The Jets lost to the Redskins tonight 15-13 at FedEx Field.
The Jets trailed 9-3 after a first half that was dominated by Washington. Sam Darnold completed 8 of his 11 pass attempts, which included a throwaway. He only netted 62 yards, which wasn’t really his fault since Washington’s pass rush limited the Jets’ passing attack to the short game. An ugly fourth down interception was his fault, however, and was the first time this preseason he looked like a rookie.
The Jets defense gave up a lot of yardage in the first half, but some timely stops and a good bounce of the football or two helped the team keep Washington out of the end zone.
The Jets rallied in the second half, mainly because they had a starting caliber quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater going up against fringe roster defenders. Bridgewater lit it up, going 10 of 15 for 127 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Even that sells short the job he did because he was victimized by three drops.
The Jets scored 10 unanswered fourth quarter points behind Bridgewater to take their first lead 13-12 with 1:52 left on a 20 yard Taylor Bertolet field goal. The defense could not get a stop, however, as the Redskins drove into field goal range aided by a penalty on Rashard Robinson and then a back shoulder completion on him. Dustin Hopkins hit a 40 yard field goal as time expired, and the Jets’ dreams of a perfect preseason came to a (not so) painful end.
We will have more later tonight and tomorrow.
If you want some immediate thoughts on the quarterback battle, I have two.
- I don’t think the needle moved a ton tonight. I don’t think Sam Darnold or Teddy Bridgewater outright won the job or played themselves out of the competition.
- With a pair of talented young quarterbacks 25 years old or younger, there’s no way Josh McCown should be the starter.