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Jets Report Card: Talking was cheap


Standings for the Jets’ 22-17 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

Offense

The Jets had a total offense of nearly 400 yards, but much of it felt like empty yards. QB Zach Wilson (20 of 41, 355 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs, 64.6 rating) killed the Jets with his interceptions. The Jets had no rush game to speak of with Breece Hall and gained just 51 yards on 15 carries. WR Garrett Wilson (6 catches, 115 yards) and TE Tyler Conklin (6 catches, 79 yards, 2 TDs) were the top performers on offense.

To note: D

Defense

The setter roughing penalty given to John Franklin-Myers was backbreaking. It nullified an interception return for a touchdown and gave the Patriots a chance to score before halftime. Other than that penalty and the first two practices after halftime, the defense played well. He had six sacks from Patriots QB Mac Jones (24 of 35, 194 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 79.9 rating) and Michael Carter II had an interception.

To note: C+

Jets coach Robert Saleh shakes hands with Bill Belichick after Sunday’s loss.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Special teams

After weeks of good play, that unity faltered on Sunday. Kicker Braden Mann punted 22 yards early in the game and slipped at the second half kickoff, resulting in a bad kick. The Patriots also had a 32-yard punt return. Kicker Greg Zuerlein missed a 45-yard field goal.

To note: D

framing

This game seemed too big for the Jets all week. All the talk about revenge for last year’s loss to the Patriots seemed like a bad idea. Robert Saleh should have crushed this speech. Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur needs to find some creativity in the running game with Hall out. The Jets can’t win with 43 assists and just 15 points.

To note: D

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