3 years ago1,000+ Views

Brutal. Just brutal.

My dad - the biggest Jets fan I know - texted me before yesterday's game against the Houston Texans: "Biggest game of the year. We need this one."
I texted back: "We shouldn't have much trouble with TJ Yates - we should get this win and move toward the Wild Card."

I was confident.

I was wrong.

The Jets lost, 24-17, and now fall out of the Wild Card spot that they have held for most of the season.
The key, though, is that they lost to the Texans, who will no doubt be battling for that Wild Card spot, too. So now Houston holds the tiebreaker over the Jets, and something tells me that's going to come into play at the end of the season.
This was, overall, a really, really bad game for the Jets.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was terrible, completing just 19 of 39 passes. Not good enough.
The running game was awful, as Chris Ivory ran for just 36 yards on 8 carries. Why didn't he get the ball more often?
Perhaps the most worrisome of all was the secondary. Darrelle Revis got burned by superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins more than a few times, and Revis's production has declined this year. The truth is, he's no longer the lockdown corner he once was.

That, and the fact that Hopkins is an absolute beast.

I've got to put the majority of the blame on head coach Todd Bowles.
The Jets started the season 4-1, and have since dropped 4 of 5 to reach 5-5 on the year. There is enough talent on this team to win games, especially against teams like the Texans, Raiders and Bills, all of whom have beaten the Jets this season.

Bowles just isn't doing enough to get his team ready to win football games at the moment.

I'm frustrated. I though the Jets had a legitimate shot at the Wild Card this year. And I guess they still do - but the playoffs are looking less and less likely with each passing week.
It looks pretty bleak for them...can't believe they lost this one!
They are certainly capable of getting there if they somehow regain the early season form, but it will be extremely difficult. With road games against the Patriots, the Bills, and the revitalized Cowboys, they'll need to work hard to finish above .500.