It appeared the New York Jets were riding the wave of incredible destiny through the first 20 minutes or so of Sunday’s Week 6 matchup against the New England Patriots.
The Jets jumped out to an outstanding start, scoring two touchdowns in their first three drives while keeping New England’s powerful offense at bay. The Jets led 14-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter before they came crashing back to earth like a scorching meteor.
New York unraveled against the defending Super Bowl champs, falling 24-17 and snapping their three-game winning streak that felt more like a farce than the emergence of a team on the rise. The Jets played hard, but poor coaching after the first quarter coupled with the combination of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski was too much for Gang Green.
Here’s what went wrong for the 3-3 Jets during their disappointing loss.
Gronk goes nuts
The Jets had no answer for Rob Gronkowski throughout the day. Darron Lee, Marcus Maye and others tried, but Gronk dominated the Jets throughout the game. He caught STATS and was by far New England’s best offensive weapon.
Perhaps the only way New York can cover Gronkowski is if he’s held out of the game by injury.
Pass rush goes to sleep
Once again, New York’s defensive line was terrible. The Jets entered the game with only seven sacks and New England’s offense live had surrendered 16 sacks through five games. Somehow, New York was blanked in the sack department.
Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson remained ineffective and Todd Bowles’ blitz packages weren’t enough to take down Tom Brady.
The Jets were victimized by the worst call in NFL history
The officiating crew overseeing Sunday’s game deserve to be fired. They were egregious all afternoon, but the overturning of an Austin Seferian-Jenkins touchdown upon further review was inexplicable. The officials called this a fumble and a loss of possession for the Jets, even though the ball never hits the ground. A touchdown would’ve trimmed the deficit to 24-21 with plenty of time in the fourth quarter.
This was called a touchdown on the field… then OVERTURNED and ruled fumble and touchback.
— New York Jet Fuel (@NewYorkJetFuel) October 15, 2017
The referees also couldn’t figure out the true definition of defensive pass interference. Some plays were flagged for minimal contact, while others went uncalled that were far more blatant.
The Jets might not have deserved to win, but they didn’t get any help from the refs. Let the conspiracy theories flow.