrick looked pretty washed up. Without star receiver Mike Evans in the open field, Fitzpatrick faced similar offensive struggles, finishing with 187 yards, a touch down and a pick.
But in speculation of it all, this is a shot to the heart for Jets fans. Now at 4-6, the Jets road to the playoffs is nearly cut in half. This game came down as a critical one for New York not only because of the various underlying personal headlines that surrounded it, but because of the impact it would have for the rest of the year.
The Jets now head into their Bye week with much to improve on. Synchronization in the offensive unit must be one, while limiting penalties, establishing a running presence, and maintaining a pass rushing attack should be the others.
New York will see the Panthers visit them at MetLife stadium for their next game in a Week 12 showdown.