The New York Jets faced long odds when they visited QB Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers on Sunday. They were mostly up to the challenge though. At halftime, Carolina led 16-6, with New York’s only blunder being a missed tackle on a 72-yard touchdown catch-and-run by running back D’Angelo Williams. Holding a 16-6 lead made it feel like the Panthers were in control until New York got a nice drive going. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson recorded his first-career rushing touchdown. Jets signal caller Geno Smith failed to do anything on their net drive, and they had to punt deep in their own territory. An awful job on coverage resulted in full back Mike Tolbert reaching the end zone. Once again, trailing by 10 made Smith feel pressured and he threw up a prayer, which was intercepted for yet another core. This put the game out of reach and likely ended their Playoff hopes as well.
Chris ivory ran hard, which put Gang Green in a seemingly good position earlier. Due to the fact that their offense lacks consistency, they had to settle for three points. Defense played pretty well considering how explosive Newton and his teammates can be. The run defense looked solid overall, and there were times when this gifted offensive line got to Newton. One Special Teams blunder ruined an otherwise positive performance. Head coach Rex Ryan probably will get so much blame for this defeat given everything that was on the line. However, it is not up to him to protect the punter. One play did not lose the game, but it halted momentum that the Jets were building.
Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.
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