Sunday's 29-26 overtime loss to the New England Patriots was a tough one. The Jets had the lead with 1:37 left but couldn't stop Tom Brady from driving down the field for a game-tying field goal and, in overtime, couldn't stop him from setting up Stephen Gostkowski's game-winning field goal.
Offense: Pretty Good, with Exceptions
Despite this success, Sanchez still had a bad game. How could a 300-yards-plus passer have a bad game? With the score tied and the Jets in the red zone, Sanchez took a Dont'a Hightower sack for a 12-yard loss rather than throwing the ball away. Fortunately,
Having made this fundamental mistake in regulation, you'd think that Sanchez would have learned his lesson. Nevertheless, following the Patriots field goal in overtime, Sanchez made almost the same mistake. Rather than take a sack and keep the game alive, he makes a lame attempt to pass while falling down, causing him to fumble away the game. Didn't anyone tell him to protect the ball before overtime started? Shouldn't he know this as a fourth-year veteran? How many games do Jets fans have to endure with a quarterback who still hasn't learned to protect the ball?
Otherwise, the Jets offense played pretty good.
The Jets offensive line was terrific. Despite New England's four sacks, Sanchez had plenty of time to throw on most passing plays. Sometimes he had a ridiculous amount of time. The Jets rushing game had a few nice bursts but overall was mediocre.
My favorite play of the game came on Greene's fumble. Greene was fighting with five Patriots defenders to recover the ball. Backup TE
Defense: Landry Gets a Dirty Dozen (Tackles)
On the defensive side, the Jets played well. They held Tom Brady to only two touchdowns and two field goals.
Special Teams: Mixed Bag
On special teams, there were highs and lows. On a positive note,
On the other hand, Gang Green did something it never does — it gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown. Devin McCourty's 104-yard touchdown swung the momentum back to New England after the Jets had taken their 7-0 lead. Mike Westhoff will certainly work on this for next week.
Talking about next week, the Jets play the Dolphins at home. With a 2-1 divisional record and one game behind the Patriots, the Jets really need to win this one. No more close losses. We need a win!