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New York Jets Fall Short To Rival Buffalo – Week 1 Recap

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New York Jets Fall Short To Rival Buffalo But Shows Promise In Tough Loss

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Amidst a major rebuild for the 2017 season, many pundits had the New York Jets not being a winning team. Sunday’s bout with the long-time rival Bills proved that they may be slightly better than the outsiders’ expectations.

Offensive Struggles Mount But There May Be A Silver Lining

 

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Newly named starting quarterback Josh McCown played a pretty solid game, as he was only pressured seven times out of 40 drop-backs. Things started to unravel late in the game at critical times. When he was given a clean pocket, he had a passer rating of 84.3. Compared to a 2.8 rating while going two for 16 and two interceptions while pressured and hit.

Former Seattle Seahawk Jermaine Kearse was the most targeted player (nine) while averaging 8.4 yards-per-catch. He finished with seven catches for 59 yards and zero touchdowns in his Jets debut. Learning the nuances of a new system takes time but it is an encouraging sign of things to come for the embattled Flight Crew.

The running game was pedestrian, as Matt Forte amassed 16 yards on six carries (2.7 yards-per-carry), while Bilal Powell out-touched Forte. Powell finished with 22 yards on seven carries (3.1 yards-per-carry).

New York Jets Edge Rushers & Linemen Set The Tone

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Former Carolina Panther/New England Patriot Kony Ealy played exceptionally well in his Jets debut. Kony had three total pressures on 19 pass rushing snaps. He swatted a pass away and thoroughly set the edge against the run. Leonard Williams was productive both against the run and pass, as he received the highest grade amongst the entire Jets defense (83.6 grade per Pro Football Focus).

Star-In-The-Making Adams Has An Above-Average Debut

 

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The former LSU all-world safety had an up and down Sunday in Buffalo. Part of it could have been the assignment he was tasked with while playing in the box for the majority of the game (75 snaps total, only 19 at safety). He was primarily matched up with Bills tight end Charles Clay, who torched the youngster for a long gain early in the game. Jamal bounced back, as he broke up a pass intended for Clay on a key third down play. Adams struggled against the run (as noted above) but showed superior ability in pass coverage.

The Jets look to bounce back on the road next week against a hot Oakland Raiders team looking to remain undefeated. Derek Carr and company were early season favorites by some pundits to win the Super Bowl. The Flight Crew needs a better performance by the offense to upend the Raiders in Oak Town.

 

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