Originally written on Turn On The Jets  |  Last updated 9/13/13
Before the season, many reasonable people would have signed up for the New York Jets being 1-1 after two games, with a 13-10 loss in New England on a short week. However, that doesn’t ease the immediate sting of losing a very winnable game to your rivals. Tonight’s game was there for the taking but the Jets made one too many mistakes and not enough plays. Turnovers. Dropped passes. Questionable play calls. Blown coverages. No loss to New England is easy to stomach but the Jets had a real chance to be 2-0 tonight and they missed it. Geno Smith is a 2nd round rookie…playing on a short week against Bill Belichick. There was going to be mistakes and there is going to be more mistakes going forward. His first interception was a true killer, with the Jets in position for a game tying field goal in the 4th quarter. His 2nd and 3rd interceptions were both poor decisions that he simply has to avoid. However, he received no help from his offensive coordinator and his wide receivers. Marty Mornhinweg was way too pass happy, particularly on a rainy night with a below average group of receivers. Chris Ivory had 12 carries for 52 yards…he needs more touches. Geno Smith dropped back 39 times…that is too many. You need to protect your rookie quarterback to an extent and Mornhinweg didn’t protect him at all tonight. The Jets wide receivers were awful tonight. Stephen Hill had 4 receptions for 86 yards but a brutal fumble on a play that probably should have been a touchdown, along with a few drops. He remains unpolished with his route running and has no concept of catching the football with his hands and attacking the football in the air. Clyde Gates was an unmitigated disaster: 2 catches on 8 targets and at least 3 drops, including one in the end-zone. Gates looks like a poor man’s Hill, which is scary to say the least. Bilal Powell had a drop. Ryan Spadola had a drop. Help your quarterback out, fellas. Defensively, the jets blew an assignment on New England’s first drive allowing an easy touchdown. After that, the Jets offense handed the Patriots 3 points due to Hill’s fumble. Beyond that. they were completely dominant. Tom Brady was 19/39 for 185 yards. Stevan Ridley had 16 carries for 40 yards. Yes, Julian Edelman had 13 receptions but they only went for 78 yards. None of the blame tonight can fairly be put on that side of the football. Special teams were a disappointment as Robert Malone struggled and Kyle Wilson was poor on punt returns, while the Jets opted to actually forego using a punt returner in certain situations. Bizarre. What is concerning moving forward is that Muhammad Wilkerson hurt his ankle towards the end of the game and his status could be questionable for the upcoming game against Buffalo. There was also a sideline scuffle late in the 4th quarter, which led to D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Willie Colon being ejected…there is a chance, hopefully a small one, that they could be suspended for the Buffalo game. Regardless, the Jets will now have 10 days to rest up and prepare for what should be a very winnable game in their building against rookie quarterback EJ Manuel and the Bills. Step back from the ledge Jets fans, it is just one loss. You have a rookie quarterback, there is going to be a learning curve. Stay with us in the coming days for full analysis and breakdown of tonight’s action and preview content for Jets/Bills.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Nets believe they can trade Deron Williams

Mickelson likely committed no crime even if he gambled

Report: Dwyane Wade to decline option, become a free agent

Darren McFadden: I feel like a rookie again

Report: Mavericks a favorite to land DeAndre Jordan

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Kevin Love likely to re-sign with Cavaliers

Bo Ryan announces he'll coach Wisconsin one more season

Jadeveon Clowney must balance expectations in recovery

Report: Suns may shop Eric Bledsoe in trade talks

Cam Newton ready to embrace pressure from massive contract

Are the Patriots treated differently than other teams?

Fred Smoot: I played with gay players, 'everyone knew'

Bobby Portis brings donuts for media at press conference

John Calipari shares his thoughts on Confederate flag

Steve Weatherford, Jason Kelce get into Twitter beef

Larry Nance Jr. apologized to 'Mr. Bryant' for rapist tweet

J.J. Watt 'tackles' stage crasher at Zac Brown Band show

Jimmy Butler reportedly wants to leave Bulls, sign with Lakers

Selecting the 2015 National League All-Stars

Taking a look at the Philadelphia Sixers' latest horde

Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn showcase sword fighting skills

Five injuries having the biggest effect on MLB playoff race

Jeff Francoeur makes one of the worst throws in history

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Reminiscing on 'Love & Basketball' 15 years later

Selecting the 2015 NL All-Stars

The Sixers' latest horde

Projected landing spots for NBA's top free agents

MLB changes format for Home Run Derby

Revis to work out with Patriots DBs

Peterson: I'm still NFL's best RB

Kobe gives great quote on friendship

Winners, losers and steals of the NHL Draft

Carmelo calls Porzingis a 'steal'

WATCH: J.J. Watt scores hockey goal

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.