Losers of three straight games, all vs. teams from the AFC East, the Atlanta Falcons are certainly desperate for a win and hoped to end their losing ways on Sunday against Todd Bowles' New York Jets. Bryant hit a field goal to end the first half and again late in the third to make it a one-point game going into the fourth quarter. The Green and White had dropped two straight games.
New York's special teams units were dismal across the board.
Because make no mistake: This Jets team has become an excruciating tease to its fans, particularly those faithful, water-logged souls who sat through Sunday's rain deluge for three-plus hours.
The Jets (3-5) were about to get the ball back down 22-20 inside nine minutes to play, but the normally sure-handed Jeremy Kerley muffed a punt and Atlanta's Kemal Ishmael recovered on the NY 13-yard line. First-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is hearing the wrath of critics. New kick returner Elijah McGuire averaged 22.3 yards a return. Josh McCown was sacked three times in pivotal situations and was hit seven times by the Falcons. General manager Mike Maccagnan would be wise to revamp this unit during the offseason.
Until Claiborne had to leave the game with a left foot injury in the third quarter. But kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed field goals of 46 and 48 yards and returner Jeremy Kerley muffed a punt with 6:42 remaining that led to a Matt Bryant 29-yard field goal, pushing the Falcons lead to 25-20. It was Tomlinson's first touchdown since his senior year at UTEP in 2014 when he coincidentally scored in Manhattan. Sanu was even more dominant and was arguably Atlanta's best weapon all day long.
"It's been tough", said receiver Robby Anderson, who had six catches for career-best 104 yards and a touchdown. Take the lead, carry it into the fourth quarter and lose the game.
Blame it on the rain......
The Jets (3-5) had their chances. Ryan coughed the ball up four times on snap exchanges and lost two of them. If this is in fact what the Jets will be getting from this point on, Matthews will have his hands full all day.
These Jets, for all the promising, overachieving things they've done in the first half of this season, clearly do not possess the killer instinct gene.
But it certainly played a role for the Jets too.
Forte said players "will and have" talked to Morton in the past about becoming more balanced offensively. The team lost to the Pats pretty badly, and this definitely will shake the confidence of the team, especially Ryan.
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