The Jets fell behind immediately in this game, as Leonard Fournette ripped off a long 66 yard run on the second play of the game to set up a short Gardner Minshew touchdown pass to Keelan Cole, beating Jamal Adams.
The Jets answered with a beautiful touchdown drive of their own, Sam Darnold going 8 for 8 on the drive, culminating in a touchdown strike to tight end Ryan Griffin to take a 7 - 6 lead in the game.
It looked like the Jets might actually thrive on offense today, but as it turned out that first drive ended up being the high point of the game for the Jets. The Jaguars began ratcheting up the pressure on Darnold, and the Jets offense slowly faded from there. Darnold threw an ill advised interception after escaping a sack, a costly turnover that led to a Gardner Minshew to Chris Conley 70 yard strike for a touchdown and a 13 - 7 Jaguars lead at the end of the first quarter. The Jaguars tacked on two field goals in the second quarter to extend their lead to 19 - 7 as the Jets offense ground to a halt.
In the second half the Jets offense continued to struggle until a long drive that ended in the end zone to start the fourth quarter. Darnold to Ryan Griffin for their second TD of the game, followed by a two point conversion to Griffin, pulled the Jets to within seven points at 22 - 15. That would be as close as the Jets would get, as Darnold threw two brutal interceptions in the fourth quarter to extinguish any hopes the Jets may have had. Jacksonville took advantage of their opportunities off of turnovers to add to their lead, as they pulled away for a relatively easy 29 - 15 victory.
With the loss the Jets record drops to 1 - 6, with a game against the Miami Tankin’ Dolphins and old friend Ryan Fitzpatrick looming next week. Though the schedule gets much easier from here, at this point it is almost certainly too late for the Jets to mount a playoff run, as they would likely have to finish on a 8 - 1 or 9 - 0 run to make the playoffs. Even with an easy schedule that seems like a bridge much too far.
With the season all but over Jets fans now turn their attention to player development and the 2020 draft, less than halfway through yet another lost season.
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