By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets lost to the Detroit Lions, 16-6, Saturday night.
Though it wasn’t a great game for the offense as a whole, quarterback Bryce Petty certainly redeemed his preseason Week 1 performance, as he went 15-of-24 with 160 yards and an interception, although the pick came on a Hail Mary with five seconds to go, so you can’t really count it against him. He did struggle inside the 30, but the fact he was able to take the preseason roster into that position, shows definite signs of improvement.
The offense did struggle outside of Petty, putting up just six points. Christian Hackenberg was the surprise starter at quarterback, but ended up going just 2-of-6 for 14 yards. The highlight of his night was a 12-yard scramble for a first down. That was it for the highlights, however, as the offense did nothing in the first half and the offensive line did little to help the second year player.
Bilal Powell rushed nine times for 32 yards. Jordan Leggett had two catches for 40 yards, but had a ball hit him in the chest in the end zone that should have been an easy touchdown. Myles White had three catches for 43 while rookies ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen each had two catches. Quarterback Josh McCown didn’t play.
The defense did not have the same success they did last week. Morris Claiborne, Darron Lee and Demario Davis led the team in tackles, and it’s never a good thing when one of your cornerbacks is among the leaders in that category. Claiborne also got beat for a touchdown pass. Davis, Josh Martin and Corey Lemonier each had a sack, with Lemonier also intercepting a pass. Rookie Marcus Maye also had a solid game, with five tackles.
The kicker battle has gotten interesting for the Jets, as Ross Martin went 1-for-2. He missed from 56, a similar miss to Catanzaro’s from last week, and made one from 31.
With the loss, the Jets can no longer go 23-0, what a bummer.
Next week the Jets take on the Giants at MetLife, so even though it’s listed as an away game, and the stadium will be decked out in blue, no travel will be involved for the Green and White.