FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Jets are officially into their bye week, but you can make a case that they started it shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday.
They showed very little fight and very little resistance in their 30-14 loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. They fell behind by 20 less than two minutes into the second quarter and trailed by 30 before being gifted two late touchdowns to make the score look far closer than it was.
The Jets head into their bye week 0-3 and have gone nine quarters without scoring an offensive touchdown.
“Offensively, we were atrocious,” coach Adam Gase said. “As bad as you can get. We have a lot to fix. We have to address all these issues that we’re having right now.”
The Jets were given little chance to win without starting quarterback Sam Darnold, middle linebacker C.J. Mosley, outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. The oddsmakers had them as 21-point underdogs. But the way the Patriots (3-0) are playing and the way Gase’s offense has been conducting itself, the Jets would have been given little chance even if any or all of them were healthy.
Gase has been called an offensive genius, but the Jets looked inept. In the fourth quarter, Le’Veon Bell and Robby Anderson collided while crossing by each other. The play ended seconds later with Luke Falk getting sacked.
The Jets totaled only 105 yards of offense and only six first downs, two of them on defensive penalties. During one first half stretch, they totaled minus-15 yards of offense over three series. They wound up 0-for-12 on third downs.
The Jets had 13 offensive possessions. They punted 10 times, turned the ball over once, gave up the ball on downs once and had the first half clock run out.
“We’re off,” Gase said. “We are so off. We’ve got to figure out what’s going on with all 11 guys on the field.”
Falk, making his first NFL start, completed 12 of 22 passes for 98 yards with one interception. He was sacked five times as the offensive line continued to be a disappointment. Bell carried the ball 18 times for 35 yards.
Gase was happy with Falk’s effort but indicated that there were breakdowns all around him.
“There was a lot of things that he did really well that he didn’t get a lot of help with,” he said. “He got to some really good checks there and we didn’t execute them. It was a little frustrating to see that the guy in his first NFL start knows what’s going on and other guys aren’t executing it the way it should be done.”
Things got so bad for the Jets that even Patriots coach Bill Belichick showed some pity. He pulled Tom Brady from the game with 8:41 left and the Jets down 30-7.
Belichick inserted rookie Jarrett Stidham and his third pass was intercepted by Jamal Adams, who returned it 61 yards for his first career pick-6.
On the next series, Brady was back out there and finished the game. He went 28-for-42 for 306 yards and two touchdowns.
The Jets’ first score came from special teams as Arthur Maulet fell on a muffed punt in the end zone with 21 seconds left in the third quarter.
“It’s brutal,” Gase said. “It’s one of those things where it’s infuriating because you’re watching the defense and special teams play as hard as they can and they’re executing what they’re asked to do for a majority of the game and then we’re not holding [up] our end on offense.”
The Jets’ defense wasn’t great, as the Patriots scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the game: a 5-yard run by Sony Michel, a 25-yard pass to Phillip Dorsett and a 3-yard pass to Julian Edelman.
Edelman left the game in the first half with a chest injury and didn’t return. If he had, it might have been worse for the Jets.
“It’s only three games, man,” Adams said. “We’re fine.”
The Jets are not fine, but they think things will get better after the bye. They should, at least a little. When they return to face the 1-2 Eagles in Philadelphia on Oct. 6, they could have Darnold, Mosley, Williams and Jenkins back. But that’s not the cure-all. They have issues they need to clean up and correct.
“We got to look at a lot of things over this bye week,” Gase said. “I never thought I’d say Week 4 bye week, I’m glad it’s here. We got to address some things. We got to figure out what’s going on. We’re not in sync. We’re not doing a good job of working together. We got to get that fixed.”
The Jets have not scored an offensive touchdown on their 29 possessions since Le’Veon Bell’s 9-yard TD reception with 7:01 left in the third quarter of the Week 1 loss to the Bills. The breakdown:
4 LOSS OF DOWNS
1 FIELD GOAL
1 END OF HALF
1 END OF GAME