The Jets went from an inconsistent team that couldn't win back to back games a few weeks ago to a club that has simply been consistently bad, losing three games by an average of 19.6 points per game.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith's poor performance got him benched by halftime. He completed 4-for-10 pass attempts for 29 yards and one interception. The Jets were hoping for a spark out of back up Matt Simms, but the son of New York Giants great, Phil Simms, wasn't much better either with 9-18, 79 yards and one pick of his own.
Despite Smith's lack of production, quarterback coach David Lee said Smith will start Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. One of the lone bright spots for the Jets all season has been the play of defensive linemen, Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilkerson has ten sacks on the season.
"This is not Jets football. We (have) to get better. That's pretty much it," Wilkerson admitted.
Wilkerson is right. The one thing that the Jets were able to hang their hats on this season through all the ups and downs was their defense. However, on Sunday their defense looked to be a shell of themselves, missing multiple tackles and giving up big plays.
"In the NFL, it's the best of the best. We have to tackle better," the defensive linemen out of Temple explained.
With the defense now struggling as well, the Jets have nothing going for them right now.
"It's not just the defense, it's the whole team. We haven't played great ball (in) all three phases, offense, defense (or) special teams," admitted Wilkerson. "Once we start doing that week in and week out, we'll see the outcome of these games (get) better. "
As for the Jets playoff chances, New York is on the outside looking in with their work cut out for them. Their remaining schedule has a couple tough games going at Carolina and facing Miami in the season finale. If the Jets hope to have a shot at a playoff spot they must win now.