FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Regardless of all of the positivity and encouragement surrounding the Jets this season, Sunday’s 26-6 loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium laid naked the uncertainty for this franchise as its rebuild churns ahead.
Two days after giving head coach Todd Bowles and basic supervisor Mike Maccagnan two-year extensions, the Jets completed the duo’s third season at 5-11, having misplaced eight of their remaining 10 video games. Bryce Petty made his third straight begin in Sunday’s season finale and regarded very a lot the identical as he did the earlier two weeks — inaccurate, inconsistent and unproductive.
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Petty accomplished 19 of 36 passes for 232 yards, 46 of which got here on one throw within the fourth quarter. He performed all the recreation whereas former second-round decide Christian Hackenberg, sporting a inexperienced overcoat, regarded on from the sideline.
Due to some delicate hints from Bowles this week, there was hypothesis Hackenberg would make his NFL debut Sunday. He didn’t. Now the 22-year-old has gone two full seasons with out taking a regular-season snap. If Hackenberg can’t get on the sphere in a meaningless blowout, when will he? The reply to that query stays to be seen and shall be one of many defining storylines of this offseason.
Tom Brady was uncharacteristically imprecise within the freezing temperatures — the thermometer learn 12 levels with a -2-degree wind chill at kick off. The longer term Corridor of Famer went 18-of-37 passing for 190 yards and two touchdowns earlier than he was changed within the fourth quarter by backup Brian Hoyer.
Brady’s landing passes got here on back-to-back drives within the remaining 5 minutes of the primary half — one to large receiver Brandin Cooks (5 catches, 79 yards) and one working again to working again Dion Lewis (133 complete yards), each from 5 yards out.
The Patriots entered halftime with a 21-Three lead. The Jets, who didn’t go 200 complete yards till late within the fourth quarter, merely couldn’t compete offensively. They did not covert a 3rd down in 12 tries.
The Jets dedicated 9 penalties for 84 yards. Cornerback Juston Burris gifted the Patriots two first downs on every of the landing drives on the finish of the primary half, each on third-down holds.