The New York Jets won the game, but it feels like they lost.
In a very poorly played game by both teams, the Jets defeated their rival Miami Dolphins in overtime on a Nick Folk 33-yard field goal. But despite the Jets' victory, they may have lost cornerback Darrelle Revis for a considerable amount of time, if not the season.
Revis went down on a non-contact injury in the third quarter. He was able to walk off the field, but was carted to the locker room. Early indications say that Revis could have torn his ACL, and if that is the case, Rex Ryan will have to change his gameplan.
The Jets played a very sloppy game, and if not for two missed field goals by Miami's Dan Carpenter, the Jets would be 1-2. Joe Philbin iced Folk with a timeout on the first kick, which was blocked by Miami. Folk responded by drilling the second attempt to win the game.
Mark Sanchez struggled throughout the entire game and threw a crucial interception in the end zone after the Jets defense forced a fumble inside Miami territory. The Jets also failed to punch it in after a 1st-and-goal on the 1-yard line. Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell combined for 85 yards on the ground and Sanchez threw for over 300, but the Jets struggled to find much momentum on offense.
The Jets defense gave up a touchdown on their first possession of the game and let up 185 yards on the ground to Miami. They recorded two turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown by LaRon Landry in the first minute of the second half. The secondary was a mess at times with Revis out of the game, and the defense could not sack Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill once.
Are the Jets a playoff team without Darrelle Revis?
The Jets also had nine penalties for 108 yards.
It was an all-around poor effort by the Jets.
Sanchez completed less than half of his passes and missed some throws that could have been game-changers. The running game was pitiful, and Tony Sparano was forced to throw the ball 45 times against his old team. Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley were the bright spots of the offense. Holmes caught nine passes for 147 yards, and Kerley caught two passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
The Jets defense in the second half was a small sample of what the unit will look like in the future without Revis. Coverages were blown and Rex Ryan was forced to play much more conservatively than he intended to. Losing Revis will affect every facet of the defense, and Ryan will be forced to drop more guys back and rely on his defensive line to get to the quarterback.
The loss of Revis is very scary. Despite their struggles, the Jets are 2-1. Through three weeks of the season, the AFC has looked like a conference that is wide-open. If the Jets could win a couple of games against superior teams, they could be looking at a playoff spot.
If Revis is out for an extended period of time, the chances of that go down significantly. The Jets defense hinges on Revis to shutdown the opponent's star receiver, and Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson and Ellis Lankster are not suitable replacements.
If the worst-case diagnosis is true, then the Jets' season could already be ruined.