The Jets suffered arguably their worst loss of the season on Sunday, losing to the Titans 22-26. Things seemed promising to start, with a pick six and a trio of field goals to put the Jets ahead 16-0. In the final 33 minutes, the team was outscored 26-6, bringing them to their sixth straight loss. What went right? What went wrong? Find out here:
What Went Right?
Jason Myers went out and kicked another gem, going 5-5 on field goals. He is the only kicker in the NFL to hit 5+ field goals without missing in a game twice this season. Only two others have done it once this season (Stephen Gostkowski and Ka’imi Fairbairn). He becomes the 17th kicker in NFL history to have 2+ games with 5+ field goals on 100% kicking, and the first Jets kicker to accomplish it.
Only 3 kickers have made 5+ FGs in a game without missing a single one this season (Myers, Gostkowski and Fairbairn). Jason Myers is the only one to do it twice. #Jets #ProBowlVote @JayMy_31 pic.twitter.com/qG8FX6GtNb
— James Cunningham (@JCunninghamNFL) December 3, 2018
The magnificent special teams play didn’t stop there. The team also blocked an extra point and blocked a punt. Andre Roberts had a great day as well, averaging 41 yards/kick return. He nearly took one to the house, bringing it 59 yards downfield before being brought down. Lachlan Edwards also booted a 67-yard punt, which is his longest of the season. It was another phenomenal game for the special teams unit that’s been among the best in the league.
He’s alive! The 72 million dollar cornerback finally came to life on Thursday, notching his first interception of the season and taking it to the house. It was actually a really impressive play. He read Mariota’s eyes, jumped the slant route in one-on-one coverage, and took it to the house. He flashed the playmaking ability that earned him a big deal from Mike Maccagnan.
— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) December 4, 2018
What Went Wrong?
Well, basically everything else.
Inability to Finish Drives
As much as we all love Jason Myers, the Jets’ offense has to score points by themselves. The team’s 22 points is very deceiving, considering the offense failed to score a touchdown for the second time in five games. The team has three offensive touchdowns in the past five games. The Bears’ defense has five.
The Jets’ inability to close out drives showed on Sunday in a gigantic way. Josh McCown averaged 2.7 (!) Y/A (yards per attempt) when on the Titans side of the field. The rushing offense wasn’t much better, averaging 3.3 Y/A excluding Crowell’s 27-yard carry. These are the things that lead a team to having to kick five field goals without scoring a single touchdown.
Remember when the entire team did push-ups when someone got a penalty during training camp? Yeah, well that didn’t work.
The team committed 11 penalties on Sunday, including three on the Titans’ game winning drive. The Jets are still an undisciplined football team, and that falls on coaching. It shouldn’t take four years to figure out how to avoid penalties.
I could continue writing the flaws of the Jets’ performance, but I’d be writing a novel. It was yet another bad outing for Gang Green, and one of their most heartbreaking losses yet.