Jets look lost in embarrassing Patriots defeat
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Well, at least the Jets can’t lose next week.
The Jets fell to 0-3 on Sunday with a 30-14 loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Now, they get a bye next week to try to get healthy.
No team has ever needed the early bye as bad as these Jets.
They did not look like they belonged on the same field as the Patriots for much of the game Sunday. The final score was deceiving, failing to indicate how lopsided this game actually was.
Tom Brady had open receivers to throw to, the Jets offense barely crossed midfield and this game was never in doubt.
The Jets are 0-3 for the first time since 2003 and in desperate need of getting some key players back. Third-stringer Luke Falk made his first start at quarterback with Sam Darnold (mononucleosis) and Trevor Siemian (ankle) sidelined.
The 24-year-old looked overmatched against a strong Patriots defense, which has not allowed a touchdown this season, but it was not all his fault. The offensive line had another bad day and he was sacked five times. Falk went 12-of-22 for 98 yards and threw one interception. The Jets went 0-for-12 on third down.
The Jets averaged 2.2 yards per play and had more punts (10) than first downs (6).
The Patriots outgained the Jets 382-105 in total yards. Brady went 28-of-42 for 306 yards with two touchdowns.
The Jets avoided the shutout with a special teams touchdown in the third quarter. Patriots punt returner Gunner Olszewski muffed the punt inside his own 10 and Jets cornerback Arthur Maulet recovered it in the end zone to cut the score to 30-7.
It was the first touchdown for the Jets since the third quarter of Week 1 against the Bills, a stretch of seven quarters. The offense was scoreless Sunday and struggled to even get a first down. Coach Adam Gase was extremely conservative in his play-calling with Falk at quarterback.
Jamal Adams scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter when he intercepted Patriots backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham and returned it 61 yards for the score.
Through three games, the Jets defense has outscored the offense 15-11 and special teams is not far behind with seven.
As bad as the score was, it looked as if it was going to be worse early in the game. The Patriots scored touchdowns on their first three possessions. Gregg Williams’ defense allowed open wide receivers all over the field.
On New England’s first drive, Brady connected with tight end Ryan Izzo, who was wide open, for a 41-yard gain that put the Patriots inside the Jets’ 20. Four plays later, Sony Michel scored a 5-yard touchdown.
Brady hit Phillip Dorsett for a 25-yard touchdown on the next possession to take a 13-0 lead. Linebackers Neville Hewitt and Blake Cashman bit on a play fake and left Dorsett wide open in the middle of the field against a zone defense.
The Patriots pushed it to 20-0 with 13:34 left in the second quarter on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Julian Edelman.
The Patriots did not appear to miss wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was cut by the team on Friday. They opened up a 30-point lead in the third quarter when Rex Burkhead scored a 2-yard touchdown. The score was set up by an incredible catch by Josh Gordon to convert a third-and-22.
The Jets get a week off and then go to Philadelphia to face the Eagles. The Jets are hopeful Darnold will be back for that game. They also need linebacker C.J. Mosley, who has a groin injury, back badly.
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