Well, this might pass the Jaguars game for the worst loss on the season for the young Jets team. The opportunities were clearly there, but the offense just could not click at any point after the first drive. There was seldom action beyond midfield, in fact I believe the first instance since the first drive only occurred in the final quarter, which speaks volumes to the struggles the offense was going through. Before this game, WR Quincy Enunwa was announced to be missing the next few games while he recovers from his injury, and WR Terrelle Pryor was released despite his good play the last couple of weeks. To make up for these losses, the team promoted WR Deontay Burnett, a former teammate of Sam Darnold at USC, but his impact was relatively small on Sunday.
As a whole, this team is heavily plagued with injuries at the moment, and even after this game with injuries to RB Bilal Powell and S Doug Middleton, the short-term future is not looking too bright for this unit.
That is why a trade of some sort needs to be made ASAP.
With receivers like Amari Cooper on the trade market, the Jets have both a need and the resources for a talent like Cooper. With the way the Raiders season has began, it is hard to imagine that Jon Gruden will ask for a lot in return for Cooper, who is clearly not being featured in the offense like he should be. Still very young and certainly a good fit with the young core that New York currently has, Amari Cooper can aid Sam Darnold in opening the field to another level. Although someone like Dez Bryant is certainly a cheaper alternative, the Jets are not known to be a team that is very welcoming to players with previous drama, so the likelihood that Bryant lands with Gang Green is very slim at this point.
Yes, it is just one loss. The Jets had a two-game win streak prior to this beatdown against a very good Vikings team, so there is no reason to panic. Coming up against a Chicago Bears team whose defense is one of the best in the league, having a WR core that the Jets currently have might not be the recipe for success. Darnold is growing every single week, but it is clear he is missing support around him at the moment, which needs to be addressed if this team wants to keep the season going.