The Jets obviously want me to die young. Today was proof. When they were shout out AT HOME by the 49ers a few weeks ago, I wasn’t even sad. I felt nothing. This one? This one hurts.
The Jets showed a lot of fight in their 29-26 overtime loss to the Patriots, but ultimately, they came up short. The Patriots now lead the AFC East at 4-3, and the Jets let a golden opportunity to take a lead over their bitter rivals from the north slip through their fingers.
While Twitter finger points and argues Team Sanchez or Team Tebow, allow me to offer some quick thoughts on the Jets loss:
- Moral victory? No. Because the way to the playoffs is through New England. You can’t go to the playoffs if you don’t win these games. I saw some encouraging stuff, but I won’t call it a moral victory.
- Jeremy Kerley, who set career bests in both receptions (7) and yards (120) and has his first 100-yard game, is the clear offensive MVP for the Jets seven games into the season. He has taken a huge step up from his play in the preseason and at a time when injuries have left the Jets thin at the position.
- Lex Hilliard is obviously a huge upgrade over John Conner at fullback. I kill Tannenbaum for a lot of things, but I’ll give him credit for this one. (I also can’t help but think Sparano had more to do with it than anything else).
- Who is the guy in the #23 jersey and what has he done with Shonn Greene? No, but seriously, Greene is looking vastly improved in the past two games, and the Pats run defense is NOT the Colts run defense. Greene took a NASTY hit to the hit and miraculously was cleared to return (I call BS, but whatever), and we have to thank the football gods he wasn’t seriously hurt. The Jets need Greene to continue to run like this if they want to have success.
- Excellent play from Jets offensive line in the past two games, especially against a Pats D line has that played pretty well. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that with better play from the line comes better play from Greene.
- Not so special teams? Devin McCourty’s 105 yard return was brutal. No doubt Westhoff has some angry words for his unit after a mistake like that. It simply cannot happen again.
- The Jets’ secondary played well, despite giving up a ton of yardage to Gronk and Welker. It’s the linebackers that continue to be a concern — Bart Scott and Calvin pace are borderline liabilities.
- I’m not touching the Sanchez subject. In fact, I am sick of talking about it. This wasn’t his “fault,” but please don’t try and tell me he didn’t also make a few costly errors.
- Nick Folk is now 10-for-10 on field goal attempts this year. $$$
- Sure seems like there is a shady call from the officials EVERY TIME the Jets play in Foxboro. That call on Kyle Wilson was trash. How does the official from 25 yards away throw that? NO excuses, but I can’t help by notice.
- Stephen Hill’s dropped pass has to be the one of the most disappointing plays of the game. He catches that, they probably put up seven. Not blaming the kid; but that was rough. Hopefully he can bounce back and continue to make strides in the right direction.
Bottom line? Stop worrying about whose fault this loss is on or isn’t on. THE TEAM has to beat New England Patriots and they did not. They have to do better or more disappointment will follow. End of story.
The Jets face another divisional foe next Sunday, hosting the Dolphins at MetLife Stadium.