Two common football cliches, “you have to play the game” because “on any given Sunday” any team can win, weren’t applicable to the Jets versus the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday.
There were no expectations from Jets fans their team would get a win. At 0-13, they have the dubious distinction of bearing the worst record in the franchise’s history. It would’ve been shocking if Seattle, now 9-4, didn’t do what they did—defeat the Jets decisively 40-3.
There were some fleeting positive moments for the Jets such as Corey Valentine’s 66-yard kickoff return after a Seahawks’ touchdown early in the second quarter, but not many. By then the Jets were already down 17-3 and ended the first half with an insurmountable 23-3 deficit.
“It got away from us very quickly,” said Jets head coach Adam Gase after the loss. “When you have a chance against a team like this, you better take advantage of them, or this is what the outcome is going to be.”
Jets kicker Sergio Castillo missed three field goals on the day, attempts he should have converted. It was nine points squandered his team desperately needed. It is part of the reason the Seahawks scored 37 straight after he gave the Jets a 3-0 lead at 10:21 of the first quarter on the game’s opening possession.
Former Jets safety Jamal Adams, who forced his way off of their roster last July in a trade to the Seahawks in return for two first round picks (2021 and 2022), a third-round pick (2021) and safety Bradley McDougald, didn’t show his ex-team any mercy. Adams, who was First Team All-Pro in 2019 and Second Team All-Pro in 2018, logged a sack, had a forced fumble and a near interception, all in the first half. It was his first time facing the Jets since the trade.
The closing three games for the Jets this season are likely to be as harsh as the previous 13. They will play the 9-4 Los Angeles Rams on the road this Sunday, followed by the Cleveland Browns at home Dec. 27, before ending their nightmare campaign against NFC East rival, the New England Patriots, on the road Jan. 3.