The New York Jets entered their game at MetLife Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers as big underdogs, missing Darrelle Revis and barely escaping with a close win over the Miami Dolphins the week before. The Jets proved those predicting an easy 49ers win correct, as San Francisco trounced Gang Green 34-0. The Jets defense did its best to keep it a game, with the score 10-0 at halftime. Turnovers and an absolutely inept offense did in the Jets, with the defense eventually breaking after trying to carry the team with no help most of the game.
The New York Jets offense left the defense out to dry, unable to string together a drive and handing the San Francisco 49ers four turnovers. It was a horrific offensive outing that was reminiscent of last season's struggles – no one expected the Jets to light up the scoreboard this year, but it was assumed that a commitment to running the football would lead to better time of possession numbers and reduce turnovers. It hasn't happened.
The Jets were 2-for-13 on third downs Sunday, had the ball for 23:04 (13 minutes less than the 49ers) and had just 145 total yards. The offense also surrendered a defensive touchdown on a Carlos Rogers fumble return. Mark Sanchez finished the day with 103 yards passing and an interception. He finished with a quarterback rating of 39.9, just 0.3 better than 49ers backup Colin Kaepernick, who threw one pass on the day – an incompletion.
It was the second straight week that the Jets watched a major player go down to injury, with Santonio Holmes suffering a foot injury. The injury appeared serious, which would deal another blow to a Jets offense that has struggled every week except for the first game against the Buffalo Bills. Dustin Keller did not play, but the Jets desperately need him to return soon if Santonio Holmes is going to be out.
Rex Ryan was disgusted by the effort and apologized for his team. He then announced that players would not be allowed in the team facility today or tomorrow, saying the team needs to do some soul searching. The Jets host the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football in week five.
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