The New York Jets lost to the Buffalo Bills at home on Sunday, a devastating loss in which the Jets blew a 16 point lead. Hopes for a fast start out of the gate in 2019 were dashed. How did the power rankings feel about this loss? Let’s find out.
Week 1 result: Lost 17-16 vs. Bills
Analysis: Just like the Todd Bowles era, another late-game meltdown. And the schedule gets no easier over the next five games.
This game was an embarrassment for Jets head coach Adam Gase. The Bills were hapless through the first three quarters of this game, as turnovers foisted any offensive plans. Gase’s team had a 16-0 lead midway through the third quarter, but when linebacker C.J. Mosley left the game with a groin injury, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen caught fire in a relative sense, and the Bills slipped away with a 17-16 win. A missed extra point from kicker Kaare Vedvik — one of several kickers the Jets have tried out this year — kept the game from tie status, but the larger issue is that Gase seems to have no command over the big picture. The Jets’ next stop is Cleveland for a Week 2 Monday night game, where the Jets and Browns — two currently bruised franchises — will try to set things right.
Meanwhile, Gase is spouting off with stuff like this:
HC Adam Gase asked why Ty Montgomery (five snaps) wasn’t more involved.
“That’s my decision.”
Pressed on if he’ll be more involved later, he says it depends how he feels.
“That’s the beautiful part about being the head coach, I can basically do what I want”
Squandering a 16-0 lead at home to lose to the Bills is not exactly how this new era under Coach Adam Gase was supposed to begin. The kicking misadventures didn’t help, of course. But it wasn’t all about the kicking. There was blame to go around.
Rookie who flashed: Quinnen Williams, DT
How the newcomer starred: Williams wins by default because he’s the only rookie who played a semi-significant role. The No. 3 overall pick didn’t finish the game because of a second-half ankle injury. It was a quiet debut. He played 23 defensive snaps, with no tackles and two pressures. On one play, he affected the center, which resulted in a botched snap. Aside from that, Williams has to do a better job of defeating his man in one-on-one situations.
With the obvious proviso that power rankings are stupid, unless they praise the Jets, in which case they’re awesome, what do you think? Where should the Jets rank in the NFL power rankings?