If there was ever a sign that the New York Jets needed a massive overhaul, Thursday night's 49-19 loss was it.
Each could be justified to different degrees, but none seem likely. Such is the plight of the Jets.
The Jets have lost key players in cornerback Darrelle Revis and wide receiver Santonio Holmes, which likely earns all of the above a Thanksgiving Day pardon the likes of which we haven't seen since Barack Obama gave two turkeys a presidential pardon.
"We made some serious mistakes," said Rex Ryan after the game (via ESPN), "and obviously if you make mistakes against that football team, they make you pay."
It was a close game for awhile, tied 0-0 headed into the second quarter, but it didn't take long for the tide to change completely, with three touchdowns in just 52 seconds of game time.
If the Jets were going to compete with the Patriots, they couldn't afford any turnovers. To give up five of them, though, is a recipe for exactly the kind of disaster we saw unfold at MetLife Stadium.
Here's a short list of the most costly mistakes:
- Mark Sanchez's interception in the red zone to safety Steve Gregory.
- Fumble by running back Shonn Greene, trying to convert 4th-and-1.
- Busted coverage by Jets cornerback Ellis Lankster on Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker in the end zone, where the Jets rushed three linemen and dropped eight defenders in coverage.
- Broken play with Sanchez turning around to hand off to no one, running into his own linemen and fumbling the ball, only for Gregory to recover and score a touchdown.
- Joe McKnight's fumble on a kick return, recovered by Julian Edelman for a touchdown.
- 4th-and-goal rush attempt from the 1-yard line comes up short.
- Fumble by wide receiver Chaz Schilens.
And those are just the most glaring and obvious mistakes. It only takes two or three mistakes like that to lose a game against the Patriots, but five turnovers, as Rex Ryan would say, "is a recipe for getting your ass kicked."
Especially for the Jets, who lack the explosive threats on offense to mount a comeback from a 35-0 second-quarter deficit.
To their credit, the Jets kept fighting and gave themselves chances to climb back in the game, but moral victories won't get the Jets into the postseason.
These are the mistakes that have plagued the Jets this season and going back to last year. The Jets have turned the ball over 21 times this year.
"Five turnovers, you're not going to beat anybody," Rex said after the game.
It was a trying task to find the positives for the Jets headed into this game. Their chances at the playoffs were slim. Nothing less than five consecutive wins will do, but let's face it: After what we saw on Thanksgiving, the Jets would be lucky to finish the season at .500.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained via team press releases.