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New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected specialists: Chandler Catanzaro (K), Lachlan Edwards (P), Tanner Purdum (LS), Jalin Marshall (KR/PR)

Key contributors: Rontez Miles, Josh Martin, Dylan Donahue, Juston Burris, Charone Peake

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Dexter McDougle, Jalin Marshall, Juston Burris, Loc Edwards, Nick Folk, Quincy Enunwa, Ronald Martin, Rontez Miles, Tanner Purdum
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 (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Projected Starters: Wesley Johnson, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Ben Ijalana, Kelvin Beachum

Projected Back-ups: Brandon Shell, Dakota Dozier, Brent Qvale

On the bubble: Jeff Adams, Ben Braden, Chris Bordelon, Javarius Leamon, Craig Watts, Alex Balducci, Jonotthan Harrison

Departures: Nick Mangold, Breno Giacomini, Ryan Clady

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Zach Brown (53) tackles New York Jets running back Brandon Wilds (34) during the 3rd quarter at MetLife Stadium. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Zach Brown (53) tackles New York Jets running back Brandon Wilds (34) during the 3rd quarter at MetLife Stadium. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

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Having looked at some of the players signed to futures deals since the end of the regular season, this week we'll be taking a look at two players added to the roster late last year to assess their chances of making the roster and contributing in 2017.

Running back Brandon Wilds was a rookie out of South Carolina and tight end Eric Tomlinson was in his second year out of UTEP. Both made their first NFL appearance with the Jets down the stretch in 2016. 

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Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tackle Jeff Adams (70) during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tackle Jeff Adams (70) during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Over the last few weeks, we've been looking at some of the players signed to futures deals since the end of the season. Today we wrap up with a quick look at the other additions.

 

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New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

In this week's BGA, I analyze Week 17 performances by Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bilal Powell, Quincy Enunwa, Darrelle Revis and Muhammad Wilkerson among others...


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Bent: Like a pebble in your shoe that you can't get rid of, Ryan Fitzpatrick returned to the starting line-up for his final appearance as a Jet. He ends his Jets career on a positive note, with 210 yards, two touchdown passes and a quarterback rating of 109.0.

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Dec 24, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs with the ball as Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) pursues during the second half at New Era Field. The Dolphins beat the Bills 34-31 in overtime. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 24, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs with the ball as Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) pursues during the second half at New Era Field. The Dolphins beat the Bills 34-31 in overtime. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

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It seems like a lifetime ago, but back in September the Jets went to Buffalo and won 37-31 behind a tremendous performance by Ryan Fitzpatrick. The teams seemed destined to head in opposite directions at that time and that proved to be the case, but it would be the Jets who fell into a slump, while Buffalo unexpectedly moved into postseason contention.

The Bills were ultimately eliminated last week, following an overtime loss to Miami, and the 4-11 Jets are basically going through the motions as the season nears its merciful end. With Rex Ryan having been fired Tuesday, the game offers an opportunity for interim coach Anthony Lynn to make a case for a full-time head coaching job.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what to watch out for.

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It was a short but painful day for Jets QB Bryce Petty. (David Butler II)
It was a short but painful day for Jets QB Bryce Petty. (David Butler II)

In this week's BGA, I analyze Week 16 performances by Bryce Petty, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall and Juston Burris among others...


Quarterbacks

Bent: Even after such a one-sided loss, I'm still tasked with at least trying to find some things to be positive about. However, when we're talking about the quarterbacks, Saturday provided nothing whatsoever.

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Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against Miami Dolphins corner back Bobby McCain (28) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against Miami Dolphins corner back Bobby McCain (28) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

In this week's BGA, I analyze Week 15 performances by Bryce Petty, Bilal Powell, the offensive line, Darron Lee, and the special teams, among others...


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Bent: With the Jets overmatched in the trenches, there was always a risk that Bryce Petty would never make it all the way through his "four-game audition." However, ironically, most of the hits he took came not as a result of offensive linemen failing to make their blocks, but rather from unblocked rushers exploiting messed-up protections. 

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore throws a pass against Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore throws a pass against Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

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During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

The Jets host the Dolphins on Saturday with a chance to play spoiler. The 8-5 Dolphins have won seven of their last eight to leap into the postseason mix. Back in November, the Jets took a late lead in Miami and it looked like both teams were headed for a 4-5 record. However, one special teams breakdown cost the Jets the game and the teams have since seen their fortunes headed in different directions. That was a major turning point in Miami's season, but there was another last week: losing starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill to injury.

Let's break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) for the Dolphins to try and highlight what to watch out for.

Tags: BGA, Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins
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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

Regardless of the result - and, yes, I know many of you wanted to keep losing for draft positioning -- what we all wanted to see over the remainder of the season were some encouraging signs for next year and beyond.

Tags: BGA, Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Darron Lee, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Wesley Johnson
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Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In this week's BGA, I analyze Week 13 performances by Todd Bowles, Bryce Petty, Bilal Powell, Wesley Johnson and the offensive line, Quincy Enunwa, Muhammad Wilkerson and Darron Lee, and the special teams, among others...

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Nov 27, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly walks the sideline during the second half against Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 31-24. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 27, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly walks the sideline during the second half against Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 31-24. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

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During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

The 49ers season got off to a great start when they shut out the Rams 28-0 in their opener. Unfortunately, they've failed to win since then, with all but three of their losses being by double digits. While, on paper, this looks like the Jets' best remaining chance to get another win this year, the 49ers will be viewing the game in similar fashion. History is against the Jets, as they've only beaten the 49ers twice in their history and just once since 1983. It's also been six years since the Jets won a game in the Pacific Time Zone. 

Let's break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) for the 49ers to try and highlight what to watch out for.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton embrace after their victory over the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Thomas J. Russo/USA Today Sports Images)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton embrace after their victory over the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Thomas J. Russo/USA Today Sports Images)

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During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the New York Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on game day…

This week's Monday Night Football will see the Jets hosting the 5-6 Indianapolis Colts. Despite having endured a disappointing year so far, the Colts were just one game out of first place in the AFC South entering this weekend. The Colts have lost three of their last four games, albeit to three potential playoff teams in Green Bay, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. The teams met early last year with the Jets defeating the Colts 20-7, again on Monday Night Football, in one of the best performances of the Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan era.

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Bent: This was as frustrating a loss as the Jets have experienced all season. While it's easy to take consolation from the fact that the game was essentially meaningless and that losing the game might even be for the best in the long run, it's always unbearable to lose to the Patriots. 

That's especially true when the Jets arguably played well enough to win comfortably...

Tags: BGA, Darrelle Revis, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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Nov 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) throws a pass against New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (41) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) throws a pass against New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (41) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 12 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Forté and Bilal Powell, Ben Ijalana and the offensive line, Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa, the team's struggles on defense, and the special teams, among others...

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Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

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During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

Last year, the Patriots lost in overtime at MetLife Stadium, but the chances of a repeat performance tomorrow are slim. With the Jets falling to 3-7 before the bye, a chance to play spoiler is about all they have to play for over the final six games of the year. While many fans are already looking ahead to next year, the Jets' coaching staff will still be going all out to give a competitive effort. However, it might be hard to motivate their players following a frustrating first half of the season. 

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Long-time readers will know that I love low-scoring defensive struggles, but Sunday's loss to the Rams had more to do with the offensive.

The loss further ensures that the Jets won't be getting getting back into the postseason mix and sends them to the bye week with a miserable 3-7 record...

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

Nov 6, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum (17) looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers during a NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 6, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum (17) looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers during a NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

After having blown their chance to get right back into the Wild Card mix last week, the Jets host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, rounding out their pre-bye week schedule. The Rams have lost four straight after a 3-1 start that included low-scoring wins over the Seahawks and Cardinals. The teams last met in 2012 with the Jets, led by Mark Sanchez, winning 27-13. That was the second win in a row in the series for the Jets, following a sequence of seven straight Rams wins that dated back to 1983. 

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As badly as they've played so far, the Jets could easily have a winning record right now, as they completely blew winnable games against the Bengals and this past Sunday against the Dolphins.

All season, the Jets seem to play well about 90 percent of the time, but the other 10 percent is so bad that it's impossible to overcome. This can create frustration among players who are doing their job most of the time, but then lead to them letting their own standards slip.

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In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 9 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Brandon MarshallBen Ijalana, Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Jalin Marshall and the Wide Receivers, Leonard Willians, Julian Stanford and the Special Teams, among others, all which you can read here...

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Dakota Dozier, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, James Carpenter, Jordan Jenkins, Kellen Davis, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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The Jets battled their way through this one after what, objectively, was an awful first half performance. Maybe that will help them in the long run though, because it forced them to play a near-flawless second half in order to win the game.The Browns showed some promise despite being winless and, as the announcers suggested, are a different team with Josh McCown under center. However, the level of opponent for the Jets the rest of the way is still probably going to be tougher every week. They'll therefore need to play a similar brand of mistake-free football to keep winning and keep the possibility of getting themselves back into postseason contention alive.

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In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 8 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa and the Wide Receivers, Breno Giacomini and the Offensive Line, Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, the team's Defensive Line and Linebackers, and Brandon Marshall and the Special Teams, all which you can read here...

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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…Coming off their first win in over a month, the Jets head to Cleveland looking to keep the momentum going against a winless opponent. The Browns' season never really got off the ground as they've lost four of their seven games so far by double digits. They have been competitive against the weaker teams of their schedule though, losing by a combined 13 points against the Dolphins, Ravens and Titans. The teams met on opening day last year, with the Jets overcoming a slow start to pull away for a comfortable 31-10 win at home. The Browns will be looking for their first win over the Jets since 2007.

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Is Sunday's win against the Raves too little too late? Probably. Did it come at the expense of a struggling injury-plagued team? Absolutely. Has it just led me to look back on that opening day loss and regret not being in the mix at 3-4 right now? You betcha. Nevertheless, it was still nice to see the Jets start to take some baby steps back towards respectability...

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We all knew that if Geno Smith was going to being taking snaps in October, the season must have taken a turn for the worst. However, that was the case again here, as the Jets struggled to move the ball all day and Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched for the fourth quarter.

Could the team be about to go with Smith as the starter? They're saying no, for now, but if Fitzpatrick continues to struggle, that day can't be too far off. He started off by looking pretty sharp, but was benefiting from a soft defense from the Cardinals that was sitting back and allowing the offense to take what they gave them. Indeed, Fitzpatrick himself benefited from this on his last drive. Prior to the interception, he had padded his stats by completing 7-of-11 passes for 66 yards in the third quarter.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) celebrates as he scores a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) celebrates as he scores a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

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Earlier this week, the Jets claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on waivers. I've been researching and reviewing his film to try and assess what he brings to the table.

The 23-year old Seferian-Jenkins is listed at 6'5" and 260 pounds and was a second round pick in 2014. He has caught 45 passes for 603 yards and seven touchdowns in 18 games in his career so far. However, he's been injury prone and was waived by the Bucs after a DUI citation last week.

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This week, Bent analyzes Week 6 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa and the Wide Receivers, Nick Mangold and the Offensive Line, Buster Skrine and the Defensive Backs, Darron Lee and the Linebackers, Leonard Williams and the Defensive Line the and special teams.

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There wasn't much special teams action to review this week.

However, they did play a major part in the final result, as Jalin Marshall coughed up a kick return with the Jets down by 10 and it landed right in the lap of a Chiefs player.

Just like that, a 10-point deficit was 17...

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The Jets seemingly had no answer to the Chiefs' offensive gameplan, as they were able to put together extended drives, control field position and never allowed the Jets to establish any kind of offensive rhythm.

How can that be, when the Jets had the long week to prepare? Oddly enough, the Chiefs may have, in a way, exploited the fact that the Jets were too prepared...


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(John Rieger)

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw six interceptions during the Jets' 24-3 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday.

Along with the six interceptions were multiple passes that were nearly picked off.

After the game, Fitzpatrick said he's focused on Week 4.

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Brandon Marshall told reporters he switched off Thursday night's Texans-Patriots game because it was "disgusting." If he relives the film from Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, he's probably going to end up throwing his TV set in the trash.

Let's get into our position-by-position review of what went wrong with the team's offense...

Quarterback: Fitzpatrick's double hat-trick sinks Jets


Tags: Ben Ijalana, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, James Carpenter, Kansas City Chiefs, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

The win 10 days ago in Buffalo at last gave Jets fans some grounds for optimism, but how much can truly be gleaned from a narrow win against a team apparently in disarray? A potentially stiffer test faces the Jets Sunday afternoon as they make the always-tough trip to Arrowhead to face the 1-1 Chiefs. The Chiefs lost 19-12 to the Texans last week after coming from 24-3 down to beat San Diego in overtime in their opener. The home team has won each of the last five games in this series with the Chiefs beating the Jets 24-10 in their most recent meeting in 2014.

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Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of New Era Field before a game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of New Era Field before a game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

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The Bills could have easily won Thursday night's game against the Jets. In the end, though, the Jets executed better when it counted -- unlike last week -- and it get them across the finish line with a victory.

In a predictable, but initially effective game plan, Rex Ryan used the same defensive blueprint that opposing teams used to beat his Jets teams, daring the opposing quarterback to beat him downfield. The Jets didn't shy away from doing so and were able to have enough success to overcome three disastrous plays that saw the Bills, whose offense was otherwise pretty ineffective, score three out-of-nowhere touchdowns.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, BGA, Brent Qvale, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Jets offensive tackle Ben Ijalana (71) at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Jets offensive tackle Ben Ijalana (71) at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Perhaps the most interesting outcome from this week's film review is that we have an early leader in the ongoing battle between Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale for the starting right tackle job. Todd Bowles said during the week that someone needs to step up and take this role and Ijalana might just have done that. While he might not have done enough yet to secure the role full-time, Ijalana was more consistent than Qvale last night, but - more importantly - the Jets offense was significantly more potent with Ijalana in the game.

Qvale - Six drives, one touchdown, two field goals, two punts

Ijalana - Five drives, three touchdowns, one field goal, no punts

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Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) scores a touchdown against New York Jets corner back Marcus Williams (20) and linebacker Darron Lee (50) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) scores a touchdown against New York Jets corner back Marcus Williams (20) and linebacker Darron Lee (50) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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This week, Erin Henderson hurt his foot, basically forcing rookie Darron Lee into full time action. Lee, who played on passing downs and against spread personnel last week, was in the starting line-up this week as the Jets opened up in their sub-package. He may therefore have ended up getting the majority of the reps anyway.

Every now and again, Lee will show flashes of the kind of dominant linebacker play Jets fans will be hoping for from him all of the time. On a fourth quarter run, he diagnosed the play, found his way cleanly into the backfield and stopped the back in his tracks for a loss. However, that came immediately after the two preceding plays where he took a step in the wrong direction leaving a huge running lane wide open for a 24-yard run and then was blocked out of the play outside on a cut back run for positive yardage off the edge.

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Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball in for a touchdown while being defended by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams (23) during the second half at New Era Field. The Jets beat the Bills 37 to 31. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball in for a touchdown while being defended by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams (23) during the second half at New Era Field. The Jets beat the Bills 37 to 31. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

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Matt Forte delighted fantasy owners by ending up with a 100-yard, three touchdown statline, but he had to work hard to get there. Forte carried the ball 30 times and had gone in at half-time averaging just 2.2 yards per carry. Ironically, while he did most of his damage in the second half with some nice runs, I was, in a way, more encouraged by the first half performance. He is starting to impress me with his ability to find a couple of yards here and there where another back would probably have been cut down for a loss.

Thirty-one yards on 14 carries might not seem like much, but we've seen the likes of Chris Ivory with the kind of 12 yards on 14 carries statline that persuades the offensive coordinator to abandon the running game. With the success the Jets had in the second half, that clearly would have been a mistake. By putting the Jets into manageable 2nd-and-8 situations instead of 2nd-and-11 and then 3rd-and-5 instead of 3rd-and-12, this was valuable in terms of giving the playcallers more options.

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Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a pass in front of New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a pass in front of New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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A shall-we-say awkward start to this game saw Darrelle Revis once again burned for a long touchdown by speedster Marquise Goodwin - a player who entered the season with 20 career catches in three seasons. AJ Green this was not.

It seemed that Revis didn't so much underestimate Goodwin's speed as underestimate just how much Tyrod Taylor got behind that throw - an absolute pill that carried 60 yards in the air. Revis is also struggling to adjust to his own recovery speed being a step slower than he's used to. You could almost see the thought bubble above Revis' head as the ball was on its way: "I got this…I got this…I got this…I haven't got this."

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Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) makes a catch over Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vincent Rey (57) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) makes a catch over Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vincent Rey (57) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

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It doesn't seem so long ago that we were bemoaning the inability of Quincy Enunwa to establish himself as a number three receiver. In the first half yesterday, he basically established himself as a number one. Enunwa made some terrific grabs, made a great play after the catch on a short pass and drew a key first down on a penalty, while also making contributions as a blocker. He basically carried them to a field goal single-handedly on an otherwise error-strewn opening drive.

When Brandon Marshall decided to play bend-but-not-break with his left knee and departed to the locker room, it wasn't a problem. Enunwa opened the next drive with a couple of first down catches. At that point, Enunwa had 90 yards and Marshall and Eric Decker had just 74 between them. Immediately, Enunwa's success paid dividends elsewhere as Marshall returned and caught a first down and then Decker had a first down catch followed by a touchdown.

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Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. The Jets beat the Bills 37-31. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports  (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. The Jets beat the Bills 37-31. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

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As I alluded to in the introduction, Rex Ryan's approach to this game from the very start seemed to be to dare Ryan Fitzpatrick to beat them downfield. Early in the game, the announcers mentioned how Fitzpatrick was one of the league leaders last year in throwing the ball downfield. What they didn't mention was the fact that he was among the worst in the league at having success when he did so.

While it was surprising to see them have so much success - especially on the heels of a game where they didn't really even try to throw downfield - there were so many occasions last year when they almost connected but were unlucky. "They failed but they were so close" is the kind of analysis pessimistic Jets fans hate to hear, but this downfield success has been coming and adds a dimension to the offense that will make Chan Gailey's life a lot easier.

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Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) hits Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) as he throws a pass during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) hits Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) as he throws a pass during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

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With Sheldon Richardson back, some were hoping that the team could surpass last week's sack total. However, the Jets got to Tyrod Taylor just twice and both were chalked off due to penalties, as the Jets were officially credited with no sacks and just one quarterback hit. Taylor had plenty of time to throw on occasion, although this was to some extent affected by the Bills leaving extra blockers in. On the whole though, the Jets actually left blockers in more often than the Bills did, which was perhaps understandable as they had two back-ups in.

Despite this, each of the Jets main linemen had success in terms of putting Taylor under pressure and they all performed well in the running game.

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Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) kicks from the hold of punter Lac Edwards (4) against the Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) kicks from the hold of punter Lac Edwards (4) against the Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

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I've been optimistic about the abilities of the Jets' special teams units this season, but they mostly did a poor job last night, particularly in kick coverage and the blocking in the return game. Let's start by focusing on the positives though.

After some wobbles last week Nick Folk made all six kicks, including three field goals. Also, while he didn't get much work yesterday, punter Lachlan Edwards executed a good punt in a pressure situation where a mistake could have given the Bills a more realistic change at a miracle comeback. Brandon Marshall also came up big with an onside kick recovery, albeit an easy one on a poor attempt.

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws a pass under pressure by New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 22-17. (Kevin Hoffman)
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws a pass under pressure by New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 22-17. (Kevin Hoffman)

During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

This is a huge game for both teams. Whoever loses tonight will be 0-2 and staring down the barrel of a potential lost season. You'll recall what happened last season between these teams, as the Bills won 22-17 both times, in a pair of sloppy games where the Jets recovered late from a rough start in each game and had a chance to win down the stretch. Bills coach Rex Ryan seemed to take extra personal enjoyment from beating his old team, and you can bet he'll have some surprises in store for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets defensively. A win for the Jets could get their season back on track, but it isn't going to be easy.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what to watch out for.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) and New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) meet at midfield after a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) and New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) meet at midfield after a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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After all the anticipation, Sunday was a pretty horrible way to lose a game. The Jets left plenty of points on the field and lost by just one, hurting their chances on missed kicks, third down pass defense and red zone execution. The fact that the Jets came out with their hair on fire looking so good only makes the loss seem worse.

The Jets won plenty of individual battles, but Cincinnati did a better job of executing when it mattered - and did well to adjust when the Jets had success early. Unfortunately, when required to make the same kind of adjustments, the Jets had no answer, especially for the bend-but-not-break characteristic of their defense and, of course, the irrepressible A.J. Green.

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As you know, I usually like to move on from a loss and look ahead rather than dwell on it too much. History will remember this however it wants to, anyway. Whether this will be looked upon as a one-score defeat or a blowout with a flattering final scoreline down the road will probably depend upon how well the Jets play over the next month or so and what this does to people's perception of the team. One thing's for sure, it wasn't a particularly well played game by either team, so they'll both need to improve if they want to win most of their games going forwards.

London is calling! The Jets should arrive here early on Friday morning where they will prepare for the meeting with the Dolphins in a battle of two teams that were both 24-0 down in the second quarter of their previous game.

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I've registered my concern about the special teams units a few times since the start of preseason but, truth be told, they haven't been that bad so far. However, one disastrous unit-wide breakdown proved to be a game-changer. Instead of a 3-0 game with the ball deep in their own territory and their offense stalling, the Eagles were gifted a 10-0 lead and, as we're all painfully aware, this Jets team is not really built to come from behind.

Credit to Darren Sproles, I guess, who made a spectacular play on the return, but he left a litany of tacklers strewn across the field on his 89-yard punt runback. The guilty parties: Kellen Davis, Bilal Powell and Tanner Purdum, who missed tackles, Devin Smith and Erin Henderson, who overpursued, and Ryan Quigley, who out-kicked his coverage.

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It had been an encouraging start to the season for Calvin Pryor, who of course had his first interception last week. Unfortunately, this game showed that he still has some considerable room for growth.

As noted in the previous article, Pryor had a blown coverage in a mix-up with Demario Davis, but he also took a bad angle on a couple of plays, a habit I was hoping he'd started to overcome. By far his biggest issue, however, was that he kept coming up towards the line of scrimmage on running plays but then getting blocked out of the play on the edge.

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The Jets would have got the ball back with about 30 seconds left had Quinton Coples not been called for an illegal hands to the face penalty on third down. Coples did have his hand up around the neck area of his blocker, although it was well away from the play.

The call was somewhat surprising, given the fact that linemen from both teams had been doing the same sort of thing throughout the game. On this particular play, Coples didn't shove back his man with the same kind of aggression as Brandon Graham did earlier in the game when he looked like he was trying to snap D'Brickshaw Ferguson's head back like a pez dispenser. This wasn't even the most egregious example of Coples himself doing that, because he had done it earlier in much more aggressive fashion while double teamed on a stretch run.

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