Jets report card: Defense was a failure

Grading the Jets’ 45-30 loss to the Colts on Thursday night.

OFFENSE

The Jets rolled up 486 yards total, most of it with their third string quarterback. After Mike White’s forearm injury, Josh Johnson (27-for41, 317 yards and 3 TDs), 1 INT played well as a relief quarterback (7-for-11 yards, 95 yards, 1 touchdown) WR Elijah Moore (7 catches, 84 yards, 2 TDs) had his best game. To make the score closer, the Jets scored three second-half touchdowns.

Grade: B

DEFENSE

This group put forth a terrible effort. The Colts scored touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions, and the one on which they did not score on ended at the Jets’ 1-yard line. The Jets allowed 532 yards and 28 first downs. This was the second consecutive game in which they allowed 500 yards. The Colts ran for 260 yard with the Jets barely touching their backs. Jonathan Taylor, RB, was unstoppable with 19 rushes for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Grade: F

Jonathan Taylor scores on a 78-yard touchdown run during the Jets' 45-30 loss to the Colts.
Jonathan Taylor scores on a 78-yard touchdown run during the Jets’ 45-30 loss to the Colts.
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SPECIAL TEAMS

Thomas Morstead punted well, averaging 52 yards per punt. Matt Ammendola scored his only field goal attempt. The coverage units were excellent. KR Braxton Berrios made a 25-yard return from one of the returnable kickoffs.

Grade: B

COACHING

The defensive coaches drag this one down. Robert Saleh and DC Jeff Ulbrich had no answers against the Colts’ offense, particularly their rushing attack. The Jets are still struggling to find consistency. They were beaten by the Patriots, played well with the Bengals, and then were beaten again on Thursday night. Give OC Mike LaFleur credit. His offense has looked much more impressive in the last two weeks, and he has done this with backup quarterbacks.

Grade: C

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