Jets vs. Patriots Recap
Added by Justin O'Connell on September 13, 2013.
Rex Ryan didn’t even want to say that this was a moral victory. “You either win or you lose, and we lost,” said Ryan. The New England Patriots came out and scored on two of their first, three drives. But after that, it was slim pickings for Tom Brady and Co. The Jets defense was stout and held them to 232 total yards and Tom Brady to a 48.7% completion percentage. The Patriots did not score in the second half and were held to 4/12 on third downs in the game. The Jets should not be discouraged by this loss though, as they were missing Jeremy Kerley, Quinton Coples, and Jeff Cumberland. The season is still young and they are a young team growing older by each game.
1) Catch The Damn Ball!!!
Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates should be put on trial for being fraudulent wide receivers. Yes, Hill had a couple of nice catches, but he dropped close to as many as he caught; he also had a fumble. After the game, he even had the nerve to say that he played a good game. Clyde Gates dropped more than he caught. There were anywhere from 7-10 drops in the game for the Jets. Yes, it was pouring rain, but they have to do a better job than they did, especially with a rookie quarterback. Geno Smith has to have faith that his receivers can catch the ball.
Geno Smith’s fourth quarter was about as tough to watch as Mark Sanchez’s last two seasons. The Jets were only down by three points entering the fourth and their defense was shutting the Pats offense down every drive. He opened up the quarter great starting 2/3 for 47 yards, but after that, he finished 1/9 for 8 yards and three interceptions. The last interception was with 45 seconds left on the clock, so it clinched the game. For most of the fourth quarter, he was under throwing receivers or there was miscommunication on the routes. His other big problem was not running the ball when he had open lanes for a first down; instead,he held the ball and was sacked or threw it away. The Jets were 6-18 on third downs, something Smith has to improve on. His receivers were letting him down, yet it seemed as if he was afraid to take the game into his own hands when the Patriots were giving him the option. How Geno plays next week will show a lot about his mental toughness and self-confidence.
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3) Marty, Marty, Marty.
He has to know when to stop calling passing plays. Mornhinweg decided to abandon the run after the first half and completely toss Chris Ivory to the curb, even though Ivory was rolling. Ivory had 12 carries for 52 yards ; most of these yards came in the first half. With the rain, Smith’s difficulties, and the wide receivers lackluster play, they would have been better off feeding Chris Ivory, who only gets stronger as the game goes on. The Jets’ offensive line was playing like the line from 2009 and was dominating the Patriots front seven. Mornhinweg’s game plan was not a terrible one; he found ways to get his receivers open, but he should not give up on the run, just because he loves to throw the ball.
4) DEE Not so nice
The Jets defense was spectacular on Thursday, but Dee Milner sure wasn’t. He struggled all preseason, and so far this season. Last week, Vincent Jackson got by him off the line with ease and beat him almost every time, but Jackson does that too many cornerbacks in this league. This week, however, is a different story. Struggling against Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins is a serious concern for all Jets fans and coaches. The #9 overall pick has not been physical; he cannot jam receivers off the line, and he’s mightily struggling covering. Kyle Wilson may be starting next week if Milner doesn’t have a good week of practice. Maybe playing against the slot receiver will be good, but that is no easy task either.
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5) Bad Calls
The referees seemed to be a little biased toward the home team, as they were not giving the Jets any calls and were lenient on the Patriots, and that’s putting it mildly. There were multiple defensive holdings and offensive holdings that were missed, and obvious ones, I might add. They didn’t overrule Rex Ryan’s challenge, when it appeared that Hill did have the first down. They also spotted the ball about as unfairly as possible on that play. Now, these things do happen every game, and the Jets probably got away with a few call themselves, but there were two calls they made that were terrible and changed the game. The first was the overturning of Julian Edleman’s fumble. Edleman clearly had control of the ball, took two steps, and was turning when he got hit. That would have given the Jets the ball, close to mid field. The second one was a call they didn’t make on the Smith’s last interception. Holmes was going over the middle and a Patriots defender was holding and pulling on his jersey/pads, literally right in front of the ref, and he never blew the whistle. Smith was looking at Holmes, but after he saw Holmes was “covered,” he threw it deep. Now the ref certainly did not lose the game for the Jets, but they certainly had a rough night calling it.