By Reid McEvoy
Well, the New York Jets were shell-shocked. The Jets lost 23-0 in a terrible game against the Denver Broncos Sunday. It was the first time the Jets were shutout since Week 5 of the 2014 season, when Geno Smith was under center against the San Diego Chargers.
Quarterback Josh McCown left the game twice, and the second time did not return. Last week’s AFC Offensive Player of the Week went to the locker room after breaking his non-throwing hand, and coach Todd Bowles said he is unsure whether the injury will end his season or not. If McCown can't go, Bowles said Bryce Petty would start.
McCown went 6-of-12 for 46 yards with an interception and fumble lost. He was sacked four times. Bryce Petty came in for the injured McCown and went 2-of-9 for 14 yards. Petty showed a lack of confidence in the pocket, missed wildly on throws, and didn’t venture to throw the ball more than seven yards downfield.
Bilal Powell was the main back, rushing for 35 yards on 13 attempts. Matt Forté added 13 yards. In total, the Jets ran for 59 yards, which, unfortunately, isn’t a season low. Robby Anderson led the team with three catches for 27 yards, one of which an amazing contested catch. Forté had 21 receiving yards. The team passed for just 60 yards.
On defense, Demario Davis had 12 tackles, Mo Wilkerson had six tackles and a sack and David Bass had three tackles and a sack.
Overall, it was an atrocious game for the offense, and you can’t really blame the defense, as they were consistently put in terrible positions. Next week, the Jets visit the 9-4 Saints, and this is not a game the Jets will expect to win, especially if Alvin Kamara has recovered from his concussion by then.