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Need to know: The Jets became the first NFL team to be shut out this season; the last time they were shut out was 2012.
Some Jets fans got their wish when Michael Vick replaced Geno Smith to start the second half with the Jets trailing 21-0, but it didn't make much difference. The Jets had 65 yards on their first 10 possessions and didn't cross the 50 until the fourth. Smith was 4-for-12 for 27 yards, 1 INT and a 7.6 passer rating, Vick was 8-for-19 for 47 yards.
After the game, Rex Ryan said Smith will start next week at home against Denver. "I apologize to the fans; those that are left," said Ryan, who characterized the game as an embarrassment and a "complete [butt]-whipping".
Meanwhile, the Chargers' Philip Rivers was 20-for-28 for 288 yards with three TDs and 1 INT.
The Jets' 12th penalty (Vick was called for going past the line of scrimmage on a pass) wiped out a TD.
Linebacker David Harris left with what appeared to be a shoulder injury . . .Sheldon Richardson (neck) also did not return.. . Chargers running back Donald Brown left with a concussion. The Jets' Quinton Coples was called for unnecessary roughness for clotheslining Brown in the second quarter.
What's Next: The Jets host the Broncos next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. It's Denver's first visit to MetLife Stadium since its 43-8 loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl in February.
Dee Milliner and Dawan Landry discuss the Jets' 31-0 loss to the Chargers.
I was very worried about the Jets chances heading into San Diego based on the matchup, but I did not envision it being a shutout situation. The Chargers are at their best where the Jets are at their worst. The Jets defense's ability to stop the pass and the Jets offense in throwing the ball outside the numbers will never be the strength of this 2014 Jets team.
As expected, Philip Rivers was almost perfect on the day, moving the ball with ease and distributing passes around his offense well. It was going to be hard to even slow Rivers down and that proved to be the case.
Challenging corners Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett with the likes of Greg Salas and David Nelson is a recipe for disaster. With Eric Decker out of the game, it made matters for the Jets offense even harder and I had hoped the Jets would get their involved their running backs and tight ends involved much more in the gameplan. That never really seemed to happen until the last drive of the game. Eric Decker was never going to be the savior of this offense, but his presence could have helped to stabilize a group that badly needs any and all help. The nagging injuries that Decker has been suffering so far this season are starting to wear on what this offense can and can't do.
Beyond all this, the game will be made worse by the Geno Smith benching storyline. The Jets have stated that they fully expect Geno to remain the starter next week and based on the lackluster show that Mike Vick put on in the second half, there's no reason to second-guess Ryan's return to Geno. Vick did nothing t snatch the job away from Geno. The team benched Smith at times last year when required and seems to be doing the same thing all over. The only difference is that the backup is named Vick instead of Simms.