The Jets gave up an early score, the offense couldn't get things going and failed to come back, as New York fell to the Cardinals, 28-3, on Monday night in Arizona.
Ryan Fitzpatrick had another rough game, throwing for just 174 yards and 16-of-31 passing. Down three scores in the third quarter, he threw his fourth red-zone interception of the season, most in the league. Geno Smith replaced him about halfway through the fourth quarter. Smith threw an interception on his one drive.
Running back David Johnson got the ball rolling for the Cardinals, scampering for a 58-yard touchdown down the near sideline, his first of three touchdowns of the night.
He'd later add his second score of the day in the second quarter, a two-yard run to cap off a 75-yard drive. Not done there, Johnson would punch it in for the third time of the game with 5:24 left in the third.
Carson Palmer was 23-for-34 passing against the Jets defense, connecting with Michael Floyd on a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
The Jets finished with just 230 total yards and were penalized 10 times.
It's hard to imagine a worse performance in a must-win game than the Jets put on in Arizona on Monday night. And start with this: They committed seven penalties in the first 10 minutes of the game. That doesn't exactly scream, "Ready to play!"
You can probably blame the coaching staff for that, and then you can blame the players for everything else. Start with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who clearly has lost all of his 2015 magic. He looked terrible. His passes were off-target. Many of his decisions were poor. And it was so bad that the Jets had to at least be thinking about a quarterback change at halftime, or at the latest after he through an end zone interception late in the third quarter.
That was basically the Jets' last chance to make it a game. They never could get their offense in sync. They couldn't run the ball and with the exception of one big play by Brandon Marshall they basically got nothing out of their receivers.
As for the defense … Well, they did get a little more pressure on Cardinals QB Carson Palmer thanks to the aggressive blitzing they hinted at all week. But RB David Johnson ran for three touchdowns - a 58-yarder and two 2-yarders - and he was untouched on all three of them. He got no resistance from the Jets' defensive line and ran through terrible tackling behind them.
Or, to make a long story short: The Jets looked like a bad team. Which they are.
And now they are 1-5 after the much-hyped, killer, six-game stretch to start their season. They knew they had to go 3-3 to survive and instead they were about as bad as they possibly could be. The good news? Their next four games aren't exactly a basket of unbeatables. They play the Baltimore Ravens (3-3), at Cleveland (0-6), at Miami (2-4), and home against the L.A. Rams (3-3). So perhaps if they can improve their play they could head into their bye week 4-6 or 5-5.
The bad news? They still have to play the Patriots twice and they still probably need at least nine and maybe 10 wins to get to the playoffs. Their disastrous 1-5 start has basically removed their entire margin of error. And for all intents and purposes, they are essentially done.