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  • Kevin Lidlow

Jets lose big to the Jacksonville Jaguars

The New York Jets lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 31 to 12, in a game where the Jets had 10 days to prepare for this team and it seems that they have gotten even more worse than the previous week against the Browns. The Jets were very much aware of who they were going up against today but it seem that it was even tougher than advertised. Offensively, they had a tough time sustaining long drives all game until late in the second half where it was all but decided, and the defense wasn’t any better as they made Blake Bortles look like a pro bowler when he went 29/38 for 388 yards, 2 TD’s and an interception. To their credit, they were able to force an interception and two fumbles that resulted in nine points but it wasn’t enough. A Darnold led offense only resulted in 12 points, had no run game, and took a more conservative approach through the air as he went 17/34 for 167 yards and a touchdown. Not to mention the fact that throughout this game, it seemed as though this team lacked effort. Here’s a look a what I observed from this game:

  1. Defense, Good and Bad: The Jets red zone defense was one of the bright spots of this game as the Jaguars drove down the field but had to settle for two field goals. But for the most part it was a sloppy performance as the Jaguars were able to drive down the field and their receivers were able to get behind the secondary.

  2. Small breakthrough: Late in the third quarter, both the offense and defense were able to conspire to produce points after a Bortles throw to Roberts for an interception. However, they failed to put up six so they had to settle for three after a challenge call was reversed from a Darnold to Kearse incompletion.

  3. Safety: The defense was finally able to get a stop and force a Jaguar punt, but it pinned the Jets back at their own 2. Then it got even worse when the insewing run play from Crowell turned into a safety. That was a indication of how the whole game went, the run game nonexistent, and the passing game too conservative again.

This was a game where you really have to look at the coaches on this one as the both the offense and defense continue to struggle. First of all Todd Bowles continues to make the same mistakes year after year and Jeremy Bates still has Darnold on a short leash. You have to be more creative as a offense to keep the opposing defense off balance, but after the 48-17 win they haven’t done any of that. I think it’s time to start looking at this coaching staff altogether and maybe consider a change. The Jets will return home next week and take on the Denver Broncos.

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