The Broncos took control from the opening whistle and cruised to an easy win over the Jets in Week 3, handing New York its third straight loss to begin the 2021 season.
The Jets failed to score any points ,. This was because Denver’s defense attacked Zach Wilson quickly and effectively took down the rookie quarterback. Vic Fangio’s defense also stifled New York’s rush attack, forcing Wilson to take third and longs in almost all series. Here are the duds and studs from another disappointing Jets loss.
Carter struggled to get anything going against a strong Broncos front seven, rushing for just 24 yards on nine carries. To have any chance against Denver, the Jets had to run the ball. They failed to do so. New York’s offense was decimated by Carter’s inability use his speed to get on the edge and make plays.
Williams came back to life after two weeks of unproductive play, totaling four tackles, two quarterback hits, 1.5 sacks and a tackle for loss. The Broncos rushed for over 100 yards, but Williams did his part in defending the run. Not so for his counterparts in the trenches.
Mosley was all over the field and gave Denver problems when it came to defending the run. In the first half, the veteran linebacker recorded six tackles and won a holding penalty at line of scrimmage. Although his efforts proved futile and he was not perfect, Mosley was one the few Jets defenders who did their job well enough during Week 3.
Zach Wilson never had a chance to do anything against the Broncos with his pass protection failing him on nearly every snap. Wilson was subject to constant pressure, and was often forced out of his pocket. This led to Wilson making mistakes in less than ideal situations. Wilson’s offensive line performance is not to blame for New York’s recent loss.
Robert Saleh and his Jets coaching staff left something to be desired Sunday. Saleh failed to call a timeout to prevent a delay of game on a Matt Ammendola 56-yard field goal that would have gotten New York on the board in the second quarter. Saleh should have known about the play clock, though Thomas Morstead is to blame.
Mike LaFleur asked Ty Johnson to practice pass protection, his greatest weakness as a runningback. Although the Jets didn’t lose to Broncos due to their coaching, it certainly did not help their chances.
The Jets played undisciplined football and two of their veteran special teamers were the biggest culprits. Morestead was not ready for the Ammendola field-goal attempt, and Justin Hardee was whistled after a Broncos fair catch for a senseless taunting penalty. New York’s youth team will not be able to win if it’s veterans make avoidable errors, especially when they are on special teams.