Jets Fall to Bills in OT

After staking themselves to a halftime lead the Jets failed to score in the second half and eventually lost to the division rival Bills in overtime. Mark Sanchez had an atrocious game throwing five picks and failing to complete even 40% of his passes. The Jets defense rebounded but couldn’t keep the Bills offense down when it mattered most, and this without starter Trent Edwards playing most of the game. With this loss the Jets have now lost three straight games and their chances of a playoff berth are diminishing.

Defensively the Jets did not play that poorly. A week after letting Miami charge down the field on them the Jets managed to hold the Bills to 3 points in the first half. They did allow 140+ yards on the ground in this game but that came off of a 3.4 yard per carry average. The big blunder for this team was allowing the long strike to Lee Evans for a touchdown taking away the Jets lead, something they would not get back for the rest of the game. Ultimately I thought this unit played well and while it was against a weak opponent the blame can not be placed on the defense. The only thing they could have done better was get more takeaways as with the offense not getting it done a defensive score could have won it.

Regardless of what the defense could have done better, if the offense had performed decently well the Jets would have easily picked this game up. They had over 300 yards on the ground with an average of 8 yards per carry yet still threw the ball close to 30 times. With the presence of a running game and a legitimate number one receiver in Braylon Edwards Sanchez should have had a better performance. I know he is only a rookie but if he is going to start he can not have performances like this. What we said about him earlier in the year was while he wasn’t lighting the league on fire he wasn’t getting turnovers either. He got into that trouble here and it cost the Jets a game. If this team wants to see the postseason he is going to have to rebound, he has shown that he has the ability now he just needs to cut down on mistakes and hopefully show improvement as the season goes on.

This team started out the year hot and really looked to have the ability to make it into the postseason despite a rookie qb and a rookie head coach. Now the chance of that is looking slim. Mark Sanchez, while not being terrible, has regressed each of the past couple weeks, something you don’t want to see, and more importantly this team has not been able to put a complete game together to stop this losing streak. They have lost three games in a row, two to divisional opponents. A good team does not allow these upset games to happen especially after dropping two the previous two weeks. I worry about this team’s mental toughness as it has not been able to get out of this funk and instead appears to be a worse team each passing week. Kris Jenkins is now on IR, a big hit to the defense, and this is yet another thing this team has to rebound from. This coming up game is as much of a must win game as there can be this early in the season. If the Jets lose to the Raiders dropping four in a row they can kiss their playoff chances good-bye.

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