The Jets are now in a free fall, losers of four of their last five games, following a 24-17 loss at the Houston Texans Sunday. With the loss, the Jets are now 5-5.
Perhaps their worst game of the season, the Jets never led in Houston, going down 3-0 early in the second quarter and tying the game at 10-10 in the third quarter when Ryan Fitzpatrick found Brandon Marshall for a 21-yard reception. But they were forever chasing, their offense stuck in neutral until the third quarter and the defense showing very little.
It was a sloppy game on both sides of the ball for the Jets, who fell behind 24-10 early in the fourth quarter. New York had seven penalties for 54 yards but it was the untimely character of most of the penalties that sunk this team at important moments.
To make matters worse, Darrelle Revis left with a head injury to undergo concussion protocol.
Three Things We Learned from the Jets in Week 11:
1. Defensive Struggles
Against Texans backup quarterback, T.J. Yates, the Jets struggled to stop the offense. Yates had a solid day, as did DeAndre Hopkins - who had five catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets pass rush was supposed to have a field day but had just one sack, allowing the secondary to get picked apart by a methodical Texans offense. Head coach Todd Bowles was supposed to be a defensive guru but his unit has been average at best in recent weeks.
2. Fitzpatrick? Thumbs Meh
After having surgery for torn ligaments in his left thumb nine days earlier, Fitzpatrick didn't miss a start as he played every snap against his old team. Against the Texans, he looked decidedly average. There was a third quarter touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall and then a six-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. But there were also some bad throws down the field as well as two fourth quarter interceptions that killed any chance of a Jets comeback. Fitzpatrick doesn't shoulder all the blame as he is clearly not at 100 percent. Perhaps Geno Smith is a better option at this juncture.
3. Houston, We Have a Meltdown
After a 3-1 start to the year, the Jets are in serious trouble. Not only have they dropped to 5-5, the win levels the Texans' record to 5-5 - allowing another team to get into Wild Card position. It is hard to see this team making the postseason, at this point, with six games left. The Jets have very little room for error moving forward. Frankly, they just aren't good enough right now to extend their season.