The New York Jets almost shocked the football world in their week six battle against the New England Patriots, falling 24-17 in heartbreaking fashion. There were a few controversial calls in the game that all went against the Jets, but none bigger than the reversal of Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ touchdown in the fourth quarter. The referees claim it was an obvious, indisputable call, however the fact that every fan, analyst and former ref in the country disagrees shows that it is nonsense. The Jets plain and simple got extremely unlucky. That’s a call that has never been called before, and never will again. A fumble through the end zone, without an actual fumble. Aside from that, there were some questionable calls by the Jets coaching staff that also attributed to the loss. Who were the winners and losers for the Jets this week?
Even with the “fumble,” ASJ was the Jets best player on Sunday. The Patriots had trouble containing him all day. His redemption season is off to a great start, and it looks like the Jets got a steal in a beast of a player. ASJ had eight receptions for 46 yards, a touchdown, and a fumble that should have been a second TD. He is the Jets best and most important offensive player this season.
LB Darron Lee
Lee was not perfect on Sunday by any measure, but he did force a fumble and make his presence felt all over the field. He makes this list due to the fact that it seems like he is finally turning around his season, and starting to get the NFL game. The Jets former first round pick struggled last year in his rookie year, as well as in the first few games this year, however the past two weeks its seems as though the Jets are finally getting the player they expected. Lee was flying all over the field making plays on Sunday, which is something the Jets need him to continue to do for the foreseeable future. If Lee can keep this up, alongside the suddenly pretty good Demario Davis, the Jets should be set up the middle on defense for the next few years.
The Jets tank seemed to be over following their three game winning streak, and that seemed to be confirmed after the Jets took a commanding 14-0 lead over the Pats in the first half on Sunday. Fans of the tank are likely happy about the loss, in a game where the Jets easily could have won. The bad news for the tank fans is that the Jets stayed in the game and debatably should have beaten the defending champs on Sunday. Rookie safety Jamal Adams said after the game that he believes that the Jets can beat anyone, and following the Patriots game it is hard to argue with that. The Jets seem destined for a season hovering around .500, which to everyone is far better than could have been expected, except for those rooting for the tank. Nevertheless, at 3-3, if the Jets lose out, they can easily still attain a top three pick, so for now, the tank is back on.
Many people may be surprised to see Skrine’s name on this list. He did have an interception and fumble recovery after all. The problem is that he had the worst play of the game for the Jets. Skrine dropped a huge interception where he jumped in front of Rob Gronkowski for what would have been an easy interception, with room to run, around New England’s 45 yard line. If Skrine doesn’t drop that ball the Jets, at worst, go up 17-0, if not 21-0. But he dropped the easy interception, and the Patriots then went on to score a touchdown on that drive to cut the score to 14-7. He did his best to make up for it later in the game, with a great interception and a fumble recovery, however, he made a mistake that was one of the biggest reasons the Jets loss, so he is on the loser list.
S Jamal Adams
Adams struggled for the second week in a row. This week can’t really be blamed on him, as he was guarding arguably the greatest Tight End of all time, Rob Gronkowski. Adams made a couple of mistakes on his two touchdown passes, however, as a rookie guarding Gronk that can be expected. Adams still looks good over all, and like a future superstar. The long pass interference call against him in the end zone on Gronk was a terrible call, as Gronk initiated all the contact, including repeatedly putting his hands in Adams’ face mask. Adams did not make any contact with Gronkowski, yet the official called a pass interference call setting up a Dion Lewis touchdown. This rough game by Adams shouldn’t worry anyone, as him and Marcus Maye still look to be the next great safety tandem in the NFL.
Wilkerson continues to be non-existent for the Jets this season. He had just one tackle all game. If you go back and watch the tape you will see him do absolutely nothing in both the pass and run game, and even drop to the floor as a terrible attempt to avoid a double team block. Wilkerson is a player the Jets wanted to build around, but as of now it seems that they will have no choice but to release him this offseason. He has just 4.5 sacks in his last 24 games. Leonard Williams has also struggled this season. He has yet to record a sack on the year, provided zero pass rush this week, and finished with just one solo tackle, along with two assists. Williams has just one sack in his last 15 games. The Jets desperately need Williams to turn his game around.
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