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 offense.
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.
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets coach Todd Bowles (center) reacts in the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. The Rams defeated the Jets 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The bye week gives them a chance to reboot, during which they should probably start thinking about giving more playing time to younger men on the team. Individually, there are plenty of players who need to prove they deserve to be retained next season, or who are seeking a bigger role or targeting individual statistical milestones.
After the bye, the Jets face New England and, with two weeks to prepare, they will have to decide whether a pared-down version of their offense run by an inexperienced youngster gives them a better chance to win than a fully-functioning offense led by a struggling veteran.
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum (17) and New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) shake hands after their game at MetLife Stadium. The Rams defeated the Jets 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Of course, there's a school of thought that suggests losing might be more beneficial than winning in the long run due to draft positioning. But the coaching staff will be concerned about losing their jobs in addition to losing games, so the team will still look to compete.
For the next game, however, New York might not even be thinking about winning and instead will be focused on trying to avoid humiliating themselves.
In this week's full Bent's Game Analysis (BGA), I analyze Week 10 performances by Todd Bowles, Matt Forte and Bilal Powell, the offensive line, Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa, the defensive line, Darron Lee, Darrelle Revis, and the special teams, all of which you can read by clicking here.