The New York Jets lost a hard fought contest Sunday against a tough Carolina Panthers team, 30-20. New York did some good things, but also a lot of bad in the matchup. The Panthers did everything the Jets did, but a little bit better. The Jets' defense was solid, but the Panthers' were a little bit better. The Jets quarterback play was solid (passing and rushing included), but the Panthers were a little bit better. The one thing that gang green was better than Carolina at Sunday was running the football.
Surprisingly the Jets were able to find success running the ball against the league's No. 1 run defense coming into Sunday. Coach Rex Ryan's club ran for a total of 157 yards on a 5.6 yard average. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith even got in on the action with 44 yards of his own.
While Gang Green's faithful fans may be down about being eliminated from playoff contention after the Raven's defeated the Lions Monday night; they shouldn't hold their heads too low. First, at least the Jets didn't get embarrassed in Carolina. Gang Green went on the road against a NFC powerhouse and was only down three points after three quarters. The Jets were in the game until a rare punt block occurred, landing the home team in the red zone and leading to a touchdown. Even with that, they were still down ten with the ball and over eight minutes left in the contest when Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn intercepted a pass from Smith and returned it for a touchdown, sealing the game.
Jets' fans should not be prisoners of the moment. While they would like to have made the playoffs, one cannot forget how far the Jets have come this season. An ESPN panel of voters ranked the Jets at the bottom of the league in their Week 1 Power Rankings. Gang Green is definitely not the No. 32 ranked team this season. The Jets aren't even the worst team in New York this year, (see New York Giants). Coming into the season the Jets had a ton of questions. From who will be the starting quarterback, to will Rex Ryan remain as head coach? While we're not sure if those questions got completely answered, we can say the Jets made the best out of a bad situation.
New York can finish the season on a positive note, winning its final two games and getting to .500 on the season. They have a winnable game at home against Cleveland then they go to Miami and have a chance to play spoiler and ruin the division rival Dolphins' playoff hopes.