By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets dropped their third straight game Sunday afternoon, 25-20 to the Atlanta Falcons, dropping their record to 3-5. And with every loss, the Jets’ chances of a playoff bid keep slipping away. The game was going pretty well for the Jets until Jeremy Kerley muffed a punt return in the fourth quarter, allowing the Falcons to score, resulting in another fourth quarter lead lost.
Josh McCown went 26-of-33 for 257 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions. It is the first time he didn’t throw an interception since Week 3.
The Jets had an atrocious running game, with 43 yards total, 33 coming from Bilal Powell. But Powell and Matt Forté do continue to redeem themselves in the receiving game. Forté had 45 yards receiving, while Powell had 28. They were second and third on the team in receiving yards, respectively.
The leading receiver was Robby Anderson, who had 105 yards as well as a touchdown. It was his first 100-yard receiving game this season. Austin Seferian-Jenkins had 28 yards from 5 catches. He also had a penalty called on him during the Jets final play, resulting in a 10-second runoff and a premature ending to the game. Eric Tomlinson, the other tight end, had one catch for 20 yards and a touchdown. Tomlinson is slowly but surely creeping his way back into the lineup after his injury. He now has four games with 20+ yards receiving, and he will surely be hoping to see a role increase as a reward. Keep an eye out for Tomlinson.
The defense was very good today, but just not great enough to win. They had two fumble recoveries, both coming on Matt Ryan fumbling the snap due to the rainy weather in East Rutherford. Demario Davis had eight tackles, Marcus Maye had six and Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon and Darron Lee each had five. Wilkerson had the only New York sack.
Chandler Catanzaro had a notable day, and this week, it was not for a good reason. He was 2-for-4 on field goals, with a long of 46. All around the league today, quite a few field goals and extra points were missed. So going into winter, it appears even “simple” kicks will no longer be as simple as they seem.
The Jets will now have a short week as they will host the Buffalo Bills this Thursday. If the Jets get the upset at home, the Bills would own the tiebreaker if it came to that late in the season.