The New York Jets have lost in ugly fashion to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 15-10, where the Jets were actually favored to win the game since the Bucs didn’t have their starting quarterback and their best wide receiver. The Jets couldn’t get anything going against a team that is ranked 21st in scoring, 27th in yards total, 29th in pass yards, and 15th in rushing yards (NFL.com) so this game should’ve been won by the Jets, but that didn’t go that way as Fitzpatrick got the last laugh. That being said, here are my grades on both sides of the field for the New York Jets.
Offense: The Jets have yet to get the run game going all game long after putting up 194 yards against the Buffalo Bills, they put up a combined total of 56 yards even though they racked up big gains on those plays. While the passing game wasn’t any better as Josh McCown threw the ball 39 times, completing 23 of them for 262 yards a touchdown and an interception. Why they decided to throw that much I don’t know, they had a perfect game plan last week and didn’t stick to it. I grade the offense a D: because they looked sloppy all game.
Defense: The defense overall wasn’t too bad but nothing special. They were able to force a turnover off an interception to Darryl Roberts and Leonard Williams recorded a sack. But were burned by Desean Jackson, who looks like the Jackson of old as he caught 6 catches for 82 yards. Special teams didn’t help them either as the Bucs had good field position all game long. The defense only surrendered one touchdown so I give them a B.
Special teams gets an F because they did a terrible job containing their gaps and giving up too many yards, allowing their offense to have excellent field position. The Jets will be on their bye this week, so they have an extra week to get their act together before they take on the Carolina Panthers.