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An Ugly Start

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Odds are he was trying to dump the ball to a running back in this picture.
Odds are he was trying to dump the ball to a running back in this picture.

For over eight months, the Jets have been in the headlines of the papers being hyped and hyping themselves as contenders. Tonight in a hideous loss to Baltimore, they made mistakes over and over that real contenders simply do not make. There was penalty after penalty after penalty. There were drops and fumbles at key times. The tight end even lost track of the sticks on fourth down with the game on the line. None of this even mentions the quarterback play.

Instead of a vastly improved team, this looked a lot more like last year's 9-7 squad that found ways to lose close games late.

The team also suffered a key injury. Kris Jenkins left in the first quarter with a knee injury and never returned. Based on the awkward way the knee moved, and his body language as he left the field, it is tough not to fear the worst.

The official recap will be up in a bit. Play nice.