The Jets played a competitive game in Week 4, but it was extremely ugly. New York managed to find a way to lose against a poor and injury-ravaged Broncos team. The Jets played very undisciplined football. Sam Darnold had a flashy run, but was back to his poor decision making ways for most of the game. The Jets defense forced turnovers, but still managed to have an awful game. The Jets seemed so close yet so far from a win, which they let get away by sloppy play.
Jets Offensive Recap
The Jets offense simply isn’t very good. The personnel isn’t great, especially with all the injuries, and the quarterback has not been the type to make players around him better. The running game has just been atrocious. The play calling and system is bland as well.
Sam Darnold had an electrifying long touchdown run. He was practically running for his life, but he made it work.
It was a mixed bag for him after that. Darnold did a good job not turning the ball over, but that does not mean he didn’t make any bad decisions. Darnold consistently missed open receivers and made the wrong read, displaying a low football IQ. He also got lucky with a few dropped interceptions by the defense. Once again, Darnold isn’t in the greatest situation, but the rookie mistakes are consistently his fault. Fortunately, reinforcements are on the way with the returns of Le’Veon Bell, Breshad Perriman, and Denzel Mims looming. Unfortunately, Darnold will miss this week’s game with a shoulder and Joe Flacco will get the start.
The offensive line continued to mightily struggle against the Broncos. The revamped interior offensive line has been awful. The interior of Alex Lewis, Connor McGovern, and Greg Van Roten have combined to allow 41 pressures on the quarterback already. Darnold is seeing on average about 10 pressures up the middle each game. And after injuries to both left tackles who are serviceable, Mekhi Becton and Chuma Edoga, the Jets got destroyed on the edge. Third-string tackle Conor McDermott was terrible as he paved the way to three Bradley Chubb sacks. McDermott was burnt badly on a crushing 4th-down sack by Chubb that sealed the game for Denver.
Chubb alone just abused the Jets offensive line.
Overall, the offense had a subpar performance once again. Between Darnold making the wrong decision and the offensive line getting nothing going in the ground game, along with allowing constant pressure, struggle was inevitable. The aforementioned Bell and Perriman should be back this week, and Mims shortly after that. It will be extremely interesting to see how veteran quarterback Joe Flacco plays this week and beyond, depending on how long Darnold is out. It should tell us a lot about Darnold’s development and Gase’s system as we see another quarterback in the offense.
Jets Defensive Recap
If you thought that made it sound like the offense played bad, the defense played much worse. They played extremely undisciplined and sloppy football, which was the clear cut top reason for the loss. It was a poor reflection on Gregg Williams as his defense racked up the penalties and got 37 points hung up on them by a third-string quarterback.
The Jets were penalized 11 times, six of which were personal fouls by the defense. Time after time there was a roughing the passer or face mask penalty called on the Jets defense, which prolonged Denver’s drives. The penalties crushed New York, especially on third downs.
The secondary had a wild game. The most bizarre performance was that of Pierre Desir. It was a rollercoaster game for him. Desir was consistently beat by Denver’s wide receivers. Most notably of which was a play when he was ironically in perfect position. He lost an embarrassing jump ball to rookie Jerry Jeudy, which was followed by Jeudy strutting into the end zone for his first career touchdown after the amazing grab.
However, Desir grabbed two interceptions. He somewhat redeemed himself with these pair of interceptions. It was a game of many emotions for Desir.
The Jets also have no viable pass rush. The defense can’t generate pressure on the quarterback, which hurts the secondary tremendously as the quarterback sits with all day to throw the ball. The Jets sacked Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien zero times.
Rypien had a pretty strong game, despite his three interceptions. The Jets couldn’t capitalize on the interceptions, and it cost them. Rypien had a strong outing and pushed the Broncos to a win even though he had his rough spots.
The Jets defense needs to be significantly better. The coaching staff has plenty to refine as the penalties lost the team the game. 11 penalties is just unacceptable. The secondary deserves plenty of blame, but the pass rushers have to start wreaking havoc. The defense was ridiculously sloppy and it must change immediately if the Jets want to win games.
The Jets nearly pulled out a win, but their sloppiness cost them the game. It was an extremely bad look on head coach Adam Gase, who was already on thin ice. The Jets should get some players back from injury soon, but they simply have to be disciplined and play better complementary football. The season trudges along as the Jets continue to prove why they may be the worst team in the league. Joe Flacco takes the reigns this week in what will be a highly interesting storyline.
Week 5 Outlook
The New York Jets host the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday October 11. It will be a fascinating matchup as the Cardinals travel all the way to the East coast to battle the Jets. The Cardinals have dropped two straight to fall to 2-2 on the year, making this a vital game for them. The Jets continue their hunt for win #1 as Joe Flacco makes his Jets debut as a starter. It should be telling and it will be very interesting to see how the offense operates under Flacco. The defense also has to play a much cleaner game. This one should be an ugly and fun matchup. The game is at 1:00 PM EST on FOX.
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