What is an NFL Sunday, Monday, or Thursday without a New York Jets loss? Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium, they kept it close, but a Geno Smith pick six put a dagger on the game and potentially the season for Gang Green. The Broncos improved to 4-1 while the Jets fell to 1-5.
The season is now in shambles.
A 1-5 start with the Patriots coming up next on the road in just four days pretty much ends the Jets season. The defense kept the Jets around, but once again the offense just could not get much going. The rushing game was embarrassingly badly, running for a total of 31 yards. That meant it was all on Smith to lead the Jets offense. Those words never equal anything positive. Smith threw for just 190 yards. He completed just 23 of 43 passes and had that pick six in the final seconds. Just another week at the office.
Making matters worse, it looks like the Jets best cornerback Dee Milliner could miss the rest of the season with a torn achilles. Their cornerbacks will now be comprised of third, fourth, and fifth-stringers. To think it’s not even halfway through the year is a scary thought for a team that was expected to improve from their eight-win total in 2013. The Jets now enter must-win mode every week because you’re not getting in the playoffs in the AFC unless you win 10 games. That’s a pipe dream at this point.
Peyton Manning had himself a day per usual, throwing for 237 yards and three touchdowns. He is now just two touchdowns behind Brett Favre for the all-time TD record. It also took a load off him a bit after a Super Bowl loss at MetLife in February. The Broncos are in cruise control and will have a tough matchup coming up with the 49ers coming to Denver.
As for the Jets, the schedule doesn’t get easier with a trip to Foxborough days away. The Patriots are back in a groove while the Jets are going in the other direction. With another key injury hampering Gang Green, Rex Ryan is pretty much on a life boat at this point. It would be shocking at this point if he makes it through the entire season as the head coach.