By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
You said it many times Sunday afternoon, and you want to say it again.
Same old Jets.
For most of the game in Buffalo, the Jets were putrid in their 27-17 loss to the Bills. It certainly wasn’t as close as the final score.
The Jets knew it wasn’t going to easy, and it was harder than it should have been.
There is plenty to fix before San Francisco comes East for their home opener next Sunday at Met Life. They then have to Indianapolis to battle the fiery Colts.
Could we be looking at an 0-3 start and another possible 1-7 first half? Sunday’s showing could lead you down that road.
Buffalo looked like a team in midseason form in the opening half, while the Jets looked like a team worn out after a humid summer practice.
This was a Bills team that wasted a pair of missed field goals from their rookie kicker, and a certain touchdown when quarterback Josh Allen overthrew wide-open Josh brown in the end zone. He threw for a career-high 312 yards.
Allen, who did lose two fumbles, called a brilliant game, as he kept the vaunted Jets’ defense off-balance all afternoon with bootlegs and plenty of effective play-action.
The Jets’ defense looked sluggish and bewildered most of the afternoon, and most of defensive coordinator’s Gregg Williams’ blitzes were picked off and his zones were too deep and open. Six penalties overall are way out of character for Williams’ defense.
Sunday confirmed that the Jets have a cornerback problem. Pierre Desir was benched in the first half and Nate Hariston, Brian Poole, and Bless Austin all were adequate to say the least.
Strong safety Marcus Maye easily was the standout on defense, as he caused a fumble and recorded two sacks and two pass breakups. He took the first step to make Jets’ fans forget Jamal Adams.
Sam Darnold’s offense never quite got in sync all afternoon as they had one first down in the opening quarter. Darnold did finish with some respectable numbers (21 for 25 for 215 yards with an interception and a touchdown), but he threw an ill-advised interception in the first half.
At one point in the first half, the Jets had more yardage in penalties (55) than total offense. Enough said.
The lone bright spot was Jamison Crowder, who took a dump pass a few yards out and raced 69 yards for the Jets’ first score. Crowder, who has been the most consistent performer the past two yards, had seven catches for 115 yards.
A big sore spot was Le’Veon Bell, who had some spurts running and catching before a tight hamstring ended his day after the first half. Remember when head coach Adam Gase took away his reps due to a hamstring and Bell denied he had issues? Stay tuned with this scenario.
As for Gase, his team still committed their share of head-scratching trademark penalties — a delay of game after a time out for one – that marred his first season last year.
The clock is ticking. Gase and Darnold know it.
These guys have a plan themselves going out there before we even said anything,” Gase said. “It was good to see how all of those guys were working together. There is so much for us to clean up. It was a rough game. We didn’t play well enough. We have to get a lot of things fixed in a short period of time.”
“There were some details that we’ve got to figure out and we’re going to figure out,” added Darnold. “But it’s Week One and we’ve just got to figure out what we did wrong and correct those mistakes and not let them happen again.
If not, those Jets still will be the same. Go ahead, say it again.