What did we learn from the Jets 45-3 Monday Night Football loss to the Patriots this past week? Did we learn that the Jets are very overrated, and that they really aren't good? No, we didn't. Here's the answer, we learned absolutely nothing.
We already knew that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer somehow gets lost when he has over seven days to prepare for a game. Heading into the game, when the Jets had over seven days to prepare, the offense looked lost both times and had scored a grand total of nine points. That number is now up to 12.
We know that Mark Sanchez struggles in the wind.
We also knew that Mike Pettine has been calling more of the defensive plays this year, and that his blitzes have not been as effective as Rex Ryan's. We knew the Jets blitzes weren't as effective as last year, and we also knew that they weren't blitzing as much. We knew that in order to get pressure on the quarterback the Jets can't rely on their front seven, the Jets get sacks when they bring their defensive backs on blitzes. When the Jets rely on just four pass rushers they can't get pressure. They couldn't do it last year, and they can't do it this year.
We also knew that the Jets were built to beat the Patriots at the start of the season. But between when they last played in Week 2 and now the Patriots have become a completely different team.
We knew that the strength of the Jets defense was their cornerbacks, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. They shut down receivers on the outsides, but we've known all season long that the Jets have had a tremendous amount of trouble stopping everything up the middle, the slot receivers and most importantly the tight ends. Then on Friday, the quarterback of the Jets defense, Jim Leonhard was lost for the season. Though Leonhard has struggled in coverage this season, he was still their best option to cover a tight end.
We knew all of this going in to the Monday Night Football matchup with the now 10-2 New England Patriots. You know who else knew all of this? The New England Patriots.
The Patriots simply devised a gameplan that attacked the Jets weaknesses. Since Week 2, the Patriots have re-built their entire offense. They no longer live off the deep ball threat of Randy Moss opening up space underneath for the shifty Wes Welker. They now involve their two tight ends as primary targets in their offense.
The Patriots stayed away from Revis and Cromartie, instead focusing on attacking the safties, who have been struggling in coverage all year. The Patriots simply exploited a weakness, one that has been there all season.
The Jets didn't play well, but the performance is not indicative to how good the team actually is. Unfortunately they now face the Miami Dolphins, another division matchup against a team that plays the Jets really well.
Chad Henne has had two of his best games of his career against the Jets, and the Dolphins will look to exploit those same weaknesses that the Patriots did.
This game is a home game for the Jets, meaning the wind and weather at the New Meadowlands Stadium will be a mystery. That is bad news for the Jets, as Sanchez has a history of struggling in the wind.