When you ask someone who’s not a New York Jets fan what J-E-T-S stands for they’ll most likely give you the answer of Just End The Season, and after yesterday’s 41-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, that statement now makes sense.
Before kickoff, there were a couple key points to know for both teams. With the Jets, backup veteran quarterback Josh McCown would get his first start of the season, as starter Sam Darnold was in a walking boot after suffering a foot injury in last week’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. Also out for the team on Sunday was wide receiver Robby Anderson (ankle) and center Spencer Long (knee/finger), but corner back Trumaine Johnson made his return to the field after missing the past five weeks with a quad injury. On the Bills side, they entered the game as one of the worst offenses in NFL history, as quarterback Matt Barkley would get the start with rookie starter Josh Allen still out with an elbow injury. Moreover, wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, who the Jets released on Oct 20 due to a groin injury, would face his former team. It’s also interesting to note that former Jets General Manager John Idzik was in attendance for the game, as he was scouting for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who play the Bills in Week 12.
To start the game, the Bills came out swinging, as they scored a touchdown on only the second play of the game after Johnson received a nice welcome back present from Bills wide receiver Robert Foster, who torched him on a 47 yard reception. For the Jets, however, they had to punt on their first four drives, which came before throwing an interception on the fifth and finally kicking a field goal on the sixth to go into halftime down 31-3. In the first half, the Jets were outgained 313 to 68 and they headed to the locker room filled with tension and frustration placed on the shoulders of head coach Todd Bowles.
In the second half, the Jets scored their lone touchdown of the game off of a five yard run from running back Isaiah Crowell in the third quarter. However, it was already too late as the Bills completely sealed the game with another touchdown and field goal. Now with the Jets at an overall record of 3-7, tied for last place in the AFC East division with the Bills, it’s safe to say any chance of the playoffs this season is officially out the window and the questions of the Jets front office and coaching staff will be determined in the coming weeks.
After the game, there were many different reactions from among the Jets organization. CEO Christopher Johnson looked very unhappy, as he did not answer any questions from reporters, Bowles said he wasn’t worried when asked about the possibility of getting fired, and players kept the frustration going, as safety Jamal Adams believes Bowles isn’t the problem.
From a fan’s standpoint, Bowles can certainly be seen as the number one problem, as the outcome of a game always faults on the head coach. Even though some fans may have thought Darnold could have been the problem, it’s clear now that he wasn’t.
Moving forward, the Jets will be on a bye-week this week, as they continue to figure out what really is the problem before they face the New England Patriots in Week 12. Right now the concern should be to change up the game-plan and make sure Darnold is ready to play against the Patriots before any more questions about Bowles or any of the coaching staff are asked.