Jets’ playoff hopes take big hit after ugly loss to Jaguars

So, is Zach Wilson now the fourth-best quarterback on the Jets?

Wilson, the would-be franchise quarterback, was benched within the third quarter of Thursday’s 19-3 loss to the Jaguars in favor of Chris Streveler, a former Canadian Football League quarterback who spent your complete season on the apply squad till Thursday evening.

Streveler gave the Jets a jolt of vitality when he entered with 3:31 remaining within the third quarter, however couldn’t get the Jets into the top zone and the Jets’ playoff hopes at the moment are on life assist after 4 straight losses.

On Thursday, the Jets appeared like a staff that has no business being within the postseason.

The Jets had a significant sport in December in primetime and they didn’t even present up.

The offense appeared utterly inept. Wilson mustn’t play once more this season after Thursday evening’s efficiency. The offensive line was as leaky as an outdated faucet. The working sport was a rumor.

Zach Wilson wears a dejected expression during the Jets' 19-3 loss to the Jaguars.
Zach Wilson wears a dejected expression through the Jets’ 19-3 loss to the Jaguars.
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The vaunted protection? Well, they gave up a 96-yard landing drive and Jaguars coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Trevor Lawrence toyed with all of them evening lengthy.

It was a wet, windy evening at MetLife Stadium, the sort of evening you’d anticipate to lean in your working sport. But the Jets had simply 4 dashing yards at halftime, their lowest complete in a half in 20 years. As unhealthy as Wilson was, the offensive line didn’t precisely assist him out. They obtained no push in opposition to a mediocre Jaguars protection. The Jets had 66 yards and three first downs at halftime.

Wilson appeared clueless within the sport. The matchup between Lawrence, the No. 1 decide within the 2021 Draft, and Wilson, the No. 2 decide, was no contest. While Lawrence appeared in command and confirmed good decision-making and a capability to make performs together with his arm and his legs, Wilson missed open receivers and confirmed no really feel within the pocket.

Zach Wilson is sacked by Andre Cisco (No. 5) during the Jets' loss.
Zach Wilson is sacked by Andre Cisco (No. 5) through the Jets’ loss.
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The boos from the small crowd grew louder and louder each time Wilson got here again on the sector.

Jets coach Robert Saleh caught with Wilson for 2 drives within the second half after which pulled him for Streveler. The star of the preseason for the Jets energized the Jets with a run of 6 yards to begin. He discovered Elijah Moore for a primary down, then hit C.J. Uzomah for a 30-yard acquire. He ran for 14 yards after which 10 on third-and-9. He linked with Garrett Wilson on fourth-and-4 for a primary down.

Streveler obtained the Jets to the Jaguars 13 however couldn’t maintain the magic and the drive ended when his fourth-and-2 move hit the turf. Streveler’s subsequent drive would finish with a Garrett Wilson fumble.

The loss drops the Jets to 7-8 and they’re now in tenth place within the AFC, with the Jaguars, who’re additionally 7-8, leapfrogging them with this sport. The Jets can really be formally eradicated this weekend, however it could take wins from the Dolphins, Patriots, Chargers and both a Ravens loss or tie or a Browns loss or tie.

Chris Streveler breaks away from Rayshawn Jenkins during the Jets' loss.
Chris Streveler breaks away from Rayshawn Jenkins through the Jets’ loss.
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In all probability, the Jets will stay alive heading into subsequent week’s sport in opposition to the Seahawks, however it’s now going to take a miracle for them to make the playoffs.

The Jets began off the sport with a big play on protection. Quinnen Williams, in his return from a calf damage, had a strip sack of Lawrence on the primary drive of the sport. Carl Lawson recovered for the Jets and the Jets obtained the ball on the Jacksonville 16. The Jets went backwards when Wilson didn’t see Jaguars security Andre Cisco blitzing off the sting. Cisco sacked Wilson for an 8-yard loss and Greg Zuerlein kicked a 37-yard subject purpose to give the Jets a 3-0 lead.

The Jaguars started to decide the Jets protection aside on the following drive. Pederson blended his performs up completely and stored the Jets protection on its heels. On third-and-1, Lawrence had a play pretend and hit former Giant Evan Engram for a 22-yard acquire. Travis Etienne gained 19 yards on one other third down. The Jets held the Jaguars to a 32-yard subject purpose and a 3-3 tie.

Streveler, who was elevated off the apply squad earlier than the sport, made an look within the first quarter however there was a false begin on the play.

The Jaguars went on a monster drive that spanned the top of the primary quarter and starting of the second. They obtained the ball at their very own 4 and went 96 yards on 16 performs with Lawrence scoring from the 1 when he jumped up and over the Jets protection and prolonged the ball for a 10-3 lead.

The Jets offense in the meantime couldn’t get out of their very own method. They had drives full of penalties and unfavourable runs that put them in horrible downs and distances.

Jaguars kicker Riley Patterson kicked a 45-yard subject purpose earlier than haltime for a 13-3 Jacksonville lead.

The Jets obtained the ball to begin the second half and Saleh caught with Wilson. The Jets went three-and-out with Wilson crusing a thrd-and-1 move over Corey Davis’ head. The Jaguars made it to the Jets’ 23 after which Patterson kicked a 41-yard subject purpose, extending the Jaguars’ lead to 16-3 and setting the stage for Streveler.

Streveler is the fourth quarterback to play for the Jets this season, becoming a member of Wilson, Joe Flacco and Mike White, who’s out with damaged ribs.

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