The Jets lost the Seattle Seahawks today at the Meadowlands 27-17. New York is now 1-3 on the season, and 2016 now has the feel of a rough year. NFL teams that start 1-3 make the Playoffs less than 20% of the time, and there are not many reasons to feel optimistic about the team.
Russell Wilson clearly was not himself. He lacked the explosion necessary to make plays with his legs. He threw for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. To be clear, this was a masterpiece by Wilson. He made some brilliant throws into tight coverage. There was also breakdown after breakdown in the secondary, particularly in the second half.
On offense, the Jets got off to a pretty good start. They put together a few drives where they moved the ball in the first half. Through the first half, they were shortening the game, limiting possessions, and staying close. The game turned on a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception to Richard Sherman. There were also a number of plays the receivers were unable to make in key spots, and Fitzpatrick wasn’t able to execute with the necessary precision. The offense line also had a rough game.
One week the Jets are losing because the quarterback is really bad. Another week, the defense isn’t getting on the field. Outside of the defensive line, I’m not sure whether there is a unit this team can trust to play well on a week to week basis.
That is the sign of a bad football team. When you have a team failing to execute so clearly across the board, there are no easy answers. The Jets will keep playing hard, but they essentially have two weeks and two games in difficult road venues to try and turn the season around. If they do not, we will be in evaluation and Draft mode very quickly.