With under a minute to go in the game Geno Smith drove the Jets all the way down to the Bears nine-yard line only down eight points. However it was to no avail as on fourth and five Smith was under pressure and threw up a ball, which Jeremy Kerely caught but was out of bounds.
“Not exactly a great start to that game obviously, we were down 14-0 before you could do anything, that and the combination of the three turnovers was the difference in the game,” Rex Ryan told reporters in the post-game press conference. With only the second play from scrimmage Smith overthrew Chris Johnson for an interception to Ryan Mundy who took it to the house for a touchdown.
Smith overall played a pretty good game. Smith threw for 316 yards and one touchdown. The problem was holding on to the football. On first and ten from the Bears 18-yard line Smith rolled out and threw up a jump ball for David Nelson, however Kyle Fuller picked it off. Smith made another grave mistake when the Jets were knocking on the Bears doorstep and cost his team dearly. “If I look back on it I wouldn’t have done it,” Smith said after the game. Not turning the ball over has been an issue for Smith since coming in the league last season. He now has three touchdowns and four interceptions in three games this season.
What really killed the Jets in the first and second half was not getting off on third downs when the defense was on the field. “I feel like with these types of games, when its this close, we have to get off the field on third downs. That’s the biggest thing for us on defense. Those are downs we need to win” Darin Walls said after the game. Missed opportunities is what held the Jets back on Monday night both on offense and defense.
The Jets had the ball in the red zone six times and only managed to score a touchdown on one of those drives. When asked about drives stalling and having to settle for field goals Smith had this to say, “ We have got to figure that out right now and it starts with myself. We went one for six today and we can’t ever go one for six and that’s on me.”
Even though it was a tough loss there were some positives to pull from this game. Jeremy Kerely ended up with seven catches for 81-yards and a touchdown. Kerely was asked about the game plan after the game. “I think we stick to our game plan. Our game plan was to go out there and not try to be outside of ourselves. Just do the things that we do well. We’ve just got to have less mistakes,” Kerely said.
Another positive was the defense in the second half. After the bears drove down and scored a touchdown on a short field the Jets defense tightened up in the second half. The Jets only allowed 60 yards of rushing and a modest 225 through the air. The Jets also came up with a fumble recovery, which if called correctly on the field, would have been a touchdown for the Jets. However it just was not that type of night for the Jets.
It was another bad loss for the Jets as they now go down one game in the loss column and fall to 1-2. This will be a short week for the Jets, as they will have to take on the Lions this upcoming Sunday at 1pm in MetLife Stadium. The Jets will have to clean up the things that have been their Achilles heel this year, turnovers and penalties.