Jets’ Numbing Performance Signals Fleeting Finish

By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/

After thinking about the Jets’ 40-3 loss at Seattle Sunday, I developed a case of writer’s block.

There weren’t too many good or even bad situations to write about or explain.

It was a very bland and predictable outcome. The white flag was waved in the third quarter. Is the infamous “Heidi” video still available?

It was a Jets’ performance where you could have played Pink Floyd’s classic “Comfortably Numb” in the background.

It was that kind of game.

In fact, I tried to recall when I saw Seattle head coach Pete Carroll begin taking out his starters in the third quarter. That’s typically the rite reserved for a high school game.

Only an old Jets’ storyline — ex-Jet and backup quarterback Geno Smith entering the game to replace Russell Wilson — added some spark. Wilson called it a day after he was near perfect with four touchdown passes in less than three quarters. 

There was former Jet wrecking ball safety Jamal Adams playing his first game against his ex-mates and his pregame hug to former head coach Adam Gase, who Adams had issues with.

Adams dropped an interception early in the game, but his plot line soon faded.

Otherwise, this was a tough one to describe besides the obvious that the Jets’ defense was manhandled after the first quarter, and the Jets’ offense had only a few glimpses aside from a rather inept afternoon.

Safety Marcus Maye, who continues to make his case for a contract extension before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next season, snared an acrobatic, one handed interception that kept the Jets in the game at 7-3. 

Overall, Maye has a good game and has been a bright spot throughout this dismal season. It will be interesting to see if the Jets negotiate with him in the next few weeks.

Quarterback Sam Darnold was out of sync with a 132-yard effort in which he spent most of the game on the run. 

Wide receiver Brett Perriman dropped two catchable balls, and punt returner/receiver Braxton Barrios had the longest reception with a 34-yard catch along the sidelines. 

Ty Johnson and Josh Adams, who re-energized the running game against Las Vegas last week, had a one or two spurts in the third quarter, were basically ineffective throughout the game, and Frank Gore was grinded to a halt from his usual contributions.

Sergio Castillo, a growing possible solution to the Jets’ kicking woes, missed three field goals and his opening 37-yard conversion. His failed 45-yarder could have been a momentum swinger and brought the Jets to within 7-6 early on. (Injured Sam Ficken, you still have your job.)

Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, who had come into his own this season as last year’s first-rounder, was fairly quiet as well as his other linemates. Linebacker Neville Hewitt and Harvery Langi kept busy as the team’s leading tacklers.

I guess there were some issues to write about, but none of them were intriguing.

This 185 total yards, 410 yards allowed overall comatose performance may have qualmed any doubts on which direction this team is headed for 2021.

Trevor Lawrence and a new cast of characters will be on the marquee for 2021. Darnold may still pull out some surprises in the final three games, but it looks more like a longshot.

The Jets will stay on the West Coast for the Rams next Sunday, return home for the finale with Cleveland, and then end it in New England in January.

Comfortably numb. Get used to the feeling for the final three games.

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