I'm Voluntarily a Jets Fan Vol. 1 by @klew24
If you’ve been a Jets fan for any period of time, you can’t be that surprised about the result of the last game against the division rival Buffalo Bills. Between the old coach coming back to his stomping grounds, the Jets tendency to shit all over themselves in prime time and the recent slide they’ve been on they were ripe for the picking. From the minute the game started the Jets played listless, uninspired and lethargic football.
The complete listlessness of the Jets in the first half complimented by a series of gaffes from play calling to a wide variety of turnovers, to the QB senselessly checking to a horizontal pass to a gimpy wide receiver on fourth and 2, the Jets had a lot of things that made you say “Same Old Jets”.
2nd round pick WR Devin Smith, who hasn’t returned a kick since high school, fumbled on a kick return late in the second quarter, which the Bills promptly returned for a touchdown. Remember when the Jets didn’t make a play for Saints RB CJ Spiller in the offseason who would’ve solved the backup RB issue/KR issue all at once? Fun times.
Later in the game on a 4th and 2 from inside Bills territory with the Jets trailing 22-10, Ryan Fitzpatrick decided it was a good idea to check to a horizontal pass and Brandon Marshall got slammed for a 2 yard loss. After a touchdown drive and a subsequent three and out, the Bills punter dropped a punt and the Jets had the ball with 12 yards to go to take the lead and potentially the win. Standout RB Chris Ivory got seven yards on the first run and then lost two on second down. The Jets and their fake smart, Harvard graduate QB threw yet another pass short of the first down marker to Eric Decker who got buried short of the first down. Then on fourth down the Jets threw a pass to brick handed, blocking specialist Kellen Davis. He had no idea the ball was coming and given just how ridiculous the sentence before this reads when taking context into account, who could even blame him?
Before I move on to a preview of this week’s game with the Houston Texans, I would like to once again express just how sick I am of Ryan Fitzpatrick. His one read per snap, his absolutely awful deep passes, his legion of fans who clearly either have low standards or don’t fully comprehend what they’re watching, and hearing every single day that he want to Harvard have all raised my blood pressure throughout the course of this season. Let’s not get started on the ridiculous amount of Jets fans who act like him being better than Geno Smith means we get the next 5 SB trophies automatically.
Now there is talk of the Jets extending him and basically I want to rip whatever remains of my hair right on out. Between his bad decisions, mediocre ability, lack of ability to make more than one read and the fact that the Jets already saw another AFC East team suffer when they gave him an extension, one wonders why that’s even on the table? But then you realize you root for the New York Jets and it all makes sense again.
It appears another year of Fitz and his legion of blind cult followers appears to be in the cards. Yay. It’s hard to think of another more annoying player in my history as a Jets fan to deal with than Fitzpatrick but I guess I have to shut up and deal or leave. With that I bid goodbye to the Buffalo disaster of a game and say on to Houston.
Texans QB Brian Hoyer isn’t necessarily a world-beater by any means but he’s far and away the best option on the roster. TJ Yates is a legitimately bad NFL quarterback, and if the Jets lose to a team with this guy under center I will probably have a stroke. Despite what the Houston Texans defense did to the Zack Mettenberger led Titans and the National TV Andy Dalton led Cincinnati Bengals, the Texans still rank 17th in scoring defense and perhaps more importantly, 25th in run defense. This has the makings of a Chris Ivory game as he comes into this tilt with 643 yards rushing (800 total) and seven touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, Brian Hoyer will probably miss the game so the Texans will have to rely on TJ Yates and the league’s 25th ranked rushing attack against the league’s 8th ranked defense. Although the Jets haven’t been great on that side of the ball in recent weeks, this is the worst offense they’ve faced in a month.
The Jets should and probably will set the record for % of defensive plays a team blitz on because why the hell not? Bowles loves to blitz as is, and with a backup QB who hasn’t started a game in two years that % should go up by default. There is no reason the Jets shouldn’t win this game as they are significantly better on both sides of the ball but one can’t accurately account for the clumsy behavior or crappy decisions by Ryan Fitzpatrick or the natural Jets ineptitude that seems to shine its brightest in times like these. Either way, if they lose this piece might be littered with capital letters, steam and a whole bunch of words in red. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
Prediction: Jets 27 Texans 13