The Jets suck. The Rams suck. It turns out, when they play football against each other — it sucks.
As it worked out, the Jets made a quarterback change — Bryce Petty started in place of an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick — but that didn’t change anything for Gang Green, who lost a miserable game, 9-6, at MetLife Stadium Sunday. Petty had a chance to bring the Jets back at the end of the game but threw an interception instead.
Not that it even mattered that much. The Jets (3-7) were realistically out of the playoffs before kickoff anyway. The only bright side for Jets fans were that about half the crowd (justifiably) left the stadium before the miserable end.
Sunday’s sleepy contest at MetLife Library featured punt after punt with poor play mixed in between from both teams.
Rams QB Case Keenum completed 17 of his 30 pass attempts for 165 yards.
Petty didn’t have a particularly good game, though this could be the start of a multi-game audition for the former Baylor quarterback. Gang Green is entering the bye and are almost certainly out of the playoffs, so Petty might be in line to get some more experience under his belt.
Defensively the Jets held up fine on Sunday, but they were going against Case Keenum, so that is hardly an accomplishment.
The Jets defense was exposed quickly on the first drive, when Keenum went after Darrelle Revis and then Benny Cunningham ripped off a 24-yard run that brought the Rams to the one-yard line. But Gang Green’s defense didn’t break, and held Los Angeles to a short field goal.
Petty started the game fairly well, completing his first four passes, including 52-yard completion to Robby Anderson from his own two-yard line on the Jets’ second drive of the day. That was a key part of what turned out to be a 99-yard touchdown drive. On the Rams’ four-yard line, Chan Gailey dialed up some trickery and ran the hook and lateral as Petty hit Brandon Marshall on a short pass and the receiver tossed the ball back to Bilal Powell, who sprinted around and into the end zone for a touchdown. Nick Folk missed the field goal, so the Jets were only up 6-3 with 12:40 left in the quarter after the score.
But then the rest of the half lived up to the game’s billing as a snoozefest. Neither Keenum nor Petty wes able to get his offense into scoring position as both offenses scuffled. The best chance came late in the half, when the Rams forgot to cover Anderson and he was left wide open for what would have been a touchdown, had Petty not missed him.
The game continued to be a complete drag in the third quarter. Eventually the Rams were able to dink and dunk their way to a ridiculously elongated 15-play, 55-yard drive that took over eight minutes of game time and resulted in them kicking a 38-yard field goal to tie the game just before the start of the fourth quarter.
Bilal Powell scored the lone touchdown of the game.
One of the biggest plays of the day — fittingly — was a punt by Johnny Hekker, who booted the ball 78 yards on a fourth-quarter kick. That ultimately helped the Rams in a field position battle, which helped them a drive later when they finally worked the ball a whopping 36 yards into field goal range. Greg Zuerlein was good from 34 yards with 6:52 left in the game to put the Rams ahead 9-6.
The Jets got the ball back for their last chance to come back with 2:55 left in the game. But after a couple of completions, a Petty pass intended for Quincy Enunwa was picked off by Alec Ogletree, sealing the loss for Gang Green.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News