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NY Jets humiliated by Patriots in 54-13 loss. Zach Wilson’s health is all that matters now – NorthJersey.com

Posted: October 25, 2021 at 1:53 am

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Sunday provided yet another reminder that things can always get worse for the New York Jets. Especially when they're on the same field as the Patriots.

The Jets were humiliated by the Patriots,54-13at Gillette Stadium in one of the most lopsided lossesin franchise history.

"This is the NFL," Jets coach Robert Saleh said. "You give up 50 points, it's embarrassing."

And that wasn't even the worst part of this brutal afternoon.

That moment came early in the second quarter when rookie quarterback Zach Wilson injured his right kneetaking a big hit from Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon. A few minutes later, Wilson was limping back to the locker room and no one knows for sure when he'll be back on the field.

Saleh said the initial prognosis for Wilson's injury is"good." And according to Wilson,the belief is he suffered a PCL injury, which he called the "best-case" scenario.

The Jets won't know anything for sure until Wilson gets an MRI on Monday. But the Jets season hinges on what comes next.

If Wilson has an injury that keeps him out a significant amount of time, the Jets are staring a lost season in the face.Their unquestioned top priority was to develop their young quarterback this season, and every snap he can't be on the field is a missed opportunity.

But Sunday showed us just how big of a priority Wilson's development is, because it's the only thing the Jets have to look forward to this season. Even if Wilson was healthy and playing better, this team has done nothing to prove it can be consistently competitive because the roster just isn't good enough.

Saleh put the blame on himself and the coaches, not the players. The normally ubeat coach was clearly downtrodden and perhaps a little shell-shocked in the aftermath of this loss.

"I don't think I've had this feeling after a game since 2017 against Dallas," Saleh said, referring to a 40-10 loss to the Cowboys when he was the 49ers' defensive coordinator. "A helpless feeling where you're just watching, you're trying to figure something out. I'll be honest. We talk about adversity. Everyone was asking [when it would come]. You can chalk this one up, it's here.

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"This [loss] is from coaches all the way down. NFL doesn't really give a flying [expletive] excuse my language in terms of scheduling. We got to line up the next week and for the 11 or 12, whatever we got left. I know we got the right men in that locker room. I know we got the right people in that locker room. I know we'll come back strong. But we got to get it going."

But do the Jets have the right players in their locker room?

General manager Joe Douglas has been on the job for more than two years and it's hard to argue that this team is significantly better from top to bottom than it was back then. There are certainly some promising young players on the roster, and the Jets have improved, especially on the defensive line.

But they have the only offense in the NFLthat has yet to score a point in the first quarter of a game this season. And their defense just allowed the Patriots to score 50-plus points on them for the first time since 1979.

Let's just pause a moment to appreciate how bad this defensive performance was: According to the CBS broadcast, the Jets had gone 420 games without allowing 50 points; the last time it happened was a 52-14 loss to Miami in 1995. They couldn't stop anything, allowing rookie quarterback Mac Jones to go over 300 yards passing for the first time in his career. They also allowed backup Brian Hoyer to rack up 69 passing yards on a late drive.

The Jets defense' surrendered 551 yards on Sunday, the last time they gave up more than that was 1998.

A lack of talent has to be part of the reason for that. Yes, the Jets had to play without C.J. Mosley, who had helped them be surprisingly effective early in the season. But something is wrong if everything falls apart without him on the field.

"Did it hurt? Obviously, yeah," Saleh said. "Should it have hurt this bad? No."

Some of that is on coaching. Saleh is clearly still learning the ropes in his first year. But the talent on this roster is not consistently improving. And if the Jets keep having days like Sunday, Douglas is going to be under some major pressure to upgrade the roster. Quickly. Because what we saw on Sunday looked a lot like what we've been seeing from the Jets for the past decade.

At halftime, the Patriots honored former defensive lineman Richard Seymour by inducting him into their hall of fame. Seymour spoke on the field during the break and told a roaring crowd that he could have picked any game he wanted for this moment, but he picked the "homecoming game against the Jets."

That jab was right on target. The Jets have lost 12 straight games to the Patriots dating back to their last win in 2015. They haven't beaten the Patriots in Foxborough since the 2010 playoffs.

And Sundayshows just how far the Jets still have to come. It was bad on every level and it even had their normally optimistic coach swearing after the game. Multiple times.

"Everyonce in a while you get your [expletive] excuse my language you get your teeth knocked in," Saleh said. "Sorry."

This was an inexcusable performance.

And it was even harder to stomach without Wilson out there growing. That's why it's so important for the Jets young quarterback to miss as little time as possible. Because if he's out for a while, there could be a lot of hopeless Sundays in the very near future.

Andy Vasquezis the Jetsbeat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Jets analysis, news, trades and more, pleasesubscribe todayanddownload our app.



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