By Max Harper
The Bills pounded the Jets 45-17 on Sunday at MetLife Stadiumhttps://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/jets/2021/11/14/analysis-jets-mike-white-flops-bills-loss-time-zach-wilson/8589444002/, marking the third time in the past four games the Jets have given up 45 points or more and the fourth straight game they’ve allowed over 30.
“Clearly, it’s not good enough,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “Ever since that bye week, we haven’t been nearly as good as we have wanted to be. We have eight games left and from coaches to players, we have to find a way to get better every day. Otherwise, you’re selling yourself short.”
The Jets have played a lot of bad football over the years. But it would be hard to find a stretch of games where they’ve been worse than they are right now on defense. These numbers from ESPN Stats & Info put the alarming numbers into context.
►The Jets have allowed 1,890 yards in the past four games, the most allowed over four consecutive games in franchise history.
►They’ve allowed 175 points during that stretch, the second-most allowed over four straight games since 1970 behind the 2004 Titans (177 points).
►The Jets are the first team since the 1966 Giants to allow 45 points or more in three out of four games.
Yes, the Jets have been decimated by injury, losing edge rusher Carl Lawson and starting safeties Marcus Maye and Lamarcus Joyner to season-ending injuries. They have several rookies and other young players learning key roles on the job. Some struggles would be understandable.
But there is no excuse for being this bad, especially considering Buffalo’s offense was struggling before they showed up at MetLife: a week earlier, they couldn’t score a touchdown against the previously 1-6 Jaguars.