LANDOVER Md. - Rookie wide receiver Kendal Thompson caught the go ahead 18-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion with 29 seconds left, propelling the Washington Redskins to a 22-18 win over the Jets. The Jet defense gave up an 11 play 84-yard drive on that series.
After trailing 14-2 at halftime, Bryce Petty led the Jet offense on a second half charge going 16 of 27 for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie receiver Robby Anderson had a solid day catching six passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. Anderson caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Petty that gave the Jets a 18-14 lead. Ross Martin would then miss the extra point.
The Jets offense struggled to convert on third downs finishing the game 2-11 in the category. Ryan Fitzpatrick (4 of 9 for 35 yards), was under pressure early and struggled to get in sync with his receivers. Geno Smith was out of rhythm (6 of 13 for 47 yards), and threw an interception to Redskin safety Will Blackmon.
"We were pretty generic on third down," said head coach Todd Bowles. Inconsistency from the first string offense didn't sit well with Bowles. "The defense was out there a long time," Bowles said after the game. "They [Redskins] had the ball over 12 minutes in the first quarter so they never really got going." The Jets, short on running backs, ran for just 35 yards on nine carries tonight. Sustaining drives and carelessness with the ball certainly hurt the Jets ability to find a rhythm. Tight end Kellen Davis committed one of three Jet turnovers on the night when he caught a 14-yard pass before fumbling the football.
For the second straight game the Jets defense gave up a long opening drive to start the game, but came out unscathed when Darrelle Revis intercepted Colt McCoy in the end zone. The first string defense played well to start the game, forcing a penalty that resulted in a safety midway through the second quarter making the score 2-0. David Harris and Leonard Williams each had a sack on the night.
Washington's Rashad Ross had two touchdown receptions in the second quarter which put the Redskins up 14-2. Up 7-2, McCoy (13 of 16 for 159 yards and two TDs), threw deep and found Ross for a 39-yard touchdown pass. Rookie cornerback Juston Burris was beat on the play.
Christian Hackenberg did not play for the second straight preseason game. Neither did Matt Forte, or Muhammad Wilkerson. Both are recovering from injuries. Nick Mangold also sat out tonight (coaches decision).
Overall, this was a very sloppy game by the Jets. They played uninspired to start the game and weren't able to come out with the win despite a strong performance from Petty.
The Jets will face the New York Giants next Saturday night.
Quincy Enunwa went to the locker room in the first quarter with concussion.
Erin Henderson left the game with a stinger, nothing serious.
Lawrence Thomas injured his shoulder tonight.
Dee Milliner left the game with a sore bicep.
Marcus Reynolds is a staff writer for Jetsinsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Marcus _JRNL), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).