Jets win 26-3
The Jets at 6-6 coming into this game had some “manufactured momentum”. All I’ve heard this week is people saying that Gang Green has a shot at the playoffs if they run the table. They said it on Inside the NFL and Mike Francesa talked about it at length, pointing out that the Jets have a strong defense and running game.
Have they seen Kellen Clemens play quarterback? I watched Clemens make bad throw after bad throw all afternoon. The Jets had great starting field position in the first half and they couldn’t get a touchdown out of it. Thomas Jones had a 33 yard touchdown run and carried the offense while Clemons and Tampa quarterback Josh Freeman played consistently awful.
Clemens finished with a measly 111 yards passing and proved to no one that he’s nothing more than a backup. No, Clemens wasn’t making bad reads. He was making bad throws and you can’t make it to the playoffs with bad quarterback play. You can make it with a mediocre quarterback, but not a bad one. The combination of Clemens and Mark Sanchez isn’t enough.
However, the Jets are going to come away with a lot of confidence from this win and they have a shot to beat Atlanta next Sunday if Matt Ryan and Michael Turner don’t play. If they do win, they’ll be at 8-6 and within striking distance.
Today wasn’t pretty, though. It was like watching a WNBA game. Yes, it’s still football, but it was nap-inducing football.