New York Jets Cough Up Another One, 25-20, to Atlanta Falcons (Highlights)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 29: Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates his celebrates his touchdown with teammate tight end Austin Hooper #81 against strong safety Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets during the fourth quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on October 29, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

The New York Jets coughed up another lead, this time against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium.

  • New York Jets 20 (3-5)
  • Atlanta Falcons 25 (4-3)
  • NFL, Final, Box Score
  • MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

The neutral observer who’d be given the task of watching every New York Jets loss this season would pretty much say the same thing. Other than the first two weeks, these losses have come via the same fashion.

Josh McCown and the Jets offense stretch the field in the first half while grabbing an unlikely lead.

They then continue to rush the ball for little success, reel in the attack a bit and then eventually cough up the lead in the second half.

We saw it against New England two weeks ago. We saw it in Miami last week. And we saw it again in Week 8 when the Atlanta Falcons came into MetLife Stadium and walked away with the 25-20 victory.

This time around, the lead wasn’t two possessions. Against both the Pats and Phins, the Jets enjoyed 14-point leads. Against the NFC Champions, the largest lead of the day for the home team was seven (7-0, 17-10).

It finally evaporated after Chandler Catanzaro missed his second field goal of the day and Tevin Coleman ripped off a monster run.

It led to a big-time Mohamed Sanu 3rd-down score.

Still, another lead was coughed up and culprit No. 1 turned out to be Jeremy Kerley. With six minutes and change to go in the game, the Jets defense just came up with a big stop down two points. Matt Bosher boomed a punt in which Kerley muffed.

Atlanta took over in the red zone up two points and came away with a field goal which extended the lead to five.

Josh McCown and the Jets attacking offense in the first half was great in the rain. Yet again, the offense simply did too little later on. McCown finished with 257 yards and two scores on 26-of-33 passing.

Robby Anderson led the way through the air with 104 yards and a touchdown on six grabs.

On the ground, it was tough-sledding yet again. New York could muster just 43 yards on 22 carries. Bilal Powell finished with a team-high 33.

Defensively, Jamal Adams came away with his first takeaway of his young career. Muhammad Wilkerson enjoyed his best game of the year by far. He picked up his first sack of the year but more importantly, he moved the O-line on the ground.

Other than the sin of forcing the running game too much, the Jets O-line just could not handle Atlanta’s standard four-man pass rush. This was especially evident late in the game. McCown was forced to scramble and move on every play. Atlanta finished with three sacks.

Matt Ryan finished with 254 yards and two TDs on 18-of-29. Julio Jones was kept in check for most of the day. A big gainer of 53 led to his 74 total yards on three grabs. That sole play made his stat-line look a lot nicer. On the ground, Coleman led the way with 82 yards on 14 attempts.

The bright spot for New York was the overall coverage against this talented offense. Adams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne and Darron Lee did a tremendous job all game long. They just need that pass rush to raise its level of play and match them.

Next up for the 3-5 Jets will be the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. They’ll turn to an AFC East rival in attempt to snap a three-game losing streak.

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