The Jets got throttled by the Chiefs in Week 8, losing 35-9. The expected result was a non-competitive blowout, and that’s exactly what occurred. The class of the NFL, the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs, killed the bottom feeder of the league, the winless Jets. The coaching and the quarterback play were completely the opposite of each other. The Jets finished the first half of the season halfway to 0-16 at 0-8. It has been a long journey and it will be a tough second half. It looks like the Jets are in the driver’s seat in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Lawrence is the jaw dropping quarterback prospect out of Clemson. Let’s get into the latest brutal loss.
Jets Offensive Recap
The Jets offense was awful once again in the loss at Kansas City. They were grossly inefficient and failed to get into the end zone for the second time in three weeks. Sam Darnold did not turn the ball over but was immensely unspectacular. The offense has been hurt by injuries, but their issues are fundamental. Darnold looks like a lost cause and Adam Gase’s system fails time and time again. Rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton continues to be the lone bright spot on offense however.
Sam Darnold truly looks like a lost cause at this point. It is sad to see a young player like him fail, but his divorce from the Jets seems inevitable at this point. Darnold has not had much help from the circumstances around him, but he has not improved at all over his three seasons in the NFL. Him not being able to improve his decision making or mechanics throughout his years in the league is extremely concerning. Darnold should be a hot trade target this offseason, but unless he propels the Jets to wins, he looks to be as good as gone in New York. Darnold displayed once again on Sunday that he seems unable to do that. Darnold attempted 30 passes, completing 18 of them for just 133 yards. That is a measly 4.4 yards per completion. Darnold is not getting much help, but he has to win some games for the Jets soon as his clock with the team rapidly ticks away.
The Jets offensive line was a bit subpar against the Chiefs. They paved the way for 93 rushing yards, but they only averaged 3.7 yards per carry. They need to do a bit of a better job in opening up rushing lanes. They have improved off of last season though. There is still a ways to go, but one piece is certainly turning the tide. That would be rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton. He has been simply fantastic and is improving weekly.
The Jets receiving core has been ravaged by injuries, and it is surely taking a toll on their performance. Denzel Mims has flashed a bit as a rookie, but he is the only healthy starting receiver. Chris Herndon, the third-year tight end, continues to be simply awful. He caught just one pass for three yards and lost another fumble against the Chiefs. Herndon seems to have lost all focus for the game. The Jets receiving core is playing very subpar as they remain depleted.
The New York offense was bad once again in the loss to the Chiefs. The play calling needs to be more creative, Sam Darnold needs to improve significantly, and the offensive line, as well as the receiving core, certainly aren’t great either. The unit as a whole is lacking in just about every single area. The Jets look like they will continue to immensely struggle putting up points in the second half of the season.
Jets Defensive Recap
The Jets defense got absolutely torn to shreds by the Chiefs, who many consider the best offense in the NFL. The Jets actually did a fantastic job stopping the run, but they got crushed through the air. Patrick Mahomes had a field day passing to wide open receivers with all day to do it. It was not a pretty sight from New York’s perspective.
Patrick Mahomes had a fun day at the office as he ripped the New York defense to pieces. Mahomes threw for a whooping 416 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. His receivers reaped the benefits. Travis Kelce (8 receptions, 109 yards, 1 touchdown), Tyreek Hill (4 receptions, 98 yards, 2 touchdowns), and Mecole Hardman (7 receptions, 96 yards, 1 touchdown) all torched the Jets secondary. It was an abusing day from Mahomes and Kansas City’s talented group of receivers.
New York’s two outside corners, Blessaun Austin and Pierre Desir, had their bad seasons continue on Sunday. Austin sits with a PFF coverage grade of 43.1, while Desir has one of 50.3. These are both just putrid numbers and they obviously got worse on Sunday. The secondary will need a makeover this offseason, but they are not the only part of the defense that does. The defensive line has to do a significantly better job of creating pressure. They left the secondary covering for ages like paint left to dry. The Jets got 0 sacks on Sunday and created very minimal pressure. The alarming year for the defensive front has continued. Obviously, even with a strong defensive line, the secondary would not be great as both units are equally bad. They just do absolutely nothing to help each other, and the Jets defense is getting burnt by big play offenses because of it.
The lone bright spot for the Jets defense was the run defense. They did a fantastic job of shutting down Kansas City’s rushing attack. Quinnen Williams has continued to play a key role in New York’s stout run stopping unit. The Jets allowed just 50 rushing yards on a minimal 2.5 yards per carry. New Chiefs running back Le’Veon Bell came into the game looking for revenge against his former team. And while his new team got it, Bell had an awful individual performance. Bell ran for just 7 yards on 6 carries, good for a laughable 1.2 yards per carry. Props to the Jets run defense for making sure Bell did not put the cherry on top of an already embarrassing day for the team.
The Jets defense is in shambles right now. They have loads of work to do if this defense will be competitive any time soon. The Chiefs showed broad and clear how bad the flaws are. While the run defense and linebacking core are fine, the defensive line and secondary are surely among the worst in the league. They have neither a pass rush nor shutdown coverage, a recipe for disaster which is getting worse each week. The Jets defense is not in nearly the same stratosphere of that to compete with the Chiefs offense, to say the least.
The Jets are halfway to an 0-16 season. A once unfathomable possibility, the rare feat is within reach. And it is not a feat that any team wants to reach. Only the 2008 Lions and the 2017 Browns are enshrined in the 0-16 club. The Jets will do everything they can to avert from a winless campaign. They will try to squeak out a win somewhere. The most important part of the rest of the season though is evaluating young players. By trading Avery Williamson and Steve McLendon before the trade deadline (which was Tuesday at 4 PM EST), the Jets have more spots for young players to get major playing time. They need to give them all the opportunities they can to develop and prove they are long term building blocks. It will be an interesting second half of the 2020 season for the Jets.
Week 9 Outlook
The New York Jets host the New England Patriots on this upcoming Monday Night Football telecast. The 0-8 Jets face off against the 2-5 Patriots. New England is in a spiral after the departure of Tom Brady, but are still heavy favorites over the Jets, and for good reason. They still are a way more talented and better coached team. The Patriots have lost four straight games, but they all have been close. Cam Newton desperately needs to get back on track and a matchup with the Jets is the perfect medicine to do so. If New York somehow wins, there would be major draft order repercussions. It will be a fascinating prime-time battle of fierce division rivals on November 9 at 8:15 PM EST. The game will be on ESPN.
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