The poor souls who shelled out five bucks to attend the latest chapter of this miserable Jets season were the real losers on Monday night.
They severely overpaid.
Desperate online brokers tried to unload tickets at bargain-basement prices. You could gain entry for the same cost as a MetLife Stadium hot dog, which turned out to be way too expensive given the home team’s lifeless performance in a 41-10 loss to the Colts, which mathematically eliminated them from the playoffs.
The Jets were an unmitigated disaster in their fourth consecutive defeat, a disjointed band of men playing at a comically poor level in front of a half house.
There was a preseason vibe about the night, filled with golf claps, tepid boos and plenty of apathy.
Jets fans were cheated by an undisciplined and uninspired team that dropped to 3-9. Imagine how the folks who paid full price for their tickets must have felt.
It was a pathetic performance by everyone. The defense was beyond embarrassing. The offense was a no-show. Even the punter was bad.
Todd Bowles presumably fielded 11 guys on defense, but Andrew Luck looked like he was throwing against air for much of the night. The Jets defensive line was manhandled by one of the worst offensive lines in pro football. Bowles’ unit gave up nearly five yards a clip to a fossil running back before intermission. His linebackers and defensive backs were awful. Evidently covering Indy’s tight ends was optional.
Luck (22 for 28 for 278 yards, 4 TDs, 147.6 passer rating) hooked up with tight end Dwayne Allen for three first-half touchdowns. He would have thrown a fourth to tight end Jack Doyle just before halftime if Doyle didn’t fumble out of the end zone.
Chan Gailey’s offense was equally brutal. Ryan Fitzpatrick went 5 for 12 for 81 yards and an interception in the first half before being benched for Bryce Petty.
There were unofficially a million reasons why the Jets dug an insurmountable 24-3 halftime hole. The Jets committed an unacceptable three personal fouls in the first 20 minutes. The lack of discipline falls directly on Bowles, who was heated on the sideline in the first half after his team’s comedy of errors.
For all the talk about playing for professional pride in the final month of the season, it looked like nobody in green-and-white wanted to actually play football in front of a national TV audience.
How ugly did it get?
Former Jets Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie called his former team’s performance “embarrassing” on Twitter. Joe Namath made a social media plea to the Jets to take Sheldon Richardson off the field after the defensive lineman’s personal foul penalty in the first quarter.
The Jets had a power outrage from the outset.
Luck easily carved them up on the Colts first two drives to seize control. He found a wide-open Allen twice for 7- and 21-yard touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. The Jets were out-gained 144-29 in an embarrassing opening quarter, but Johnson’s paying customers barely had enough energy to boo.
Even when the Jets sniffed the end zone, they screwed up.
Matt Forte’s 40-yard catch-and-run helped the Jets get inside the Indy 10 early in the second quarter before the drive stalled thanks to some curious play-calling and another dumb penalty. Gailey dialed up a draw play to Bilal Powell on third-and-5 from the 8 before Breno Giacomini was flagged for the Jets third personal foul of the night. The Jets settled for Nick Folk’s 38-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-3.
Luck & Co. piled on with Adam Vinatieri’s 53-yard field goal and Allen’s third touchdown – a 23-yarder – to give Indy a three-touchdown cushion at intermission.
Andrew Luck has a field day against the Jets defense.
The Jets justifiably were booed off the field.
Bowles’ defense, so ticked off by their anemic first-half performance, gave up a 9-play, 70-yard TD drive to begin the third quarter, prompting inquiring minds to wonder what the heck they actually talked about at halftime.
On the bright side (I suppose): Petty hooked up for a 40-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson in the fourth quarter.
But it was window dressing.
Everybody should be ashamed. Everybody should be embarrassed.
Everybody should wonder about their future on this team, because nobody is safe.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News