Now’s the time for the Jets to improve in the win column
Vincent Davis | 10/4/2018, 3:33 p.m. | Updated on 10/4/2018, 3:33 p.m.
Out of the 12 NFL games that have been played so far by the three New York teams, the Jets, Giants and yes Buffalo, the team miles and miles away from the big city, there are a combined total of three wins. One each per team.
The Jets won their opening season road game against the Detroit Lions. The Giants won the third game on their schedule, also on the road, against the Houston Texans, as did Buffalo, an unexpected blowout of the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota.
For the Jets, if they expect to pad their win column with a 2, a 3 or a 4, the time is now. The 2 and 2 Denver Broncos are on the schedule for Sunday, the 1 and 3 Indianapolis Colts the next, and then the Vikings, three MetLife home games in a row. No travel. No more rush of games. Monday night and Thursday night games are behind them. They can focus on things such as blown coverages and mental and physical errors, one of the excuses for Sunday’s 31-12 road loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first quarter, the defensive squad couldn’t get off the field.
“There were things that we’ve got to sure up that we will sure up and take care of this week in practice so it doesn’t happen on Sunday,” emphasized Todd Bowles, the Jets’ head coach.
But were they mental or physical team errors? “Mental and physical,” noted the coach. “It’s things that we do every day that we just didn’t do. We’ll address it and take care of it going forward. It doesn’t usually happen and it happened, but we will take care of that.”
Denver’s two wins were at home, the first games of the season. Their losses the last two weeks were to the Baltimore Ravens and the 4 and 0 Kansas City Chiefs, one of this season’s two remaining unbeaten teams. Denver gave up 27 points to each in the two losses.
The Jets did show some signs of brilliance on Sunday. In the first quarter, defensive end Henry Anderson sacked Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles in the red zone on a third down to force a field goal. Anderson now leads the team in sacks.
In the third quarter, linebacker Avery Williamson tipped a pass by Bortles to set up an interception by cornerback Darryl Roberts. Williamson also forced a fumble in the fourth quarter.
Leonard Williams, the Jets’ fourth year linebacker, recorded his first sack of the season in the second quarter for a 10-yard Jacksonville loss. Roberts intercepted Bortles for the second time in his career, and tight end Jordan Leggett scored his first touchdown as a professional, and made his first career catch, a nine-yard reception in the second quarter.