The season can’t end soon enough for the Jets.
Mercifully, it will in three weeks, but it’s felt as if it’s been over for a long time. And games like Sunday’s in Seattle show just how far away the Jets are from being a competitive and competent team.
They fell to 0-13 after putting up very little fight in a 40-3 loss to the Seahawks, and they now are three defeats from becoming the third team in NFL history to go 0-16.
Jets fans whose Christmas wish is for their team to lose as many games as possible to draft Trevor Lawrence have a really good shot of getting that. The Jets’ final three games are at the L.A. Rams, home for Cleveland and at New England.
This is the first time the Jets have lost 13 consecutive games, and it was the most lopsided loss in a season that’s been filled with bad and ugly defeats.
It didn’t come down to the final series, as last week’s loss to the Raiders had. The Jets scored the first three points of the game and then gave up 40 unanswered.
"Last week was probably the one that felt a little different as far as just the hurt," Adam Gase said. "I know they all make you feel like [expletive]."
The Jets said the last-second loss to the Raiders had no bearing on Sunday’s game, but this one was over quickly. They trailed 23-3 at the half and 37-3 late in the third quarter.
That’s when Seattle coach Pete Carroll removed Russell Wilson and replaced him with former Jets quarterback Geno Smith.
"You got to show up on Sundays ready to play," safety Marcus Maye said. "You got to execute. You got to know that it’s live bullets. You got to show up on Sunday ready to play."
Jamal Adams didn’t have a dominant game against his old team, but it wasn’t necessary as Seattle cruised, moving back into a tie with the Rams atop the NFC West at 9-4. Adams, who was traded to Seattle in July, finished with five tackles and a sack. It gave him 8.5 on the season, establishing a single-season record for defensive backs.
The Jets got very little going offensively. The few times they did, they didn’t get much to show for it.
Sergio Castillo kicked a field goal on the Jets’ opening series but missed his next three attempts.
Sam Darnold was 14-for-26 for 132 yards against the worst passing defense in the NFL. The Jets totaled only 185 yards.
"It sucks," Darnold said. "We just got to watch the tape and get better and see what we can do to continue to improve."
When asked about being a part of the first Jets team to lose 13 in a row, he said, "We got to be better."
Defensively, the Jets had no answers for the Seattle offense. Interim defensive coordinator Frank Bush, who replaced the fired Gregg Williams, couldn’t come up with anything to slow down Wilson and the Seahawks.
Wilson completed 21 of 27 passes for 206 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. DK Metcalf caught six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Running back Chris Carson had 98 yards from scrimmage and scored a rushing TD.
"They were able to run the ball and throw the ball," Maye said. "We couldn’t make them one-dimensional. When you can’t do that, it’s tough to stop a team when you let them get whatever they want."
Things started well for the Jets, who scored on their first possession for the seventh consecutive game. It’s the rest of the game that often is the problem, and it was again.
Castillo connected on a 45-yard field goal on the opening series but missed field-goal attempts of 37, 41 and 43 yards in the second quarter.
"After the first kick, I felt pretty confident making that 40-plus," he said. "I didn’t follow through on a couple ones and then one after another. I got to do better bouncing back. That’s on me."
The Jets’ offense continued to misfire as well. After their first drive, they ran eight plays on their next three series combined.
Maye picked off Wilson on Seattle’s second series, but that drive stalled at the Jets’ 38. After Metcalf’s 5-yard touchdown reception, Frank Gore fumbled on first down. Seattle turned that into a 41-yard field goal by former Jet Jason Myers to make it 17-3.
Corey Ballentine returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards to Seattle’s 30. The Jets got in the red zone but had to settle for a 37-yard field-goal try that went wide right.
"We didn’t play nearly good enough, especially early when we had opportunities," Gase said. "Marcus had a hell of a pick, we do nothing with that. We have a good kick return, we don’t do anything with that. We don’t give ourselves a chance.
"We have a chance against a team like this, you better take advantage of them or this is what the outcome is going to be."