The Jets protection held the Payments out of the tip zone Sunday.
It wasn’t sufficient.
After the Jets’ 18-10 loss to Buffalo at MetLife Stadium, a few their defensive gamers praised the way in which the protection performed even if the offense was traditionally horrendous within the second half, gaining solely 4 yards on 16 performs within the ultimate half-hour.
If we’re not grading on a curve right here, although, the Jets offense did stake the group to a 10-0 within the first half and the protection failed to guard that lead.
“I positively hate that we allow them to get that many subject objectives,’’ linebacker Avery Williamson stated. “There have been some occasions we may have gotten off the sector, so yeah, that’s on us.’’
Payments kicker Tyler Bass kicked six subject objectives, however he additionally missed two — a 45-yarder on Buffalo’s first offensive possession with the Jets main 7-0 and a 37-yarder within the fourth quarter with the Payments main 15-10.
“I really feel just like the protection got here out and performed like some canine,’’ stated linebacker Tarell Basham, who had a sack and compelled fumble within the second quarter that led to the Jets’ solely TD. “From the get-go, we stated we wasn’t going to allow them to ultimately zone. We’ve bought to be higher about letting them cross the 50 [-yard line] on these subject objectives we allowed.
“However in addition to that, we got here out and we executed the sport plan for essentially the most half and we made some performs. We left some performs on the market, too.’’
In a recreation with so little margin for error due to the Jets anemic offense, too many performs have been left on the market. Ultimately, the Payments offense nonetheless produced 422 complete yards, 368 of which recreation from Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen (307 passing and 61 dashing). They couldn’t include Buffalo slot receiver Cole Beasley, who bled them out with paper cuts — 11 catches for 112 yards — after they tried to get off the sector.
“A pair performs right here or there we’ve bought to make that may change the result of this recreation,’’ Basham stated. “However how we performed, I appreciated.’’
So, too, did head coach Adam Gase, who stated, “Defensively, I believed there was quite a lot of good there.’’
The very fact is, for all the nice the Jets protection did, the Payments offense wasn’t precisely crisp.
Within the third quarter, trailing 10-6, the Payments had a primary down on the Jets 20, misplaced 11 yards on a first-down run after which dedicated a false-start penalty to push themselves again additional earlier than selecting the sector purpose to make it 10-9.
Later within the third, an Allen TD go to Gabriel Davis was referred to as again due to an illegal-formation penalty and needed to accept a subject purpose and a 12-10 lead.
Within the fourth quarter, a blown protection leaving tight finish Tyler Kroft fully uncovered resulted in a 38-yard achieve to the Jets 20, however the Buffalo drive stalled, leaving them with a 37-yard field-goal try that Bass missed.
So, the Buffalo offense did its half to stall these drives.
“I felt like we let a pair performs get out within the second half, however we held them to subject objectives,’’ Williamson stated. “I want we may have held them to nothing. We performed powerful right this moment.’’
Generally, although, powerful isn’t sufficient.