It was a rough night for the New York Jets as they put up very little fight at MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football.
That New York Jets matchup with the Cleveland Browns could be classified under the category of “hard to watch”. Adam Gase’s bunch showed very little in terms of fight as they fell to 0-2 with the New England Patriots looming next week, in New England.
Here are my immediate thoughts. Spoiler alert, not many of them are pretty.
- Humbling night for Kelvin Beachum: Beachum has been a serviceable tackle for the team since his arrival. He wasn’t on Monday night, getting taken to school by Myles Garrett. Garrett recorded three sacks and three TFL’s in the game and spent the entire night in the Jets’ backfield.
- The offensive line is very bad: Once again we learn how bad the Jets line really is. Both Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk were running for their lives. The fact that Le’Veon Bell found 68 yards on the ground is almost mind blowing. It shows how good he really is. Imagine how Bell’s numbers might have looked if the line was actually any good. With a bad line he put up 129 all-purpose yards.
- The cornerbacks can’t cover and Trumaine didn’t play: Why Trumaine Johnson wasn’t on the field is a question for the ages. Whether he has played well or not, he is the number one cornerback. The ones that did play watched Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry run free most of the night.
- Gregg Williams can scheme: This game could have been over in the second quarter. The offense couldn’t get anything going. However, the defense was confusing Baker Mayfield with disguised coverages and that was on Williams. He did a lot to keep the team competitive and have it at a two score game for quite a while.
- Luke Falk played well: One bright spot on the evening was Luke Falk, who was forced into the game after Siemian suffered an ankle injury. Falk got a rhythm going, especially with Robby Anderson, and he put up a stat line of 20-25 for 198 yards. If he continues to gain confidence the play at the position might not be so bad while we wait for Sam Darnold to return.
It doesn’t get any easier next week as the Jets travel to Foxboro. Falling to 0-3 is seriously on the table here.
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