The New York Jets begin 0-2, a season with so much promise has begun 0-2. It’s tough to accept and for the most part it’s shocking it was only 23-3. The game is in the books and the Jets now move on to New England to take on Tom Brady who’s having a rare great September. There’s a lot to unravel from this game including embarrassing performances from players who are in important years.
The Jets Offensive Line Needs Help
Le’Veon Bell had 31 touches in last nights game. That amount of volume in Pittsburgh would’ve resulted in him seeing phenomenal results. With the Jets and this horrid offensive line, he had 129 yards and no scores. Kelvin Beachum got embarrassed and ran over by Myles Garrett. There were runs where it looked like Ryan Kalil is still retired in a football players body. The rest of the offensive line aside from Osemele just can’t stop getting penalized. It’s a mess and although they could gel eventually, it needs to happen soon. Trevor Siemian can thank his offensive line for his horrible injury. If he’d not been run over then he might’ve been able to finish that football game. The Jets offensive line is bad and it needs to be fixed and soon.
Luke Falk is Now QB 1
Not to say I told you so but before the game, I told a few of my friends that I think if Falk plays that game he will play well. Trevor Siemian didn’t excite me and when he got injured they had negative passing yards. It’s not all on him, his offensive line as I said is horrific. Now he pays the price by being out for the season. He finished his first game since 2017 with a line of 3/6 and 3 yards. Siemian struggled and got hurt, it wasn’t a successful start and it’s sad news for Siemian to have to handle. Luke Falk will now be thrown to the fire of the New England Patriots. Falk excites me. Falk was one of my most overlooked draft prospects in recent memory and I was high on him. He got a little action last night and was 20/25 with 198 yards. Falk will now start his first NFL game against the reigning champions in Foxboro. This has got to be the biggest game of that mans life with the most pressure on him. Pressure, as I like to say, can expose diamonds or produce duds. Only time will tell.
The Defense Was Good, Some Players Were Bad
The Defense was a surprising bright spot. The Jets defense could barely get off the field and barely had a shot to rest. Some of the key pieces played poorly and some under the radar guys had great performances. Jamal Adams had 5 tackles and a TFL, he played solid but he had a few costly miscues and ultimately he was benched. I love Jamal but he did deserve to be reprimanded. However, he’s the heart and soul of that defense and he’s allowed to make mistakes. I feel like Jamal should have a leach but a much longer one than others. His attitude with this squad may be something to watch in the long term, aside from that he played a solid game. The other former high draft pick sucked. Leonard Willams had all the opportunity to show up. He got a one on one matchup and yet he still struggled. He can’t run players down and he’s lazy on evading blocks. To this point, he’s done nothing to prove his value. Williams has got to get himself together or he better start packing his bags. Neville Hewitt, Terrell Basham, Blake Cashman, and Bronson Kaufusi all played very good ball combining for 21 tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 TFLs. 4 young under the radar guys and all four played great games.
Penalty Bug Bites Per Usual
The Jets are not disciplined and continue to face dumb penalties. The Jets has 12 penalties for 89 yards. That is not good at all. Every time they seemed to have found a break they would get that undone by a penalty. The Jets have always had this issue. It’s time to fix the problem because it cost the Jets way too many opportunities now and in the past.
In the end, it was another tough one to watch but now it’s on to New England week with Luke Falk at the helm of the now 0-2 Jets.