Grading the Jets’ 27-20 loss to the Falcons in London on Sunday.
The Jets started off slowly … again. They went three-and-out on their first two drives and turned the ball over on the third. Quarterback Zach Wilson (19-of-32, 192 yards, 1 INT, 63.5 QB rating) struggled to complete even easy passes. The Jets had no running game to speak of (64 total rushing yards) and managed just 230 total yards on 52 plays. The Jets only had three drives of longer than four plays. Wide receiver Corey Davis (four catches, 45 yards) had a quiet day.
The Jets could not get off the field on third down, allowing the Falcons to convert 9-of-14 on the down. With Calvin Ridley out, it was pretty clear who the Falcons would go to, but the Jets could not stop rookie tight end Kyle Pitts (nine catches, 119 yards, TD) or RB/WR Cordarrelle Patterson (114 total yards from scrimmage). Quarterback Matt Ryan (33-of-45, 342 yards, 2 TDS, 109.7 rating) picked the Jets apart and negated the pass rush (0 sacks) by getting rid of the ball quickly. Linebackers Quincy Williams (two forced fumbles) and C.J. Mosley (one forced fumble) did some damage.
Tevin Coleman returned the opening kickoff of the second half 65 yards and that set up a Jets touchdown. Sunday was the first time Coleman ever returned kicks in the NFL. Punter Thomas Morstead put two punt inside the 20 and kicker Matt Ammendola hit two field goals but missed an extra point. The coverage teams were good.
The Jets looked like they were not ready to play. That is on the coaches. The team went three-and-out on their first two series. The defense could not stop Pitts or Patterson. Robert Saleh spoke all week about how great the team’s plan was for dealing with the trip to London. It did not show. Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur made some really questionable calls. Give them credit for some in-game adjustments that slowed the Falcons in the second half, but the first half was inexcusable.
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