The Jets were able to close the gap to ten points after a twelve play drive culminating in a Jeff Cumberland touchdown from the eight yard line, but an oddly planned “roller” onside kick was recovered and the game was effectively over for New York.
The Jets running backs totaled 157 yards against one of the league’s best run defenses. Chris Ivory led the way with 11 carries for 66 yards. Geno Smith ran for 44 yards himself.
Geno Smith was able to move the football on a number of drives and ended the game 15/28 for 167 yards, a score and the pick-six.
Rookie defensive end Sheldon Richardson was used on two carries in the red zone and scored a touchdown.
For the Panthers, Cam Newton was on a blistering pace with almost 225 yards going into the half, but ended the day with 273 yards and one score along with twelve yards on the ground.
After giving the Panthers some billboard material, Santonio Holmes caught two passes for 14 yards despite eight targets. Holmes started the game with his first target a drop right through his hands after bouncing off his chest.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe game got away from the Jets when punt protector Garrett McIntyre turned free a punt blocker straight into Ryan Quigley for an easy block. The Panthers started their series within ten yards of the end zone and scored putting the Panthers up 23-13. It got worse when Geno was forced to make a play on 3rd and 11 after his run game abandoned him. The resulting Captain Munnerlyn interception and score was expected … sooner or later against a defense like the Panthers it was going to come down to Geno.
The defense had a tough time stopping the Panthers, but I am a little surprised at people already panning the defense’s performance. The Jets held Newton to under 300 yards in the air, only one thrown touchdown
This was the third best offense that the Jets have played all season behind the Saints and the Patriots. Between Olsen, LaFell, Smith, Ginn and Williams there are too many options for the Jets to realistically stop and they did their best when faced with one of the league’s best quarterbacks.
Holmes’ comments this week about the Panthers defensive backs before putting up a 25% reception rate for just 14 yards was the perfect encapsulation of why he won’t be on this team next year. The Jets will finally get out from under this contract that in retrospect should have never been signed in the first place.
As for Ed Reed? Another game, another backbreaking play. On the DeAngelo Williams touchdown, he bit badly on the fake and then took yet another bad angle to completely miss the play.
Despite all this, it was still nothing short of a valiant effort by the Jets.
The Jets lost by 10, but they trailed one of the league’s best teams by three deep into the fourth quarter in a game that was contested closely. Other than the Week 2 loss to the Patriots, this was the only other loss this season where the Jets stayed competitive and relevant throughout the whole game.