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Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Pats Always Get These Calls
The Jets got robbed on a call that may or may not have determined the winner of the game. With 8:31 to go in the 4th quarter Josh McCown (31-37, 354 yds.2 TDs, 2 INT.) threw a pass to the Pat's  2-yard line to Austin Seferian-Jenkins (8 rec.46 yds. 1 TD) who looked like he crossed the goal line to me and almost everyone else watching the game. The referees called the play a touchdown only to have it overturned and given to the Patriots as a touchback via a supposed Jenkins fumble. The NY Jets got screwed on this play and are owed an explanation from the league office. On top of that if there was ever a time when Todd Bowles needed to show passionate emotion on the sidelines, this was it. He is much too stoic. The play was called a touchdown and every angle they showed did not provide enough evidence to overturn it. Instant replay was not put into effect to overturn plays like this just because someone in the television booth in New York wants to decide what may have happened and overturns it. Where was the indisputable evidence? This was an insane call. With that being said there is no way of telling if the play remained a touchdown if the Jets would have won the game. But we will never know.  

Jets Smoking in the First 18 Minutes
The Jets came out smoking with a great game plan. They could not establish a running game for the second game in a row and McCown was on fire. He threw well and the Jets went out in front 14-0 on a touchdown pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins then one to Jeremy Kerley (2 rec. 61 yds).  On the first touchdown drive McCown hit Kerley for a 30-yard gain. McCown rolled out to his right and was actually almost tackled. He threw the ball high and Kerley made a leaping grab to set up a Sefarian-Jenkins TD catch three plays later. On the second TD, McCown hit Jermaine Kearse (4 rec. 79 yards) for 16-yards which took the Jets to the Pat’s 31-yard line. In the first quarter the Jets recovered a fumble by Mike Gillislee.

Brady Goes To Work
The Jets were leading 14-0 but the Patriots went to work putting together a 9-play drive that took 4:24 that ended with a Dion Lewis 1-yard TD run.. The big play on the drive was a pass interference by Jamaal Adams (he had a tough day) on Rob Gronkowski. After the two-minute warning the Jets punted the ball and the Pats drove but Gostkoswski missed a 47-yard field goal. The Jets started a drive but one of two key plays in the first half happened. McCown threw an interception to Malcolm Butler. The other big play was a potential interception dropped by Buster Skrine right in his hands. He intercepted Brady later in the second quarter but the McCown INT did the Jets in. I was watching the game in Connecticut with some relatives who were Patriot fans. After the interception I said “Here we go, 21-14.” My niece who was next to me said don’t you mean it will be 14-14. I said “Nope. Brady will score and lead the Pats to another score to start the second half.” And this is exactly what happened. After closing out the first half scoring with a TD pass to Gronkowski, Brady took the Pats dow the field on an 8-play drive that ended with a 33-yard TD pass to Gronkowski. The Jets traded field goals with the Pats in the fourth quarter but lost 24-17. The Jets last drive started on their own 27-yard line but stalled on their 49-yard line.

Jets Defense and Adams Whiff
Jamaal Adams had his second bad game in a row. With Brady and Gronkowski, it was like lesson day. Gronk had 6 receptions for 83-yards and 2 TD receptions. He made a very athletic Jamaal Adams look very un-athletic. Adams was not the only culprit on defense. Darron Lee continues to get burnt on pass coverage and even got away with an obvious pass interference. The Jets defensive line gets an F minus today. The Jets generated zero sacks (Pats had 4). Todd Bowles will tell you how sacks are overrated and pressure was put on Brady. But make no mistake Mo Wilkerson is doing his best to impersonate Claude Rains in the 1933 movie “The Invisible Man.” I’m tired of hearing about Wilkerson’s little nicks or toe turf. I can’t figure out which contract is worse, Wilkerson’s or Joakim Noah’s contract with the New York Knicks. You cannot beat Tom Brady without getting him sacked. I know he was hit a few times but when he gets sacked, he thinks about it and it affects his game. The Jets pass rush has been abysmal this season.

Jets Need A Thumper
The trend in the NFL was going away from drafting running backs early. In this quarterback driven pass happy league, the passing game was taking precedent. This is changing as teams are beginning to draft running backs early again. The Jets need what I call a "thumper." A running back who loves to hit people and run into the line of scrimmage. A running back who will wear down defenses in the second half. The Jets have had a few the last few years. Chris Ivory, Thomas Jones and Shone Greene were all pretty good thumpers. Leonard Fournette (Jaguars) is a good thumper. The Jets offensive line has given Josh McCown pretty good pass protection the last two game but their running game has been MIA (Missing In Action). 74 net yards today and 34 net yards against the Browns. This is not acceptable in the NFL. The running backs the Jets have are not thumpers. Also it looks like tackle Brent Qvale is a better run blocker than Brandon Shell. When Shell was sidelined, the running game had more giddy up to it. John Morton has got to get this straightened out. Looking ahead, coming out of college in the next draft are a couple of good thumpers; Jaylen Samuels, FB, N.C. State  and  Dimitri Flowers, FB, Oklahoma.

Green Tidbits
…..Time of possession, Pats 26:20, Jets 33:40….Zebras picked up their flag. No penalty after it was called when Robby Anderson got whacked pretty good by a Pat player leading with his helmet…..Morris Claiborne got burned a few times but his play was excellent…..Hold it a second, Judge and Sanchez just struck out again….Pats got 24 unanswered points. Not good!…..McCown burned 2 timeouts in 3rd quarter. Can’t happen…..Through six games Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson both have zero sacks…..DB Daryl Roberts who missed Browns game continues to keep other DBs on the bench when he plays. He was a good pick up…..Jets fans and Todd Bowles need to understand that clock management is not just the last 2 minutes of each half. Clock management in the NFL is a 60 minute effort.....The Jets got robbed bad by the officials on the Seferian-Jenkins non-touchdown, but here's the thing about these Jets: They didn't quit….

QB Watch
The 3 Amigos
1. Sam Darnold USC, 27-50 358 yds. 3TDs in win vs. Utah
2. Josh Rosen UCLA, 20-34 219 yds. 0 TDs, 3 INTs in loss vs. Arizona
3. Josh Allen Wyoming, 18-26 208 yds. 1 TD, 1 INT in win vs. Utah State

1. Lamar Jackson Louisville, 19-39 332 yds. 2 TDs, 1 INT in loss to Boston College
2. Baker Mayfield Oklahoma, 17-27 302 yds.2 TDs, 1 INT in win vs. Texas
3. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, 19-31 459 yds. 3 TDS in win over Baylor
4. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern, 27-49 293 yds. 1 TD, 1 INT in win over Maryland
5. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State, 19-30 241 yds. 2 TDs, 2 INT in win over BYU
6. Chase Litton, Marshall, 12-23 176 yds. 3 TDs in win over Old Dominion 

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