What is wrong with the New York Jets? ‘Everything’ would be the easy answer, but it goes much deeper than that. This team is the definition of dysfunction. The coaching isn’t working, injuries are popping up all over the place, and worst of all, Zach Wilson is injured. Here is a review of the New York Jets’ Week 7 game against the New England Patriots.
The Jets traveled up to Foxborough in an attempt to avenge their Week 2 loss at home against this Patriots team, who were hungry after a close loss to the Dallas Cowboys. They may as well not have made the trip. Wilson got injured in the second quarter after a rough hit from Matthew Judon, and after he went down, Mike White stepped in.
With White at Quarterback, they started off strong, but they tapered off pretty quick. They ended his first drive with a touchdown, but White threw two interceptions in the third quarter, and the offense could not do anything. Bill Belichick figured out White quickly, and the Jets could offer no counter-punch.
One player who has looked good, and looked good this week, is Michael Carter. With no true #1 running back, Carter has been a revelation in the backfield for the Jets. He finished the game with 8 receptions for 67 yards, and carried the load with 11 carries for 37 yards. Involving Carter in the passing game is huge for the Jets, and they need to continue to do so. Elijah Moore also got involved in the offense, scoring his first NFL touchdown on a jet sweep.
And then, what hasn’t been mentioned yet is that the Jets allowed the Patriots to score 54 points. 54. Points. The most points any team has allowed this season, the Patriots ran the ball all over the Jets’ fragile and porous defense. Damien Harris looked like Derrick Henry, and the Jets couldn’t do anything to stop him.
Mac Jones looked relaxed as well, throwing for over 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Patriots just outplayed the Jets in every way, in every phase of the game, and there was nothing the Jets could do about it.
The Jets defense is a problem. Even without Carl Lawson, the defensive line looked decent enough, but they have been missing for the past 3 weeks. The only sack on the afternoon came from Del’Shawn Phillips, and they struggled to put any pressure on Jones throughout the entire game. What didn’t help was that the Quarterback of the defense, C.J. Mosley, was out this week. Mosley, who arguably is the best player on the team, has proven so far that his value is unmeasurable.
The defense is still a huge problem, and Joe Douglas may need to look into investing some more draft picks into it. The last 2 seasons, the Jets have used all 5 of their 1st and 2nd round picks on the offense. So far, there really is nothing to show for it, and there are still so many holes on this team.
A Look Ahead
The Jets are home for Week 8 against a new and improved Cincinnati Bengals team who finds themselves in first place in the AFC North. Hopefully this week serves as a wake-up call, for a team desperate for a win. Joe Flacco, who the Jets traded a conditional 6th round pick for, figures to start this week at Quarterback. This has been the New York Jets Week 7 review: New England Patriots.
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