Once again, the New York Jets lose embarrassingly. This time to the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 36-7. Three games in and the team have continued to show no signs of life, let alone improvement. The team looks completely unmatched and there are no signs of anything changing. It was clear from the getgo that it was going to be another long Sunday of Jets football. By far the worst team in football, Gang Green has shown early on that they aren’t going to win many games this season.
Darnold, Jets Offense Held In Check by Colts Defense
Quarterback Sam Darnold had another tough day at the office. He went 17/29 with 168 yards passing and one touchdown along with three interceptions. The Colts’ defense sacked Darnold twice, including one time in the end zone in which the Colts would pick up the safety. His quarterback rating was 53.2, which is down from the 90.5 he put up against the San Francisco 49ers last week.
It would not be a Jets game without any injuries, which have been accustomed to the team the last couple of seasons. First-round rookie Mekhi Becton had to leave the game early after sustaining a shoulder injury. It wasn’t immediately clear following the game how severe the injury was. Hopefully, Becton doesn’t miss serious time. Linebacker Jordan Willis and safety Bradley McDougald got hurt in the fourth quarter as well.
Strong Jets Start Stymied in Second Half By Colts’ D
The Jet offense started strong in that they held the ball for nearly ten minutes and had the first nineteen plays of the game after a Darnold interception. The Jets would tie the game on a 16-yard pass from Darnold to Braxton Berrios as the Jets would head into the second quarter even at seven apiece. That would be the last scoring play from the Jets offense, however, as the Colts defense lived up to expectations. After the Jets had 188 yards of offense against the league’s number one defense in the first half, the Colts held them to just 72 points in the second half.
The Jets converted just 3-of-12 third-down attempts (25%), including throwing two of their interceptions on third down. The Jets failed to convert their only fourth-down attempt and were one-of-two in the red zone. For a team that has struggled to score points all season, the two interceptions on third down were costly.
Jets Need Quick Turnaround
The Jets will be on short rest as they play Thursday night at home when the Denver Broncos come to town. The Broncos had to deal with problems themselves and will look for their first win of the season.
Before the game, there was some chatter that Jets brass may be hearing Jets fans’ calls. They have reportedly begun to discuss internally head coach Adam Gase’s future. Gase should most definitely be on the hot seat, if he isn’t already, as it should be clear that this type of football shouldn’t be tolerated. The team has not shown much effort in their first three games. All three have generally been over as soon as they started. Whether it be the 21-0 deficit in Buffalo, Raheem Mostert‘s 82-yard run just 17 seconds in last week’s game, or Xavier Rhodes‘s 44-yard interception return today, the Jets have not looked ready to play. And that should fall on the head coach’s shoulders.
While Gase makes excuses, his team will continue to tumble. Even though Christopher Johnson just recently put his confidence in Gase, things could change if the Jets continue to tumble. And by looking at the Jets schedule, it doesn’t seem as if there is much potential for a turnaround.
While the Jets’ issues are not only a result of Adam Gase’s failures, he has been the culprit of the team’s poor play. Either way, Joe Douglas and company have a lot of work cut out for them to make this team competitive. If the Jets fail to show signs of effort on Thursday, Adam Gase should go.