New York Jets Fall 27-17 In Opener vs Buffalo Bills

The New York Jets downright played horrendously in a 27-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills. What a disaster to open the season.

What Went Wrong?

When you take a first glance at the scoreboard, you’d think this would be a competitive effort made by the New York Jets. Well, what could’ve gone wrong, went wrong? That’s not an exaggeration.

First, a negative tone was set on the first play of the game when Jets tight end Daniel Brown got called for an illegal block in the back. Anyways, the offense looked lethargic and mediocre.  The 0ffensive line was a mixed bag. Offensive playcalling looked similar to last season. The defense struggled early on with no edge rush.

Let’s evaluate.

First Quarter:

The game opened with a negative-tone setter, a penalty on the kickoff to open the game. On the first drive, the Jets went three and out. Two incompletions with one drop and one missed receiver. Bills punt returner Andre Roberts returned a 58-yard punt from Braden Mann for 16 yards. Buffalo marched down the field until Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen fumbled the ball at the Jets’ 27-yard line. Jets’ safety Bradley McDougald recovered the fumble. On that drive, linebacker Blake Cashman left the game with a groin injury.

Once again, the Jets went three and out. Controversially, Jets head coach Adam Gase called a bubble screen on 3rd & 9 for no gain. The Jets would punt. Once again, the Bills marched down the field. Controversially, a 3rd down holding penalty from Pierre Desir negated a defensive stop. Eventually, they scored on a 2-yard rushing touchdown from Josh Allen. The Bills went up 7-0.

Unsurprisingly, the Jets went three and out again. The next Bills drive, they scored a touchdown on a 4-yard pass to rookie Zack Moss, 14-0 Bills.

To end the first quarter, Gang Green managed to get a first down.

Second Quarter:

To open the quarter, the Bills scored yet another touchdown on a 17-yard pass to wide receiver John Brown. 21-0 Bills. The Jets would try to rally up the field on the next drive. Ultimately, Sam Darnold tried to force a ball to Jamison Crowder but was intercepted by Matt Milano. Another forced error by Darnold. On the ensuing drive, the Jets forced a turnover with a Josh Allen fumble. To end the half, Gang Green kicked a field goal to end the half, 21-3 Bills

Third Quarter:

On the fourth drive of the half, the Jets finally score on a touchdown on a 69-yard pass to Jamison Crowder. 21-10 Jets. The rest of the quarter didn’t see a lot of action.

Fourth Quarter:

Notably, tight end Chris Herndon fumbled the ball in a crucial spot, when the Jets wanted to fire up the offense. To open the quarter, the Bills marched down the field or a field goal, putting them up 24-10. The Jets would fail to put up any points in real-time. Buffalo scored another FG, putting them up 27-10. The Jets scored at the end of the game with a rushing touchdown from Josh Adams.

Final Analysis:

This game was nothing short of a disaster. The scoreboard can fool fans who didn’t watch the game. The defense held its ground in the 2nd half. Although, they started slow. The offense was abysmal. Sam Darnold was inaccurate and his footwork was off. The receivers couldn’t create separation nor make plays. Chris Herndon fumbled a crucial pass in the fourth quarter. Quinnen Williams wasn’t a factor at all. He committed two killer penalties in key situations. Pierre Desir struggled immensely and the team currently has a cornerback problem outside of Brian Poole and Blessuan Austin. No pass rush was generated whatsoever.

There were missed opportunities when it came to sacks and tackles. The team came unprepared as a whole. That falls on Adam Gase and the coaching staff. It could get worse as the New York Jets will face the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers in their home opener next week.

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