With Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Jets have mathematically elminated themselves from any chance for a playoff spot this season.  Not that anyone in their right mind would ever think that the 2021 New York Jets would ever make the playoffs this year anyways.  I had higher hopes for this season but sometimes optimisim is the opiate of the football fan and a sports writer’s worst nightmare.

At any rate, the 30-9 loss helped the Saints avert a five-game losing skid.  Sadly, the Jets never landed in the end zone and their only offensive firepower was kicker #3 for the season.  Zach Wilson went back to his usual rookie ways and threw 19 for 42 passes for 202 but never discovered that ten yard end of the field where magic points are earned.  The tone of this game was set early when Ty Johnson, in for Michael Carter and Tevin Coleman, dropped three passes in the first quarter.  This was the overall offensive theme for the day as they never seemed to actually come out of the tunnel to be involved in this game.  La’Mical Perine was a non-factor on Sunday and had hardly any ball touches.

The real big disappointment offensively lies in how Denzel Mims shot himself and the Jets in the foot multiple times in the first half.  Mims had a real chance to shine on Sunday and become the go-to wideout but two costly penalties before halftime had him watching the rest of the game from the sidelines behind Keelan Cole and D.J. Montgomery, who recently got his promotion from the practice squad.  Sadly, the only real offensive spark of the day came off of the leg of kicker Eddy Pineiro, the third Jets kicker this season. Pineiro was perfect at three for three on FG attemps including a 46 yard kick.  If there were any offensive game balls given out by head coach Robert Saleh, I hope that lone game ball ended in the hands of Eddy Pineiro who kept this game from being a shutout.

As the Jet offense seemed like they were sleep walking during this game, the Jets defense was the only unit that made a game of it yesterday.  C.J. Mosley registered 17 tackles and Quincy Williams had eight tackles, one tackle for a loss and a defended pass to keep the Jets from losing in a rout.  The biggest problem is whenever the Jets offense is firing on all cylinders, the Jets defense moves like a one cylinder lawn mower engine and vice-versa  There never seems to be a cohesive, purposeful game plan each week as the Jets have muddled through the season acting out this Jekyll and Hyde routine, never knowing which Jets team is going to show up each Sunday.  The end result of this frustrating year is another season without making the playoffs.  The Jets now have the dubious distinction of being the only team in the NFL to have missed the playoffs every year since 2010 (even the Detroit Lions made the playoffs back in the 2016-17 season.)  There are four games left and next week the Jets play the Miami Dolphins in a divisional game.  Maybe, just maybe there’s a bit of Christmas magic in the air and the Jets can get another win to finish out the season a little bit brighter.  Then again, maybe not.

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