Jets season all but over with embarrassing 28-3 loss to Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. – They were buried by the Schedule from Hell, battered, bruised and beaten up like they never belonged. Everyone knew it was possible. Some believed it was inevitable.

They completed their treacherous six-game start to the season with big ol’ thud 3,000 miles away from home. The Jets’ 28-3 loss to the Cardinals Monday night was special brew of ineptitude that unofficially ended their season two weeks before Halloween.

It was an embarrassing showing for a desperate team with everything to lose. Todd Bowles’ bunch was a disjointed mess that stuck the dagger in themselves to end this six-week misery. The Jets (1-5) have lost all five games to playoff teams from a year ago during this free-fall that has pushed them to irrelevance.

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They were undisciplined, punchless and lost.

The mistakes were widespread. From penalty after painful penalty to poor execution to no effort, it was a smorgasbord of slop.

Geno Smith doesn't fare much better, getting sacked once and throwing an interception.

Geno Smith doesn’t fare much better, getting sacked once and throwing an interception.

(Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Bowles’ team was flagged an unfathomable 14 times with 10 enforced penalties for 83 yards. False Starts. Offsides. Holding. Defensive pass interference. Offensive pass interference.

Give. Me. A. Break.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, who went 16 for 31 for 174 yards, one interception and a 55.0 passer rating, was benched after his league-high 11th pick. Geno Smith replaced Fitzpatrick midway through the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. He promptly threw an interception on his first drive.

The Jets have gone 16 consecutive drives dating back to the second half of last week’s loss in Pittsburgh without a touchdown. Is this the same offense that erupted for 37 points in Buffalo in Week 2?

Chan Gailey’s offense mustered only 130 total yards in the first half, including 22 on the ground. Four of the Jets seven first-half drives were three-and-outs.

Fitzpatrick and Jets offense have yet to score a touchdown in 16 consecutive drives.

Fitzpatrick and Jets offense have yet to score a touchdown in 16 consecutive drives.

(Ross D. Franklin/AP)

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How many times does a team commit more penalties (eight) than first downs (five) in a half? It was the kind of joke that made Jets fans laugh and cry. Absolutely pathetic.

Don’t be fooled though. This was an equal-opportunity embarrassment. The defense wasn’t immune from blame.

Bowles’ run defense, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise miserable season, even cracked.

David Johnson shredded the Jets second-ranked run defense for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns, including a career-long 58-yard score on the first play of Arizona’s second drive to take an early lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Johnson juked Erin Henderson and eluded Buster Skrine’s diving tackle attempt, while Darrelle Revis evidently took the play off. The aging cornerback, coming back from a hamstring injury that kept him out last week, shied away from Larry Fitzpatrick’s block before a laughable effort to get Johnson. It was the first time that the Cardinals (3-3) scored in the first quarter all season.

The Jets have no answers for Cardinals running back David Johnson.

The Jets have no answers for Cardinals running back David Johnson.

(Matt Kartozian/USA Today Sports)

The Jets offense, meanwhile, managed a grand total of one first down and 27 yards in the first quarter. Their red-zone woes continued too with more self-inflicted wounds. Ryan Clady’s holding penalty wiped out Bilal Powell’s 10-yard that would have gotten the Jets to the eight-yard line. The Jets settled for Nick Folk’s 39-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3 early in the second quarter, but they squandered a golden opportunity thanks to their sloppiness.

The Jets flag fest continued in the second quarter. Buster Skrine’s pass interference marked another ugly drive capped by Johnson’s 2-yard touchdown to make it 14-3 with 6:43 left before halftime.

The second half wasn’t much better. The Jets gave up 13- and 14-play touchdown drives to bury themselves in front a national audience. Darryl Roberts’ third-down pass interference extended the Cardinals’ first drive of the second half capped by Johnson’s third score.

Carson Palmer’s nine-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd midway through the fourth quarter was the final forgettable play on a forgettable night.

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