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Deja Vu: Jets Fall to Patriots...Again

The New York Jets fell to the New England Patriots for the 15th straight game and, to top it all off, it was raining—the game was about as bad as it could get. Zach Wilson looked lost, and the defense could not hold the Patriots’ offense. 

The Jets' offense was just about as bad as an offense can be. New York totaled six total yards in the first quarter of the game. Yes, it was a very sloppy day—but New England was able to march down the field in the first quarter and kick a field goal, going up 3-0 at the end of the first. 

It only got worse for the Jets in the second quarter. After the Patriots started the quarter with a missed field goal, the Jets blew their good field position—going three and out. Wilson was sacked for a loss of 12 yards, putting the Jets in negative total yardage for the game. The Patriots wasted no time taking advantage, as Mac Jones found Pharaoh Brown—who somehow got behind the entire defense and took it all the way to the house, making it 10-0 Pats.

Wilson and company, after going three and out once again, finally got on the board before the half. Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook were able to carry the load down the field to set up a Greg Zuerlein 52-yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 10-3 at the half. 

The second half opened up with New England driving 42 yards in 11 plays. They tacked on another field goal to make it 13-3. Wilson and the Jets finally started to get things going later in the 4th quarter. The drive started at their own 13 and Wilson started to find a groove—hitting Lazard, Cook, and Garrett Wilson on some passes.

Nick Bawden was able to plunge into the endzone, giving the Jets a chance to tie or take the lead if their defense made a stop. Gang Green’s defense was finally able to make a big stop and give the offense the ball back—but, in typical Jets fashion, Wilson was sacked in the end zone for a safety. 

The safety was just the cherry on top of an absolutely brutal day for this team. Four weeks ago, we were talking about a Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers. Heck, two weeks ago we all thought even without him this team should be good enough to make the playoffs. Some serious changes need to happen if this team is going to make a run. We will get more into that this week, but for now, the Jets are 1-2 with a date with Patrick Mahomes (and, apparently, Taylor Swift) and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.