Written Corey Dalmedo
The Jets were defeated by the Bills at home this week in a painful 17-16 loss. Le’Veon Bell held an impressive Jets debut, rushing for 60 yards on 17 carries and catching 6 passes for 32 yards and a touchdown, along with making a nice grab for a 2-point conversion. Jamison Crowder also held in 14 receptions for 99 yards, but the rest of the Jets offense struggled to find any rhythm.
The Jets defense ruled the first half, as they forced four turnovers, including a pick-six by recently signed star linebacker CJ Mosely. Mosely had an excellent debut, breaking up passes and forcing a fumble to go along with his pick-six, but he left the game with a groin injury in the fourth quarter.
Once Mosely left the game, the entire Jets defense fell apart, giving up 17 unanswered points when they were previously up 16-0. The Jets had an opportunity late in the game to re-take the lead, but Darnold threw 5-straight incompletions, including over-throwing a wide-open Robby Anderson for what likely would have been a touchdown.
Perhaps the most frustrating performance for the Jets was the awful debut of rookie kicker Karre Vedvik, who missed both an extra point and 45-yard field goal, which ultimately cost the Jets the game. It would certainly not be a surprise if the Jets have a different kicker next week, and they are likely feeling regretful for not re-signing Pro Bowl kicker Jason Meyers.
This was definitely a tough game for Jets fans to watch, and the Jets will have certainly have to improve their play as they take on the Browns next week on Monday Night Football, followed by the Patriots in week 3.